BOBROVSKY POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, COLUMBUS NEARS RECORDS
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves to earn his third consecutive shutout and propel Columbus to a 7-2-1 record in its last 10 games, a stretch that has seen them outscore opponents 30-13.
At 42-17-6 (90 points), the Blue Jackets moved within one win and three points of equaling single-season franchise records established in 2013-14 (43-32-7, 93 points). They sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division, five points back of the Capitals (44-14-7, 95 points) and two points ahead of the Penguins (40-16-8, 88 points) and Rangers (43-22-2, 88 points).
Bobrovsky registered three straight shutouts for the first time in his career to extend his personal shutout streak to 179:29, the second-longest run by a goaltender in franchise history (Steve Mason: 199:19 from Dec. 23, 2008 – Jan. 2, 2009). He shares third in the NHL with a career-high six shutouts this season.
Another positive for the Blue Jackets has been Cam Atkinson who reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. Atkinson (116), who became the seventh different Blue Jackets player to reach 30-goal milestone, sits four goals shy of tying R.J. Umberger (120) for second place in franchise history.
Matt Murray (31 SV) earned his 25th victory of 2016-17 to set a single-season Penguins record for wins by a rookie goaltender, surpassing the mark established by Gary Inness in 1974-75 (24 W) . . . Stars forward Jason Spezza (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (4-3—7) . . . Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel set career highs with three assists/points . . . Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (36 GP) scored his first NHL goal, while Stars forward Remi Elie (0-1—1) collected his first NHL point (3 GP).
* Information provided via NHL Press Release