COLUMBUS, OHIO – By the end, a crowd of 16,008 was chanting his nickname.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Hurricanes’ season-best five-game winning streak.
“Bob was the Bob we’ve grown to love,” teammate Brandon Dubinsky said.
Boone Jenner and Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four. And Nathan Horton contributed in his first home game in a Columbus uniform.
But make no mistake about it: Bobrovsky stole the show.
“He was in his game today,” said Carolina’s Justin Faulk. “He’s obviously a good goalie. He’s proven himself in this league.”
Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2
In Washington, Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period.
Rangers 3, Stars 2
In New York, Rick Nash snapped a tie with 1:58 left.
Islanders 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)
In Denver, Michael Grabner knocked in a shot from the slot at 1:46 of overtime.
Oilers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
In Edmonton, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and added an assist.
Canucks 2, Blues 1
In Vancouver, Mike Santorelli scored the tiebreaking goal in the third and Eddie Lack made 29 saves as the Canucks snapped a five-game losing streak.