The Blue Jackets are having fun out there, and it's showing in their play.
Sergei Bobrovsky couldn't be beaten and led Columbus to a vital 4-0 win tonight at Nationwide Arena to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Goals came from Ryan Dzingel, Artemi Panarin, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Cam Atkinson. Bobrovsky notched his second-straight shutout, stopping all 26 shots he faced tonight.
Here are three things from tonight's win.
Dzingel Warming Up
Every game, Dzingel looks more comfortable in union blue.
The Blue Jackets got started early, thanks to his power play goal in the first period. The goal gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead, and gave Dzingel a 3 game point streak and 2 game goal scoring streak.
The Blue Jackets' power play has not been great this year, so for Dzingel to tally is huge for both him and Columbus. The Ohio State University product is playing better each game.
Bobrovsky Stays Hot
Talk about clutch.
With the shutout tonight, Bobrovsky has jumped into a tie with Marc-Andre Fleury for the most shutouts this season (8). This is a career best for #72, and his second straight in the shutout department.
He stopped Casey Cizikas on a breakaway in the second period to preserve the Blue Jackets' 1-0 lead.
There's no better time for Bobrovsky to be playing his best hockey of the year, and it gives every skater confidence out on the ice when their goaltender is playing incredibly well.
Panarin Snaps Slump
Artemi Panarin scored his 26th goal of the year to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead in the third period, snapping a 13-game goalless streak and giving Columbus a much-needed lift.
You need your best players to be your best players, and Panarin had been lost in the shuffle recently. With his goal tonight, he gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room in the third period and got the monkey off his back.
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