Sergei Bobrovsky Sets Career High with Ninth Shutout of the Season, One Back of the Blue Jackets' Franchise Mark

By Rob Mixer on March 31, 2019 at 8:50 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
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Sergei Bobrovsky is en fuego.

On Sunday night in Buffalo, as the Columbus Blue Jackets locked up their fifth straight win to overtake Carolina for the Eastern Conference's top wild card position, their goaltender was their rock yet again.

Bobrovsky's recent run of play has been a catalyst for the Blue Jackets, who got their 45th win of the season at KeyBank Center in a 4-0 shutout. It's his ninth shutout of the season, leading the NHL (one ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury), and a new career high as well.

In the Blue Jackets' last five games, Bobrovsky is 5–0 with a .971 saver percentage, a 0.80 goals against average and three shutouts.

While much of the Sabres' nearly 40 shots were from the outside in Sunday's game, Bobrovsky had to do much of his best work while trying to preserve the shutout. 

Want another unreal look at Bobrovsky's run? Since Feb. 22, he has six shutouts – that's absolutely insane.

Only one NHL goaltender has more shutouts this entire season than Bobrovsky has in the last five weeks. It's been a terrific run for Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets are benefitting from quality goaltending in addition to their offensive awakening; on this current five-game win streak, they've out-scored opponents 24-4.

And with three regular season games remaining as they look to punch their ticket for a third straight trip to the playoffs, having a two-time Vezina Trophy winner on this kind of form is a game changer.

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