Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is an amiable sort, but he has been known to swat personal questions aside like a soft slap shot from the blue line. His least favorite topic is himself. But last night, after leading the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, even he relented for a quick stroll in the spotlight. It was Bobrovsky’s second game against his former club but his first at the Wells Fargo Center, so the 37-save shutout — his fourth of the season and eighth of his career — demanded savoring. “It’s special, definitely,” Bobrovsky said. “It’s tough for me to really explain how great it feels, but it is special. It was a huge win for the team, not just me. But it’s a special feeling.” James Wisniewski scored late in the second period and Brandon Dubinsky early in the third, and the Blue Jackets were masterful in keeping the lead during the stretch drive, making the Flyers chase the play and eliciting boos from crowd. “When they’re booing, it’s usually a pretty good indication,” coach Todd Richards said. The Blue Jackets had never won at the Wells Fargo Center, going 0-5-1. It was a crucial victory because if the Blue Jackets had lost in regulation, they would have fallen out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Instead, they held on to the eighth seed and second wild-card spot, and they gained new life in their quest to finish third in the Metropolitan Division. They are now two points behind the Flyers, and each team has six games left. “Eyes gotta stay on the prize,” Dubinsky said. “It’s Chicago (tonight). We have to prepare for that. We’re in a good position. It’s not like last year, where we had to watch and hope and chase teams. We’re where we need to be, but we have to keep our foot on the gas.” The Blue Jackets’ penalty-killing unit kept them in the game in the first period, stopping three Flyers power plays. After a wandering second period, the Blue Jackets took charge with an effective power play that included numerous scoring chances. With 6 seconds left on the power play and 2:53 left in the period, Wisniewski jammed the puck over the right pad of Flyers goaltender Steve Mason for a 1-0 lead.
Blue Jackets 2, Flyers 0: Bobrovsky keads way to first win in Philly
Columbus Dispatch | Apr 4