Let’s just say that Columbus head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy with the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina winner, looked just average in Game 1 and finished with a pedestrian .875 save percentage after making 28 stops on 32 shots — but there was one save in particular Bobrovsky didn’t make that drew Richards’ ire:
#CBJ Richards on Bobrovsky allowing Sutter’s goal: ““I’ve seen him make that save 1000 times. A thousand times. It’s one that got by him.”
If the Jackets are going to win this series — which would require them to win a playoff game for the first time in franchise history — Bobrovsky will need to perform better than he did on Wednesday and will likely have to out-duel Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens goalie won the head-to-head battle in Game 1, stopping 31 of 34 Columbus shots while shutting the Blue Jackets out over the final 39 minutes of play.
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With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.