For the second game in a row, the Columbus Blue Jackets ended regulation with the score tied at one. The CBJ ended up winning both games by a final score of 2-1 thanks to a goaltender by the name of Sergei Bobrovsky.
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 28 of the 29 shots he faced on Tuesday night in Montreal against the Canadiens, but, more importantly, he added a couple that were of the highlight-reel variety to his world-class resume.
CBJ Head Coach John Tortorella referenced a third-period save Bobrovsky made as well as a ridiculous save Bob made in overtime against the Red Wings on Saturday night in the postgame press conference when he said:
I think right now the Columbus Blue Jackets own the best save of the year in the highlights and I think the second-best save of the year in the highlights.
Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski also had plenty of praise for Bob when the game was over:
It’s no surprise anymore…He’s (Bobrovsky) the best goalie in the world…It’s actually kinda comical sometimes on the bench when he makes those saves so, it’s uh, it’s pretty unbelievable.
The offense was scarce for most of the night for the Jackets.
Josh Anderson put the puck in the back of the net just 2:31 into regulation, but it wasn’t until 1:09 into overtime that the CBJ would get on the board once again. The game winner was scored by Zach Werenski on a nice cross-ice pass from Cam Atkinson.
Here’s how Torts described his team’s offensive performance:
It’s obvious—we have a lot of guys struggling offensively.
Paul Byron scored the lone goal for the Canadiens at the 12:14 mark of the third period, but was robbed around the midway point of the second period by Bobrovsky on a short-handed breakaway (one of the two aforementioned “highlight-reel” saves of the evening).
The power play woes continued for the Jackets (the team went 0-2 on the man advantage), but they were still able to win the game despite only scoring once in regulation.
CBJ defenseman Jack Johnson summed up the game nicely:
We’re able to find a way to win games scoring one goal in regulation, it’s cause of him (Bobrovsky).
The Columbus Blue Jackets may need more than just a hot goaltender on Friday night when they host the New York Rangers, who are currently in the midst of a six-game winning streak.