Bobrovsky proves unbeatable as Jackets blank Wings in shootout win

BY foxsports • December 16, 2014


The streaking Columbus Blue Jackets didn't mind working overtime again to ear yet another win.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots through overtime and two more in a shootout as the Blue Jackets outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.

Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen both scored in the tiebreaker for Columbus against Jimmy Howard, who made 29 saves. Detroit has lost four straight.

Columbus has three shootout wins during its streak, including one against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets also have two overtime victories during the run. They now own the NHL's longest active winning streak.

Columbus coach Todd Richards had an easy explanation for his club's recent success.

"Team commitment," he said. "We played a team game.

"Bob was good, but the 18 guys who were skating in front of him were working hard, too."

Columbus, which dug itself an early hole, isn't thinking about the postseason yet despite wins over three division leaders during its streak.

"We'll keep building, definitely," Bobrovsky said. "But we've still got a lot of work ahead of us to make the playoffs."

Pavel Datsyuk had the lone shootout goal for Detroit, which has dropped three consecutive home games in shootouts and fell to 1-6 in tiebreakers this season.

"I thought it was a very tightly checked game by both sides," said Howard, who has been the losing goalie in every shootout. "They just found a way in the skills competition."

Bobrovsky allowed five goals to Detroit in a Nov. 18 shutout loss in Columbus.

The teams combined for 13 shots in the first period and had better scoring chances in the second.

Bobrovsky stopped Justin Abdelkader's point-blank attempt at 3:21 of the period, and the Blue Jackets narrowly missed a goal five minutes later when Nick Foligno's shot hit the left post, struck Howard's back, and bounced out of the crease.

The Blue Jackets' Corey Tropp had a good look close to the net midway through the third, but Howard corralled the puck before Tropp could get much on the shot.

The best overtime chance came when James Wisniewski fired wide of an open net early in the period.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock felt bad for his goalie and offered a critical opinion of the shootout.

"What I don't like is Howie stood on his head and leaves the rink feeling like he didn't win," Babcock said. "They don't have a home run derby at the end of a tied ballgame, because it doesn't make any sense.

"But it is what it is, and there are points on the line. We've got to find a way. Howie needs to get a win, that's it."

NOTES: Columbus D Fedor Tyutin returned from the injured list after missing 13 games with a knee injury. The team made room on the roster by assigning forward Kerby Rychel to Springfield of the AHL. ... Abdelkader (separated shoulder) was back in Detroit's lineup after missing seven games, and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (upper body) returned after missing two. ... Forward Jeremy Morin made his Blue Jackets debut after being acquired from Chicago on Sunday. ... Detroit forward Johan Franzen was scratched because of the flu.

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