Three Things: Strong Defensive Effort, Sergei Bobrovsky and Pesky Tom Wilson Highlight in Win over Capitals

By Paul Berthelot on February 13, 2019 at 12:16 am
Sergei Bobrovsky made this big save along with 19 others to post his second shutout of the season, against the Washington Capitals

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That five game losing streak is so far in the rear-view mirror. 

The Blue Jackets have almost erased that losing streak, winning their fourth straight game. Tonight's victory was a statement, as they blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. 

Here are tonight's three things:


Vintage Sergei Bobrovsky

Much has been made about the performance of Sergei Bobrovsky this season. Tonight he made everyone forget about that as he stopped all 20 shots he faced shutting out the Capitals. He wasn't tested much, but that save there was massive, preventing the Capitals comeback attempt. This was Bobrovsky's third shutout of the season and with that he moved into first place on this list.

Defensive Effort

This was by far the best performance defensively the Blue Jackets have had this season. Natural Stat Trick had the Blue Jackets with a 9-0 advantage in high danger scoring chances at 5 on 5 and 11-3 in all situations. This was a dominate effort across the board. The defensive pair of Zach Werenski and David Savard in particular were standouts. They played 13:13 together at 5 on 5 and had a 77.27% Corsi, were on the ice for 11 shots for and just four against. Most impressively they were on the ice for five of the Blue Jackets nine high danger chances. 

Pesky Tom Wilson

Wilson didn't do anything dirty in this game. What he did do was play a very physical brand of hockey and be pest all night. 

Anderson is big and strong and Wilson takes him out hard. That is a hockey hit, right through the chest, perfectly legal. That hit shook Anderson up causing him to leave the bench but he was back for the start of the next period. 

He get's into it with Artemi Panarin here as well. This was a tripping penalty, again not dirty, this wasn't a slew foot as people were calling it. This is Wilson doing what he does, getting up in the grill of other teams best players. He tries to get under your skin and fortunately for the Blue Jackets they didn't get caught up in this and were able to play their game. 

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