The Columbus Blue Jackets can’t mathematically make it to the post-season, but Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t going to finish the season without a bang. With less than a minute left in Columbus’ Monday contest against the New York Rangers, Dan Girardi was stoned by a Bobrovsky left-pad save that will be on his personal highlight reel for the rest of his career.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but don’t tell goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky that. Monday night he made a pad to rob New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi of a game-tying goal with less than a minute left, and it was a beauty.
With the Rangers pressing and their net empty, Girardi pinched down and found himself stationed right in from of the Blue Jackets’ net. The puck was worked back to the Rangers blueline and was fired on goal while on edge, causing it to flutter down to the stick of Derick Brassard. Brassard then made a no-look pass between his legs and onto Girardi’s tape, and then Girardi was absolutely robbed by Bobrovsky’s left pad:
The reaction of the crowd inside Madison Square Garden tells you just about all you need to know. As far as they were concerned, that puck was on its way in and the roof was about to blow off the building before Bobrovsky somehow came up with the game-saving stop.
The fans inside MSG didn’t have to wait long, though. Less than thirty seconds later, with the Rangers net still empty, New York worked the puck around the zone before a rebound found its way onto the stick of Derek Stepan who blasted it home. In overtime, Stepan stepped up again, scoring with less than 50 seconds on the clock to hand the Blue Jackets the overtime loss.