The NHL announced its three stars for the Month of March on Monday, and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was honored for his strong efforts last month in being named the third star. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was the first star and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was named the second star. The Blue Jackets headed into Monday owning the eighth spot in the Western Conference, and it’s hard to argue any one player other than Bobrovsky has done more to help the team get to that point.
After losing six of their first eight games, the Blue Jackets looked nothing like a playoff contender. Then, Bobrovsky came up huge for the team in March, helping set a franchise record as his team took at least a point from 12 straight games. In that stretch, the young goaltender recorded the first two shutouts of his career, blanking the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. While getting little goal support for most of the season, Bobrovsky has done everything he can to keep his team in the hunt each game. He made 29 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, which was the win that pushed Columbus into the playoff picture. Seven games in March saw Bobrovsky make 30 saves or more, and at one point he had 39 saves in consecutive games.
If the Blue Jackets do somehow hold on and secure a playoff berth, Bobrovsky certainly deserves some trophy consideration. He’s by far been the most valuable player for his team this season, and gives Blue Jackets fans something to look forward to in coming seasons.