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What about Bob? Blue Jackets remain perfect without Bobrovsky

The Columbus Blue Jackets keep on buzzing despite being without their Vezina Trophy-winning starting goalie.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Columbus played prototypical Blue Jackets hockey in a 4-0 whooping of the Minnesota Wild Friday night.

There was a winter weather warning for southwestern Ohio, so only 11,319 were in attendance, but the Jackets put on a perfect performance for fans with a second straight shutout. Columbus won 1-0 Tuesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With Sergei Bobrovsky out with a groin injury, the Jackets limited Minnesota to just 20 shots on goal while firing 41 at Niklas Backstrom. Columbus played tight defense all evening long in front of backup Curtis McElhinney, who hasn't given up a goal in more than 75 minutes since replacing Bobrovsky against the Bolts.

The Jackets rolled four lines and every player except right winger Corey Tropp finished with at least of 10:55 of ice time. Nick Foligno led the way with a goal and an assist. He now has seven goals on the season, surpassing the six he had in 2012-13 in 45 games.


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