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Bobrovsky and Blue Jackets shut out Flyers
Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:01 AM
Since the Flyers sent him to Columbus two seasons ago, Sergei Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy as the leagues top goalie and starred for Russia in this years Olympics.
But Bobrovskys effort against his former team on Thursday night is probably among his most satisfying performances.
In his first game at the Wells Fargo Center since he was traded, Bobrovsky made 37 saves and led Columbus to a critical 2-0 win over the Flyers.
The Flyers have lost five of their last six games (1-3-2) and are just two points ahead of the fourth-place Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division. Each team has six games left. More coverageVOTE: Who’s best team in Eastern Conference?Latest hockey videos Forum: Will the Flyers make the playoffs?
The top three teams in the division earn playoff berths, along with two conference wild-card teams.
The Flyers, who have a difficult game in Boston on Saturday afternoon, suffered their second straight shutout.
James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left in the second period to give Columbus a 1-0 lead, ending a Flyers shutout streak that had reached 136:02 - more than two games.
Wisniewski, stationed near the goal line to Steve Masons right, took a pass from Mark Letestu and slid a shot that went under the arm and stick of the hunched-over goalie.
The Jackets made it 2-0 with 16:40 left in the third period when Cam Atkinsons point shot deflected off Brandon Dubinskys skate and past Mason.
The Flyers were thoroughly outplayed for most of the third period - they had a late flurry, which Bobrovsky turned aside - and had little attack time.
It was Columbus first win ever in Philadelphia; the Jackets had been 0-5-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Bobrovsky was once viewed as the Flyers goalie of the future, but after a terrific rookie season, he got into coach Peter Laviolettes doghouse when he struggled in the playoffs. That caused the Great Ilya Bryzgalov Experiment and Bobrovsky eventually was traded to Columbus.
In his return to the Wells Fargo Center, Bobrovsky stood tall. He made 17 second-period saves, including a superb stop on Vinny Lecavaliers rebound late in the period.
Hes a player who works really hard - in practice and in games, Flyers center Claude Giroux said before the game. It doesnt surprise us that hes doing well. He was really good for us, and just the way he works is pretty impressive.
The Flyers had no cohesion in a sloppy, scoreless first period, one in which they squandered three power-play chances. That left their power play 0 for 10 in the last three games.
Columbus won the season series, three games to one, and could tie the Flyers in points if it defeats visiting Chicago on Friday.
The Flyers have not scored on their last 76 shots. Giroux is without a point in his last three games - his longest streak since he was blanked in the seasons first five games.
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