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Mar 29, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (17) during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was not impressed with TD Garden’s playoff crowds.

Speaking with NBC 4 Columbus after Columbus’ double-overtime Game 2 win in Boston, Dubinsky declared that Nationwide Arena would be much louder than Boston was during the first two games of this second-round showdown.

Them’s fighting words for the 17,565 that came out to Causeway on Thursday and Saturday.

In Dubinsky’s defense, though, the Garden has been oddly subdued this series.

If we choose to ignore the emotional hangover of a quick turnaround, Game 1 had a late-arriving crowd due to some just plain ungodly traffic around the Garden, while Game 2’s 8:22 p.m. puck drop probably played a part in a tame crowd. There’s also the fact that there’s been more than a few empty seats throughout this series, as the ticket demand for this series does not appear to be there like it was for the Black and Gold’s first-round matchup against the rival Maple Leafs.

And Columbus should be louder, as this is the first time the Blue Jackets have advanced out of the first round in their franchise history. They also have an actual cannon in their building, which surely adds some noise to the equation.

But the Garden will get another chance to show Dubinsky how loud they can be when the series returns to Boston for next Saturday’s Game 5, which became official by way of Matt Duchene’s double-overtime goal on Saturday night.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.