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Richards on Bobrovsky allowing game-winner: ‘I’ve seen him make that save 1,000 times’

Apr 17, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

Let’s just say that Columbus head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy with the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina winner, looked just average in Game 1 and finished with a pedestrian .875 save percentage after making 28 stops on 32 shots — but there was one save in particular Bobrovsky didn’t make that drew Richards’ ire:

The goal again, in case you missed it:

If the Jackets are going to win this series — which would require them to win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history — Bobrovsky will need to perform better than he did on Wednesday and will likely have to out-duel Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens goalie won the head-to-head battle in Game 1, stopping 31 of 34 Columbus shots while shutting the Blue Jackets out over the final 39 minutes of play.

  1. maalea - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    The 2nd goal was no beauty. either.

  2. cheesesteak75 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    How many times have you seen him make that save for your team in the playoffs? That would be zero.

  3. kastout11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Bobrovsky gave up 2 soft goals, but I think he will bounce back in game 2. He is a very hot and cold goalie. Columbus played well enough to win last night, but the last guy you would think, let them down.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    At first I was convinced that puck wasn’t going in until it hit his arm but now I am not so sure. Either way, Columbus put up more of a fight than I thought without Horton.

  5. chrisk61 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    let’s see how bobrovsky does in playoffs. i would love to see him knock off the pens. but if he does not, and doesn’t play well, the flyers are somewhat vindicated, at least for now, relative to that trade.

    just like toronto’s implosion is vindicating the jvr-l schenn trade. flyers don’t miss jvr’s production so much. but i think toronto is really missing a schenn as a defenseman. toronto’s defense is terrible and why they didn’t make playoffs.

  6. Hockeyfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    That was a very predictable shot from Sutter. Highlight reels must have shown Sutter shooting from that same place a dozen times. Soft goal. Fleury also not so sharp in the beginning of the game but had a few good saves later.

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