Bo­brovsky de­liv­ers in a sec­ond-straight low-scor­ing win

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports - By Steve Gorten

MON­TREAL — The Blue Jack­ets can’t con­tinue to rely on Sergei Bo­brovsky to res­cue them.

Not like he did Satur­day in Detroit, and then once again Tues­day night.

For now, though, they’ll hap­pily set­tle on pick­ing up points while their two-time Vez­ina Tro­phy­win­ning goalie pushes them for­ward.

Bo­brovsky was brilliant, and Zach Weren­ski scored the win­ning goal from the slot 1:09 into over­time to give the Jack­ets their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 2-1 win on the road, this time against the Cana­di­ens at the Bell Cen­tre.

“We’re just find­ing ways to win,” said Weren­ski, who was set up in over­time by Cam Atkinson. “Ob­vi­ously, we’d like to end it in reg­u­la­tion and score a few more goals. It’s tough to win when you score one goal in reg­u­la­tion. But we’re find­ing ways and get­ting two points. At the end of the day, that’s all that mat­ters, so we’re happy with it.”

The Jack­ets have won six of the seven games this sea­son that have been de­cided in over­time or by a shootout, which in­cludes a 2-1 win Satur­day in a niner­ound shootout.

Bo­brovsky made 28 saves, in­clud­ing sev­eral stel­lar stops. One of his best came on a 2-on-1 Cana­di­ens rush when he dropped his stick and de­flected Ja­cob De La Rose’s shot with his blocker while fully stretched.

“Every­one can see how valu­able he is to our team,” Weren­ski said. “When­ever he’s back there, you feel like you’re go­ing to win the game. It’s un­be­liev­able how lucky we are to have a guy like that back in net for us.”

There was only so much that even Bo­brovsky could do, though. Mon­treal even­tu­ally scored to pull even when Paul By­ron stuck in a re­bound of Shea We­ber’s shot off Bo­brovsky’s right pad with 7:46 left.

Bo­brovsky re­ceived lit­tle scor­ing sup­port. For the fourth con­sec­u­tive game, the Jack­ets gave their goalie just one goal in reg­u­la­tion.

“We needed the points, and the game dic­tated those con­di­tions,”

Con­tin­ued re­cent mas­tery against Cana­di­ens with 28 saves Fifth goal of sea­son was the win­ner for an of­fen­sively chal­lenged team Cre­ated sev­eral scor­ing chances and stuck in a re­bound for the ty­ing goal

Bo­brovsky said. “You have to be fo­cused. You have to work, and you have to step up for your team­mates when they need it.”

Just as on Satur­day at Detroit, that came early. Sta­tioned in front of Mon­treal goalie Char­lie Lindgren, Josh An­der­son de­flected Markus Nu­ti­vaara’s shot with his el­bow, and then whacked the puck in off one bounce.

An­der­son’s team­lead­ing sev­enth goal came just 2:29 into the game and set the tone for a strong first pe­riod for the Jack­ets, who out­shot the Cana­di­ens 10-8. For the 15th con­sec­u­tive time, though, they failed to score on a power play.

On their next 2:29. Penal­ties—Benn, MTL, (trip­ping), 12:00; Weren­ski, COL, (in­ter­fer­ence), 15:26.

Penal­ties—Shaw, MTL, (trip­ping), 8:10; Schroeder, COL, (hold­ing), 16:53.

2. Mon­treal, By­ron 4 (We­ber, Galchenyuk), 12:14.

3. Colum­bus, Weren­ski 5 (Du­bin­sky, Atkinson), 1:09. man-ad­van­tage mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, they nearly sur­ren­dered a goal and their 1-0 lead. Paul By­ron bore down on Bo­brovsky on a break­away, but the goalie made a right-pad save to pre­serve the lead.

The Jack­ets came into the game with a five-game point streak (4-0-1) against the Cana­di­ens, hav­ing outscored them 22-6 dur­ing that stretch. As he was Tues­day night, Bo­brovsky was brilliant in the three most-re­cent matchups, post­ing a 2-0-1 record, .979 save per­cent­age and 0.65 goals-against av­er­age.

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