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Columbus’ McElhinney starts run as No. 1 with shutout

Dec 6, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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Once word broke that Sergei Bobrovsky would miss four-to-five weeks with a groin injury, many wondered if the Columbus Blue Jackets could trust journeyman backup Curtis McElhinney to carry the mail. He passed his first test on Friday.

McElhinney shut the Minnesota Wild out tonight as the Blue Jackets cruised to a 4-0 victory (Columbus generated a 41-20 shot disparity).

The Blue Jackets note that this is his first shutout in almost exactly two years. The 30-year-old is just 2-3-1 this season, yet he’s done  well individually in his very limited opportunities. With Bobrovsky likely out until we hit 2014, this is a promising start, even if the numbers indicate that the Blue Jackets made life pretty easy for him.

That’s not necessarily a common theme of his recent life experiences, as McElhinney’s had a tough go of things even compared to other goalies who bounce between the NHL and AHL.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline adds background on the horrific injury McElhinney suffered two seasons ago, when he tore both his groin muscles and cracked his pubic symphysis.

/Imagines PHT readers getting up from the kitchen table and sadly throwing boiled chicken meals in the trash …

  1. lowenni - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    McElhinney has actually played very very well this year. Kind of fun to watch him as an underdog/career-journeyman trying to make a name for himself at the age of 30.

  2. mp1131211 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    What the hell happened? We beat the blackhawks, turn around a sh** the bed

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Don’t you know its backwards week? The Stars beat the Blackhawks. The Penguins destroyed the Sharks. The Hurricanes just beat the Sharks, and Nashville. Florida beat Winnipeg. Edmonton blew out Colorado. The Flames blew out Phoenix. And, if the score holds, The Flames will beat Colorado as well. Something strange is a’ brewin’.

      I’m probably missing some. That was off the top of my head, but ga’ damn. Hell of a week for me betting on one day Fantasy lineups.

  3. ruthlessandtoothless - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Columbus is gonna pull the old “random goalie vezina win” thing 2 years in a row just wait

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