Bobrovsky stopped 44 of 45 shots in Washington on Thursday, only to give up the only goal of the shootout in a 2-1 loss. T.J. Oshie beat Bob to open the shootout after the two teams traded goals in the third period. This was a big game for the Jackets as they take aim at the Caps for home-ice advantage in the playoffs, and Bobrovsky put up a masterful performance, making 15 more saves than counterpart Braden Holtby, but the shootout was his undoing. Fortunately for the Russian netminder, his next three games feature more favorable matchups -- the Flyers, Sabres and Hurricanes.
Bobrovsky will start in goal Thursday evening, facing the Capitals on the road, NHL.com reports. The Blue Jackets have already clinched a playoff berth, but now Bobrovsky and Co. will be fighting for home-ice advantage in the playoffs; they can catapult their way into that coveted spot by clinching the Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season. Coincidentally, the Capitals lead the league with 102 points.
Bobrovsky allowed one goal on 36 shots to extend his winning streak to seven in a 4-1 victory against the Devils on Sunday. The 28-year-old has been great all year, but this latest push confirms he is a Vezina candidate. At this point, he might be the favorite to win the award. Bobrovsky owns a 1.14 GAA and .963 save percentage during his seven-game winning streak, and this surge has placed him into the league lead in wins (39) and GAA (2.04). He is also ranked second in save percentage (.931), putting him in line to potentially become just the second goalie in the last 10 years to lead the NHL in all three categories.
Bobrovsky will tend twine in Sunday's game in New Jersey, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Bob has been even better than usual in March, with three shutouts and a .962 save percentage and 1.17 GAA in six games. Considering the Devils are one of the worst offensive squads in the NHL -- averaging 2.29 goals per game -- Bobrovsky should have a good shot at continuing his dominance.
Bobrovsky held the Panthers to a single goal on 34 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win. One late-first-period tally was all the Panthers could manage against the red-hot Russian netminder. This makes six straight wins for Bobrovsky, and he's posted ridiculous numbers in that time, giving up only seven total goals on 183 shots -- a .962 save percentage. This was his league-leading 38th win; he's long since surpassed his old career high.
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