Bo­brovsky gets 40th win as Colum­bus shuts out Philadel­phia


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Sergei Bo­brovsky kept Colum­bus in the game, and a lucky goal in the sec­ond pe­riod was enough for the Blue Jack­ets.

Bo­brovsky made 36 saves in his sev­enth shutout of the sea­son, help­ing Colum­bus beat the Philadel­phia Fly­ers, 1-0, on Satur­day in Ohio.

The Rus­sian goalie was ter­rific in his NHL-lead­ing 40th win, and Alexan­der Wennberg tipped in the game’s only goal. The gritty vic­tory in front of a sell­out crowd broke a two-game los­ing streak for the play­off-bound Blue Jack­ets and moved them into a tie with idle Pitts­burgh for sec­ond in the Metropoli­tan Divi­sion.

Bo­brovsky’s 19th ca­reer shutout tied the fran­chise high. And it came against his for­mer team. He is 8-0-2 in his past 10 starts.

“I don’t think about statis­tic points,” the typ­i­cally un­der­stated Bo­brovsky said. “It’s very im­por­tant to me that we win each game.”

The Fly­ers, try­ing to mus­cle their way back into wild-card race, cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties and out­shot Colum­bus 36-21. Michal Neu­virth made 20 stops in Philadel­phia’s 10th straight loss at Na­tion­wide Arena.

With just un­der seven min­utes left in the sec­ond pe­riod, Wennberg man­aged to bat a Kyle Quincey shot out of the air, with the puck sneak­ing through Neu­virth’s pads.

“It was go­ing high, so I tried to stay pa­tient,” Neu­virth said. “I didn’t ex­pect any­body to tip it in front.”

HUR­RI­CANES 3, DEVILS 1: Jeff Skin­ner scored the goa­head goal on a break­away with 10:26 left, and surg­ing Carolina stretched its points streak to 10 games with a vic­tory in Ne­wark that elim­i­nated New Jersey from play­off con­tention for the fifth straight year.

SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Jack Eichel scored twice and set up an­other goal in Buf­falo’s home win that slowed Toronto’s late-sea­son surge to clinch a play­off berth.

Aus­ton Matthews scored his 34th to tie Toronto’s sin­gle-sea­son rookie record set by Wen­del Clark in 1985-86.

CANA­DI­ENS 3, SE­NA­TORS 1: An­drei Markov scored two goals and set up an­other, and Mon­treal beat vis­it­ing Ot­tawa to re­tain first place in the At­lantic Divi­sion.

BRU­INS 2, IS­LAN­DERS 1: Ri­ley Nash scored twice, and backup goalie An­ton Khu­dobin made 18 saves as Bos­ton won in New York to snap a four-game los­ing streak.

FLAMES 3, BLUES 2 (OT): Sean Mon­a­han scored with three sec­onds left in over­time, lift­ing Cal­gary past host St. Louis.

The Flames im­proved to 13-4 in over­time this sea­son.

CANUCKS 4, WILD 2: Reid Boucher scored twice in Van­cou­ver’s four-goal sec­ond pe­riod, and the Canucks de­feated slump­ing Min­nesota in St. Paul.

Brock Boeser and Jack Skille also scored for Van­cou­ver, while Richard Bach­man stopped 25 shots in just his third start.

PAN­THERS 7, BLACKHAWKS 0: Jonathan Marches­sault scored his first ca­reer hat trick, James Reimer stopped 25 shots for his first shutout of the sea­son, and Florida routed Chicago at home in Sunrise.

PREDATORS 7, SHARKS 2: Colton Sis­sons and James Neal scored twice to lead host Nashville over stag­ger­ing San Jose, which has lost six straight games.


Goalie Sergei Bo­brovsky earned his 19th ca­reer shutout, which tied Colum­bus’s fran­chise mark.

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