SJS
25-16-7
CBJ
24-17-7

30 SOG
30 SOG

Another shutout for Bobrovsky in Blue Jackets' win

NHL.com | Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 12:21 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't going away in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for his fourth career shutout -- all in his past 15 games -- and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist Tuesday, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena.

Matt Calvert, James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their previous two games.

The Blue Jackets moved within two points of the eighth-place Detroit Red Wings, who have a game in hand, as they try to make the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

"The most important thing is we have to get the two points," said Gaborik, acquired six days ago from the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline. "We scored four goals and Bob was great. The overall effort for the whole team was there tonight."

The Blue Jackets have gotten points in 17 of their past 21 games (12-4-5). They had a four-game home winning streak ended when they lost 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. That defeat also snapped a club-record 12-game points streak at home (9-0-3).

Bobrovsky's best saves came on Patrick Marleau's point-blank wrister in the third period and Dan Boyle's power-play slap shot in the second.

"Bobby was good, but I've seen him play better," Columbus coach Todd Richards said of his goaltender. "As a group in front of him, we were pretty solid. That was a good 60 minutes tonight. It was all four lines, all six defensemen."

San Jose remained fifth in the Western Conference with 47 points, but is just four points above eighth place.

The Sharks were coming off a seven-game homestand on which they picked up 13 of 14 possible points, losing in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Sunday before hitting the road. This was the opener of a four-game trip.

“We skated in sand, and even worse we probably had our heads in the sand," an unhappy coach Todd McLellan said after his team's second blowout loss in Columbus this season. "That’s a bad combination. We had the intensity of an exhibition game -- and it's April. That's sad."

Columbus had been manhandled in the second period 48 hours earlier by Minnesota, but this time it was the Blue Jackets who took charge. Up 1-0, they had 11 of the first 12 shots while scoring twice.

Wisniewski made it 2-0 at 3:09 when he took a pass from defense partner Adrian Aucoin and fired a straightaway one-timer past Antti Niemi from just inside the blue line.

Less than two minutes later, Gaborik, playing his second home game for the Blue Jackets, set up Johansen to make it 3-0. Gaborik evaded two Sharks in the right circle and slid a backhand pass to Johansen in the slot. He went down to one knee on the one-timer and put it high into the net.

"We had something to prove after getting shut out at home," defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Our backs were against the wall. You're going to come out with a real fire in your belly knowing you can't afford to drop another one."

Gaborik benefited from a perfect setup from Artem Anisimov, a former teammate with the Rangers, to complete the scoring at 7:16 of the third period. Gaborik got behind the defense, took Anisimov's pass, faked Niemi to the ice with a forehand and then tapped in the puck with a backhand.

Matt Calvert opened the scoring 8:39 into the game by jamming home the rebound of Cam Atkinson's wraparound for his eighth of the season.

San Jose's Adam Burish beat Bobrovsky with 5:21 left in the third, but the goal was waved off because he was in the crease.

"We made some errors we don't normally do and they took advantage," Marleau said. "Our game's probably slipped a little bit, but it's easily correctible. We'll regroup and get ready to go again."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

1st2nd3rdT
SJS
CBJ
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:39CBJ Matt Calvert (8) ASST: Cam Atkinson (7), Mark Letestu (12) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:09CBJ James Wisniewski (5) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (3), Derek MacKenzie (4) 2 - 0 CBJ
05:05CBJ Ryan Johansen (3) ASST: Marian Gaborik (13), Vinny Prospal (13) 3 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
07:16CBJ Marian Gaborik (11) ASST: Artem Anisimov (7), Jack Johnson (12) 4 - 0 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
1st
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Marian Gaborik
2nd
Marian Gaborik
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:11
James Wisniewski
3rd
James Wisniewski
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:11SJS James Sheppard  Slashing against  Adrian Aucoin
03:11CBJ Adrian Aucoin  Interference against  James Sheppard
2nd Period
07:32SJS Dan Boyle  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
13:38SJS TJ Galiardi  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
16:18CBJ Matt Calvert  Interference against  Matt Irwin
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodSJSCBJ
1st99
2nd1015
3rd116
Total3030
Team Stats
CategorySJSCBJ
Power Plays0/10/2
Hits2023
Faceoff Wins3032
Giveaways32
Takeaways16
Blocked Shots1014
Penalty Minutes64
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  • COLUMBUS
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