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Blue Jackets top Coyotes, extend point streak to 10 games

Mar 16, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets remain red-hot and Sergei Bobrovsky remains the main reason why.

The 24-year-old Russian netminder continued his torrid March on Saturday, stopping all 39 Phoenix Coyotes shots – and both shootout attempts – to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 shootout win. (Mike Smith experienced the bittersweet shutout loss, making all 23 saves.)

Columbus is now 6-0-4 in its last 10 games, with “Bob” going 6-0-3 in that span. (Steve Mason dropped a 4-3 OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 1.)

Bobrovsky now has two shutouts, allowed one goal four times (somehow losing twice after regulation) and allowed two goals once in his hot run. Overall, he has a 9-6-5 record with an outstanding .932 save percentage and 2.00 GAA.

While many believe that this implies a bright future for the Blue Jackets, the present is a surprising consideration, too.

As of this writing, their 28 standings points leaves them just two points behind seventh-ranked Los Angeles (30) and eighth place San Jose (also 30), although both California rivals hold three games in hand. Beating Phoenix was significant in that it keeps the ninth-ranked Coyotes within their grasp at 30 points, as well.

Clearly, Columbus still has a way to go to truly contend for a playoff spot, but teams must take them – and possibly their goalie of the future – seriously for the first time in a long time.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    The mayor must have fired them up about the all star game

  2. therealcoltmccoy - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Bob!! if you don’t know, now you know.

  3. dutchman1350 - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    How’s that Rick Nash trade looking for the CBJ? Would be great if CBJ make the playoffs and get a top 5 pick from the Rangers.

  4. 950003cups - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nice job BJs.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Yeh know this team now has a franchise goalie, a couple nice defenseman, and three
    number one picks in a very deep draft…the Blue Jackets look like their going to be
    a handful in a few years

  6. bensawesomeness - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    That’s a headline i never thought i’d read
    Kudos where Kudos are due, well done Jackets

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Holmgren traded a young, franchise goaltender in order to keep an expensive nutjob. Unless Stolarz becomes an elite goalie this will go down in history as a terrible move. I always liked Bob more but I didn’t think he was capable of this kind of production. I guess the Flyers didnt either. Every time I look at a CBJ box score Bob has like 39 saves and the Blue Jackets win or lose 1-0. Unbelievable. Howson might deserve some credit here.

  8. jrs45 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Wow way to go CBJ!

  9. LampyB - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    It’s about time, Columbus has been terrible since the Fedorov days! The higher the competition the better, I’m really hoping they’re able continue and take this into next year. GO WINGS

  10. scionofflame - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Bobrovsky is really playing well for the Blue Jackets, and I’m glad for it. That fan base deserves some solid wins and something to get -excited- about.

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