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Another shutout for Bobrovsky in Blue Jackets' win

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 12:21 AM

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Another shutout for Bobrovsky in Blue Jackets' win
San Jose Sharks 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 4
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
1st
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Marian Gaborik
2nd
Marian Gaborik
RW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:11
James Wisniewski
3rd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:48

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

scoring summary
1st Period
08:39
CBJ
Matt Calvert (8) ASST: Cam Atkinson (7), Mark Letestu (12)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:09
CBJ
James Wisniewski (5) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (3), Derek MacKenzie (4)
2 - 0 CBJ
05:05
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (3) ASST: Marian Gaborik (13), Vinny Prospal (13)
3 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
07:16
CBJ
Marian Gaborik (11) ASST: Artem Anisimov (7), Jack Johnson (12)
4 - 0 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
03:11
SJS
James Sheppard  Slashing against  Adrian Aucoin
03:11
CBJ
Adrian Aucoin  Interference against  James Sheppard
2nd Period
07:32
SJS
Dan Boyle  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
13:38
SJS
TJ Galiardi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
16:18
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Interference against  Matt Irwin
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss
SA: 4TOI: 12:44
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
19-9-6
SA: 26TOI: 47:05
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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