Having led the league in victories this past week, Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has helped backstop his team to playoff contention. Few picked Columbus to make the post-season having lost their heart and sole in Rick Nash last summer, yet thanks to a hot goalie they not only find themselves on a five-game win streak but also just four points shy of the last spot in the west.
Bobrovsky has been nothing short of stellar in his past four appearances stopping 124 out of 128 shots (including one of the best saves all year, below) in the last five games. The 26-year-old goalie has also posted an astounding 0.77 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage while earning his first NHL career shutout against the Red Wings on Saturday. His play has been rewarded by being named the first star of the week by the NHL and has been added to my fantasy hockey team in place of Sergei Gonchar.
Can Bob keep the Blue Jackets streak alive? A five game home stand certainly couldn’t hurt as they host Vancouver, Chicago, Phoenix, Nashville, and Calgary all but one of which are on the outside looking in. It’s clear Bobrovsky has gotten into a groove and for the sake of his team and their playoff chances let’s hope he continues to prove his doubters wrong.