Sergei Bobrovsky Blanks The Islanders, Tying Marc-Andre Fleury for the NHL's Shutouts Lead with Eight

By Rob Mixer on March 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
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Sergei Bobrovsky's heating up at the right time.

After posting his seventh shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, Sergei Bobrovsky was right back at it tonight – helping the Blue Jackets to a monster win over the New York Islanders.

Bobrovsky made 26 saves for his second straight shutout, his eighth of the season, tying Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights for the NHL's lead in shutouts. After a slow start to the season and plenty of outside noise to go along with it, Bobrovsky has returned to form just in time for the Blue Jackets' win-at-all-costs drive the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bobrovsky has also set a new career high with eight shutouts; his previous best, seven, also came with the Blue Jackets. He has five shutouts in the last month, which is ridiculous.

He was excellent tonight against the Islanders, a team that's given the Blue Jackets plenty of issues this season. The Islanders were on the front foot to start the game, but the Blue Jackets settled in and followed his lead. 

They remain two points back of the Montreal Canadiens with a game in hand, and a huge game coming up Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. 

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