COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky gave the Columbus Blue Jackets just what they needed with the Edmonton Oilers pressing for a win in overtime.
Bobrovsky, replacing an ineffective Steve Mason, made two spectacular short-handed saves in overtime and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to help the Blue Jackets beat the Oilers 4-3 on Tuesday night.
"It's great. It's what you need," Columbus' Vinny Prospal said of Bobrovsky's play. "If one guy has an off game and the other guy comes in and relieves him like that. That's awesome. That's where the confidence grows."
Prospal had a goal and an assist, and Derek MacKenzie and Jack Johnson also scored in regulation. Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout for Columbus, which extended its points streak to four games and is the last team to win back-to-games in the NHL this season.
Jeff Petry, Ryan Whitney and Magnus Paajarvi tallied for Edmonton, who couldn't hold a 3-2 lead and fell to 1-3-1 on season-high nine-game, 17-day road trip in which they've been outshot 111-67.
"Bobrovsky probably has to be the difference-maker here for the point that we lost," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said.
After an up-tempo first two periods with the teams trading chances and goals, defense was the key in the third period and overtime.
The Oilers' Devan Dubnyk made several big stops on R.J. Umberger in the third period, including one with under a minute remaining. Then in overtime, Bobrovsky who didn't allow a goal on six shots after replacing Mason 31 seconds into the second period, stopped Jordan Eberle twice with Edmonton on the power play. He stopped a close range shot at the back post with a sliding leg pad then used his blocker on a similar play moments later.
"Usually Ebs would be able to bury those," Kreuger said before referring to his forward's injured hand that almost kept him out of the lineup. "He had a little pain that might have held him back from putting them in the roof. But two great saves."
Johnson nearly won it for Columbus with 42 seconds left in overtime when his shot from the slot hit the right post.
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