The Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Sunday to end a four-game losing streak thanks to great goaltending, but it wasn’t because of Sergei Bobrovsky.
Instead, Curtis McElhinney was the one standing on his head, as the 30-year-old won his first NHL contest since 2011-12 by making 37 out of 38 saves. It was a battle of backups, as Eddie Lack took the loss, stopping 26 out of 28 shots.
Marian Gaborik opened the scoring while R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen owned the third period with a goal and an assist each (Umberger got the game-winner, Johansen scored into an empty-net). Henrik Sedin was Vancouver’s lone goal scorer.
The Blue Jackets improve to 3-5-0 (six points) while the Canucks fall to 5-4-1 (11 points) on the 2013-14 season.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.