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.