Remember the "Bob struggles in the playoffs" narrative? Never mind. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves--several of the spectacular variety--leading the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over Boston in game three of their second round playoff series. The Jackets now lead the series 2-1, thanks in large part to Bob, who has stopped 65 of the last 68 shots he's faced.
"I think when teams find their way in winning games like this, playoff games when the teams are so evenly matched, with surges both ways, your goaltender has to be your best player, and he has been," coach John Tortorella said.
Bobrovsky had some help as the Jackets defense sold out with physical plays and blocked shots. The goals came from Boone Jenner, late in the first period--his first goal of this post-season and Matt Duchene in the final seconds of a second period power play. The Duchene goal turned out to be the game-winner. It's his second game winning goal in as many games and his fifth goal of this post-season, the most in Jackets history.
Here's a few highlights and comments after the game three win.
NHL To Look At Marchand Cheap Shot
Boston antagonist Brad Marchand has drawn the ire of Blue Jacket fans throughout the first three games of the series, but took it to a new level Tuesday night. While the on-ice officials missed it, the TV cameras did not miss a Marchand cheap-shot to the back of the head of Jackets defenseman Sean Harrington. It happened long after the whistle had blown following a scrum in front of the Jackets net.
Harrington was not injured but the forearm punch will be looked at by the NHL. Following the game, the NBC Sports Network analysts did not believe Marchand would be suspended but do expect a hefty fine. We'll see.
Maybe it's because they're 6-1 in the playoffs and have won 13 of their last 15 overall dating back to the end of the regular season, but it's clear this Blue Jackets team has chemistry. The team struggled initially after the trade deadline when players like Duchene and Ryan Dzingel were acquired but have come together and following the game three win, several players told WTVN's Lori Schmidt that a special camaraderie has developed within the Jackets locker room. Lori edited together some of those comments. You can listen here.