McElhinney joins Bobrovsky on IR, Columbus now carrying two AHL goalies

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When it rains, it pours.

On Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that veteran backup goalie Curtis McElhinney has been placed on IR with an ankle injury — just one day after putting their starting netminder, Sergei Bobrovsky, on IR as well.

This turn of events has forced Columbus to recall both of its AHL Lake Erie ‘tenders, Anton Forsberg and Joonas Korpisalo, who was brought up this morning.

Forsberg, called in on an emergency basis over the weekend, won his first-ever NHL contest in historic fashion on Saturday, relieving an injured McElhinney in overtime of the Jackets’ game versus Washington.

By stopping all six shots in the extra session and besting the Caps in the shootout, Forsberg became the first goalie ever to earn his first NHL win by entering the game after regulation time.

As for what lies ahead…

Forsberg has been the more used goalie in Lake Erie this season, though not by much — he’s played 21 games to Korpisalo’s 13, and a lot of that has to do with Korpisalo being up with the parent club.

It’s assumed Korpisalo will be the “No. 1” for the next while, though that designation seems tenuous at best.

Columbus, still sitting last in the NHL despite a modest two-game winning streak, will take on the Wild at home on Tuesday before playing three of their next four on the road, in Carolina, Brooklyn and Toronto.