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Bobrovsky gets opening night start for Columbus

Jan 19, 2013, 1:29 PM EST

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The battle to see who would start in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets at least has a winner for opening night.

Jackets coach Todd Richards said newcomer Sergei Bobrovsky would get the start tonight in Nashville against the Predators. He gets the call over incumbent and struggling starter Steve Mason.

Columbus acquired Bobrovsky over the summer from the Flyers for draft picks. The Jackets needed to improve in goal and the young Russian provided the upgrade they were looking for. If he can provide stability in net, something he showed he has a little bit of from his time in Philly, Columbus will be more than pleased.

  1. rainmaker97 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    You’re a loose cannon, Bobrovsky! YOU’RE OFF THE CASE

    • 19to77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      There is literally nothing wrong and everything right with the mental image I have for this. John Davidson as a gruff, no-nonsense police chief is priceless.

  2. aphoticapex - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Good luck to him, although he has to face the Preds.

    • bcsteele - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Good luck to him, although he has to face…well any of the other 29 teams in the league…

  3. puckmepuckyou - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Bob is a good goalie but his weakness is when he goes butterfly he leans forward opening a big hole above him. Thought he could have been coached out of that.

  4. orangeandblack67 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Good luck BOB! He’s a solid goalie with top notch speed moving pipe to pipe.

  5. flavordave - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    HAPPY HOCKEY DAY TO ALL!

    • 19to77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Amen, brother.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I like Bob. He should get ample PT and showcase his cat-like reflexes.

  7. dclogicatlast - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I like Bob, but shoot high glove side against all day and you’ll score.

  8. schuckme - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    as a flyers fan this trade of Bobs will ultimately blow up in homers face the kid will be a great goalie on a team that can help out in front of him I’m not sure Columbus is that team but they have a great young goalie who should push mason out.. and Philly wonders why they never have goaltending and yet they let go of one of the young promising ones that fell into their laps.. smh..

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