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SAVE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE #5: BOBROVSKY ON LANDESKOG
As you've seen in our goals and plays of the year countdowns, there were several significant moments in that mid-April game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The fifth and final candidate for Blue Jackets save of the year comes from that game, and it was as timely as they come.
Not long after the Blue Jackets dramatically forced overtime on a goal from RJ Umberger, they got a huge power play opportunity in sudden death. But the best chance went to Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who pounced on a loose puck and created a shorthanded breakaway that could have ended the game and sent Columbus home with a single point.
This top stop is obviously in our top five saves of the season, but where does it rank in yours? If it's your favorite, fill out the form below and let us know!
SAVE OF THE YEAR #4: BOBROVSKY ON PARISE
With the Blue Jackets in the thick of the playoff race and opening a five-game road trip at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, it was a given that they needed a sublime performance from their goaltender to get two points. The Wild, amped up after breaking out of a funk late in the season, came out firing in the first period and used a couple of early power plays to get things going in their favor.
And when the Wild's most dangerous offensive player got a grade-A scoring chance on the door step, Bobrovsky got the better of him.
Zach Parise was the recipient of a fine feed from behind the net and one-timed the puck from the lip of the crease - only to be flat-out robbed by Bobrovsky's glove hand. Parise took a long glance up at the rafters after Bobrovsky denied a Wild scoring chance yet again, and he would end up being the big story in Columbus' 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota.
So, what do YOU think? If this is your top save of the 2012-13 season, fill out the form below!
SAVE OF THE YEAR #3: BOBROVSKY ON BOLLAND
For all of the show-stopping, game-changing saves that Bobrovsky made this season, this one always seems to stand out.
The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks were locked in an intense game that went down to the wire (all the way to a shootout) and nearly ended in sudden-death overtime, but (as Jay Onrait would say)...BOBROVSKY.
Everything got started on a long shift for the Blue Jackets, who were out of gas and needed to get to the bench - but the Blackhawks poured on the pressure in overtime. Marian Hossa dropped a sweet pass to defenseman Nick Leddy, who was flying in off the point, and Leddy had a clear-cut look at Bobrovsky from between the circles.
Leddy's first shot was a high-rising wrister that clanged off Bobrovsky's mask, temporarily stunning the Columbus netminder before the puck scampered off into the corner. Waiting for the loose puck was Dave Bolland, who had gone undetected behind the net and appeared to have a wide open cage to bury the game winning goal.
Bobrovsky, in total desperation, dove back to cover the lower part of the net which happened to be exactly where Bolland was looking. It turned out to be one of the top saves of the season around the NHL and at the time, gave Columbus a big lift to get through overtime and on to the shootout.
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Did you ever get the feeling during the 2012-2013 season that Sergei Bobrovsky always just knew where the puck was going to be? He didn't always necessarily have to follow it on every stick blade because he knew just where to be to make the save. That sure seemed like the case on this save on Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri on February 18.
With time winding down in the first period at the Honda Center, a group of Blue Jackets chased the puck into the corner to the right of Bobrovsky. Eventually, the puck found Palmieri, who had a one-on-one chance with Bobrovsky at the top of the goal crease. Palmieri was looking high-glove but Bobrovsky was all over it, smothering the chance and keeping the Blue Jackets within one goal.
Is this YOUR favorite save of the 2012-13 season? Vote below and let us know!
SAVE OF THE YEAR #1: BOBROVSKY ON EBERLE
It was a pretty common theme throughout the 2012-13 season: when the Blue Jackets needed a timely stop, Sergei Bobrovsky was there to provide it. Sometimes, those saves came in breathtaking, highlight-reel fashion and now we’re compiling the best of the best from this past season. What was the best of the best saves of the year, the most timely save or the one that almost didn’t seem like it was possible?
Fortunately for us, Bobrovsky made his fair share of those “OH NO HE DIDN’T!” saves this season. They were just as awesome the second, third and 22nd times around as we went back through the game tape to pick out five candidates for nominations, too, so feel free to watch the video above as many times as necessary.
This save in particular was one that could best be described as the fire-starter. Bobrovsky came on in relief of Steve Mason in the second period of a 3-3 game, kept a clean sheet the rest of the way and led the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers that got both he and the team rolling. In overtime, the Oilers got a power play opportunity – the especially dangerous 4-on-3 version – and put their top players on the ice to end the game.
Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle moved the puck around the zone and created some quality chances, but none better than one set up by Nugent-Hopkins to Eberle. Nugent-Hopkins, from the right circle, out-waited Fedor Tyutin and zipped a pass cross-ice to Eberle, who momentarily had a wide open net.
Bobrovsky charged over, lost his goal stick, but was in position to reject Eberle’s potential game-winner with his right pad. Nationwide Arena rose to its feet to salute Bobrovsky, who was also perfect in the shootout to seal the victory.
What do YOU think? If this is worthy of your vote for "save of the year," fill out the form below and let your voice be heard!