Just three nights after seeing their franchise-record 12-game point streak snapped, the Columbus Blue Jackets bounced back with a solid performance against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. It was an especially good sign for the team to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky shake off Saturday’s dismal performance against the Nashville Predators, and make 34 saves against the Canucks before falling in the shootout.
Bobrovsky was pulled on Saturday after allowing four goals on 11 shots in the first period, one of his worst outings of the season. It was a big test on Tuesday to see how the Blue Jackets would respond in their next game, and while offensive questions remain, Bobrovsky was stellar in ensuring his team got at least a point against one of the top four teams in the Western Conference. It was the third straight game between the Canucks and Blue Jackets to be decided by just one goal, and the sixth Blue Jackets game to head to the shootout this month alone.
The Blue Jackets continue to look like a team on the playoff bubble, but need to find a way to win these close games. Ten of their games in March have been decided by one goal, and they have a 6-0-4 record in those games. Those four points left on the table would have them in seventh place in the conference, instead they are 11th. The Blue Jackets managed just 17 shots on goal against the Canucks, and need to be careful not to waste performances like the one they got from Bobrovsky.