The Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a 2-0 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
The game was Blue Jacket's Sergei Bobrovsky's first game against his former team. And it was the goalie who had the last laugh as he shut out the Flyers 2-0 in Philadelphia.
He stopped 37 shots on the night, while James Wisniewski and Brandon Dubinsky scored the goals for the Jackets.
The win puts a lot of pressure on the Flyers as Columbus to just three points behind them in the division.
“We’re going to keep climbing,” Bobrovsky said after last night’s win. I believe they will continue to climb as well.
This sets up a very exciting and frightening season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. I’m quite surprised at how well the Columbus Blue Jackets have played throughout the season.
When the Blue Jackets traded Marion Gaborik to the LA Kings a the deadline, I thought they were going to start sliding down the standings.
However, thanks to some superb goaltending skills by Bobrovsky, the Jackets are very close to a second playoff appearance for the franchise.
Of courses it’s not all due to goaltending. Ryan Johansen has had a fantastic year for the Jackets. At present, he has a total of 55 points in 76 games, and I’m sure he’ll get to 60 points by the end of the season.
Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Jack Johnson have had an impressive year as well.
Overall, this entire group has played really well together. I believe if just one of these players continues to score consistently over the last few games, the Jackets will be in the playoffs.
However, the Columbus Blue Jackets can’t afford to slow down at all. The Toronto Maple Leafs are chasing them and will be full of confidence after beating the Boston Bruins.
The Jacket’s next game is against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in a tough test for Columbus. However, I believe that if Sergei Bobrovsky plays well, the Jackets will have a good chance of winning.
If the Jackets do make it in to the playoffs, I believe they will be able give any team a tough challenge. If the players can continue to work together like they have all year, they could provide some shocking results in the playoffs.
I can’t wait to see if Bobrovsky will lead his team passed the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. A three point gap is a lot to make up this late in the season, but with the way this playoff race has gone, I believe it’s possible.
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