Bobrovsky gets 40th win as Columbus shuts out Philadelphia
BLUE JACKETS 1, FLYERS 0
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.