The Columbus Blue Jackets’ unfathomable point streak grew to 10 games on Saturday, as Sergei Bobrovsky helped lead the team past the Phoenix Coyotes. The game ended in the rare 0-0 tie after regulation but the Blue Jackets were able to get the extra point by winning the shootout. Bobrovsky outdueled Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith throughout the night, and was much busier as he finished the night with 39 saves to Smith’s 23. The Blue Jackets now sit just two points away from a playoff spot, as Bobrovsky continues to play like one of the league’s best goaltenders.
The shutout was the second of Bobrovsky’s career, and his second in eight days. He has now appeared in nine of the 10 games in the current point streak, and has a 6-0-3 record. His season goals against average has now dropped to 2.00, while his save percentage (.932) continues to rise. For a goalie with a career goals against mark of 2.58, this season’s run has been incredibly impressive. The Blue Jackets’ offense hasn’t exactly been giving him a ton of support this season, but he’s proven capable of keeping them in close games nonetheless.
The Blue Jackets have seen their penalty kill improve to fourth in the league during their streak, and have allowed just one goal in their last 10 games, while playing a man down. There is little question that signing Bobrovsky was the best off-season move that Columbus made, as his performance has taken the team from basement-dweller to dark horse playoff contender. Next up for Columbus is a Tuesday night meeting with the Nashville Predators. With two full days’ rest, there should be no reason not to give the start to Bobrovsky.