Bobrovsky is expected to leave Columbus in the offseason, per Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. Bobrovsky was the top name on the trade list at the deadline, but the Jackets opted to keep the netminder in order to make a deep postseason run. The organization is already planning for the future by signing Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year contract extension. While there will no doubt be several teams that submit offers to Bobrovsky's camp, the rumor mill has long indicated the Russian will be heading south to Florida.
Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 6 of the second round Monday. The Blue Jackets generated 39 shots, but they couldn't crack Tuukka Rask in the elimination game, and Bobrovsky didn't make the big saves as he did on a lot of other occasions this postseason. Bobrovsky finished the postseason 6-4 with a .925 save percentage and 2.41 GAA. One of the biggest question marks of the offseason for the Blue Jackets is whether Bobrovsky will return. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Bobrovsky will guard the home crease against Boston for Monday's Game 6 tilt, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Bobrovsky had allowed just 14 goals in his first seven starts this postseason but has been tagged with eight goals in the last two outings. He'll need to be at his best Monday to force a Game 7 back in Boston on Wednesday.
Bobrovsky made 32 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Bruins in Game 5 on Saturday night. The game was 1-0 Boston going into the third and that goal came on the only mistake the Blue Jackets made -- they were just too exhausted on a long shift to get back on an odd-man rush. Bobrovsky pulled out several amazing saves and that allowed his team to roar back to tie things up in the third. And the game-winner only beat him by the length of his big toe as he sprawled across the crease on another odd-man rush at 18:36 of the third. Bobrovsky has the talent and ability to shut the Bruins down in Game 6 and he will need to do his part to force a Game 7. The Bruins now lead the series 3-2.
Bobrovsky will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 5 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com's Jeff Svoboda reports. Bobrovsky was tested early and often in Thursday's Game 4, and he ultimately wasn't up to the task, surrendering four goals on 46 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The 30-year-old netminder will look to bounce back and help his team return to Columbus for Game 6 on Monday with a chance to close out the series by picking up his fourth road victory of this postseason Saturday.
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