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Robbed by Bob: Blue Jackets blank Hurricanes 3-0

Jan 10, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes seemed to fight off fatigue pretty well on Friday in playing back-to-back games, but they couldn’t solve Sergei Bobrovsky. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ goalie stopped all 36 shots to power his team past the Canes by a score of 3-0 tonight.

Columbus’ other Friday hero Cam Atkinson (one goal, one assist) put it simply enough after the win.

“That’s the Bob we all know and love,” Atkinson said.

“Bob” seems like he’s indeed starting to heat up, at least when injuries aren’t getting in the way. The Russian netminder has won four games in a row and five of his last six games; unfortunately, that streak includes two games in January, one in December and three in November, so maybe it’s not fair to call it a streak at all.

Carolina came into today with what was definitely a strong streak, though, as the Hurricanes had won four consecutive contests. This represents an end of a streak for surging backup Anton Khudobin, too, as he saw his 2013-14 record drop to 6-1-0.

(Actually, make that at least three runs that end for Carolina. Jeff Skinner‘s six-game point streak is finished, although not for a lack of trying, as he fired seven shots on goal.)

Could this be the spark that Columbus needs to be better than the .500 (20-20-4) team they are? That’s anyone’s guess, as people were left pondering similar thoughts about Carolina (now 19-17-9) on Thursday night.

If nothing else, Blue Jackets fans can at least point back to this dazzling save:

  1. penguins87and71 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Watch out for Columbus. They are talented enough to get on a roll. The Metropolitan division is starting to get very competitive. The Rangers, Capitals, Flyers, Hurricanes, and Blue Jackets have been on a role as of late.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Better watch that 15 pt lead. Seriously though, the Metro will end up being the most competitive to end the season (notice I didn’t say best). A win here, loss there, andd it could be the difference between #2 and #7.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I guess it makes for great intense hockey coming down the stretch.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    What I completely don’t get is not figuring out a way to re-sign V. Prospal

    • bluejacketsfan16 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Pretty simple really. Do you restrict ice time for your young up and comers in Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, etc to bring back a 40 year old player who has no speed on a team that relies on its speed? Time to give the kids a chance. So grateful for everything VP did here especially during the dark days in 2011-12, but it was time to move on.

  4. lallin66fan - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Well looks like officer Bobrovsky is back on the case.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    I was at this game , he was a brick wall to say the least
    But what I loved the most was the energy in the crowd, probably the best and loudest I’ve heard it since I went to the Nashville game which we won but still needed Colorado to win for us to make it to the playoffs , it didn’t happen but I think people overlook Columbus’s fans , they’re unreal when the team puts forth their best efforts

  6. blue21c - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Bob!!!!’!!!!!!!

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