Sergei Bobrovsky Rebounded from Shaky Start to Lead Stunning Blue Jackets Comeback Win in Tampa

By Chris Pennington on April 11, 2019 at 10:00 am
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 14 shots in a row to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning after letting in three goals on his first 12 shots against.
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Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets were in trouble.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had beaten him for three goals on 12 first period shots in Game 1 and Bobrovsky was sure looking like “Playoff Bob,” the guy who entered Wednesday night's game 5–12 in the postseason, haven given up at least three goals in all but one of those starts.

He didn't survive his last start in Tampa, an ugly loss that saw him surrender four goals before getting the hook. The time before that, he allowed eight in a home loss to the Bolts at Nationwide Arena.

But, in the bet of the night, John Totorella stuck with him. Bobrovsky responded, stopping 14-straight over the final two periods, 40 of the best minutes he's had on the ice this season.

“We don't have a chance unless he plays the way he played the last 40,” Tortorella said after Bobrovsky made highlight save after highlight save to help his team to a 4-3 comeback.

Just seconds into the middle period, with the Lightning's best-in-decades power play on the ice, Bobrovsky faced Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, a pair of 40-goal scorers, two-on-none. A goal here makes it 4-0, but Bobrovsky shout that thought down.

Not long after, he robbed Stamkos again: