PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stuck it to his former team, then gave his stick a few extra shakes in celebration toward the jeering crowd.
Back on familiar ice, Bobrovsky made himself quite at home.
Bobrovsky stopped 37 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to their first win in Philadelphia, 2-0 over the Flyers on Thursday night.
"It's something special," Bobrovsky said. "It's tough to explain."
James Wisniewski and Brandon Dubinsky each scored goals for the Blue Jackets, who were 0-5-1 in Philadelphia since the franchise's inception in 2000.
Led by Bobrovsky, a former Flyer, the Blue Jackets moved closer to clinching their second-ever playoff berth. They closed within two points of the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
"We're in a good position," Dubinsky said. "It's not like where we were last year when we had to continue to watch and hope and chase teams. We're right where we want to be."
The Flyers have lost three straight games and were shut out for the second straight time. They haven't scored a goal in 130 minutes, 25 seconds, dating back to a third-period goal on March 30 against Boston.
Flyers coach Craig Berube said the offense simply didn't test Bobrovsky enough, especially in the third.
"We've got to do a better job of getting shots through, get rebounds," he said.
Wisniewski snapped a scoreless tie with his seventh goal of the season late in the second period. He finished off a Columbus attack that saw at least three shots on Steve Mason before he was able to slide in the puck with 6 seconds left on the power play.
Dubinsky appeared to kick in the puck early in the third to make it 2-0.
The Blue Jackets are about as automatic as it gets in the NHL with a lead after two periods: They improved to 27-2-4 with a two-period lead.
"We're going to keep climbing," Bobrovsky said.
The interesting matchup was the one between the pipes: Mason vs. Bobrovsky.
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