If good goaltenders give their team a chance to win, then great goaltenders steal wins. That fits Sergei Bobrovsky, who has led the Blue Jackets to three straight wins despite the fact that Columbus hasn’t been able to score more than two goals in any of those contests. Columbus’ offensive drought isn’t as big a problem when Bobrovsky is at the top of his game.
Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy for the second time in 2016-17 and he’s looking like a serious contender to claim it for a second consecutive year. Since 1981-82 when the criteria for the Vezina Trophy was changed, there have only been three goaltenders to earn the trophy in back-to-back seasons: Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, and Martin Brodeur. That would be amazing company for Bobrovsky to be a part of.
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COLUMBUS 2 NY RANGERS 0
As touched on above, Columbus won this one on the strength of Sergei Bobrovsky’s goaltending. He turned aside 36 shots to earn his second shutout of the season. He has a 2.02 GAA and .933 save percentage in 16 starts.
Henrik Lundqvist had a strong showing too, even if he ultimately got the loss. He turned aside 40 of 42 Blue Jackets shots to bounce back after allowing four goals in 46:32 minutes versus Chicago on Wednesday. He has a 8-6-2 record, 2.98 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 17 games.
Michael Grabner tied for the Rangers’ team-high in shots with four. He has eight goals on 45 SOG in 2017-18.
Zach Werenski netted the first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 12th point in 20 contests.
Artemi Panarin also found the back of the net for Columbus. He has four goals and 14 points in 20 games.
DETROIT 3 BUFFALO 1
Jimmy Howard kicked out 19 of 20 shots to earn his second straight win. That gives him a 8-5-1 record, 2.23 GAA, and .931 save percentage in 15 starts.
Ryan O'Reilly netted the Sabres’ lone goal in the third period. It was his seventh goal and 14th point in 19 contests.
Tomas Tatar scored the game-winning goal. He has five goals and eight points in 20 games this season.
Luke Glendening found the back of the net for Detroit. That gives him five goals in 20 contests, though he hasn’t registered an assist yet.
Robin Lehner turned aside 30 of 33 shots last night. He has a 4-7-2 record with a 3.09 GAA and .903 save percentage in 14 contests.