The Columbus Blue Jackets had no problem with the San Jose Sharks tonight, winning by a final score of 4-1 in their most complete game of the season. While it was certainly a full team effort, Sergei Bobrovsky looked better in net than he has all season, stopping 44 of 45 (!!) shots in the victory.
Columbus came into the game with a clear objective to start off better than they have in their previous games, and they did just that, attacking San Jose repeatedly in close to open the game. Kevin Lebanc got the Sharks on the board first, though, roughly halfway through the first period, but a heads-up play from Anthony Duclair pulled the Blue Jackets even to close the frame.
From there, it was all Columbus, showing no sign of East Coast legs on the first game of their West Coast swing.
Duclair added another assist on a goal that went in off of Seth Jones' skate, while Nick Foligno converted on a breakaway for a much-needed score of his own.
Josh Anderson scored a shorthanded empty-net goal late in the game to seal it.
Brandon Dubinsky practiced earlier today and may make his return on this trip.
It's a busy stretch for Columbus, who will head south to face the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow and then stay in L.A. until a Sunday matchup with the Anaheim Ducks.
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