On Thursday night (March 2) the Minnesota Wild had their second straight road game In Columbus. Both teams are having franchise record years and are playing well coming down the stretch. The two teams played on New Years Eve when each team had ten plus win streaks going into the math up. Unfortunately for The Wild they lost that game as well.
The game last night ended by the final score of one to zero in the Blue jackets favor. The game was a nail biter the entire game. The two All_star goaltenders showed off there skills in this one. Sergei Bobrovsky captured his fourth shutout (16th of career) on the season stopping all of the Wild’s 38 shots on goal. For Minnesota, goaltender Devan Dubnyk had solid night as well stopping 39 of 40 shots on goal.
This was a tremendously close game. It was obvious that the goaltenders really stole the show. It was scoreless until Brandon Saad poked his own rebound past Devan Dubnyk 4:32 into the final frame to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
“It was a patient hockey game, both teams leaving it on the ice, and I was just trying to get ugly at the net and stuck one in,” Saad said.
Bobrovsky had some magnificant saves throghout the night. He had a diving save on Martin Hanzal late in the first and another one from Zucker in the third. “I felt good, but I would say that the guys helped me a lot,” said Bobrovsky.
The game ended when Bobrovsky was elbowed in the head late in the third period, an infraction by Hanzal that gave the Blue Jackets a power play to finish the game. The Wild thought they had a goal in the second but video evidence showed that Erik Haula kicked the puck in during a scrum in front of the net.
The Blue Jackets are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and moved ahead of Pittsburgh for sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division. Minnesota is holding on to first place in the Central Division.
Next Up for the Wild:
Sunday vs. the San Jose Sharks @ 5:00 pm central time