COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky has no time for your playoff narratives.
In their place, he offered up a “Choose Your Own Adventure” of jaw-dropping moments while helping the Columbus Blue Jackets push deeper into the spring than they ever have before. It was the kind of night that should once and for all eliminate questions about his ability to perform under the brightest lights.
“Awesome,” said Artemi Panarin, his teammate, good friend and fellow free-agent-to-be. “It’s the same every time. He’s the best. He’s the best goalie in the league.”
Not only did Tuesday’s 2-1 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Bruins give the long-suffering fans inside Nationwide Arena occasion to chant “Bob! Bob! Bob!” again and again, it left them with a debate for the Wednesday morning water cooler.
What was your favourite Bobrovsky save? The leading candidates:
A) The second-period snow angel when the Russian goaltender fought to lunge backwards while extending a blocker across to the post to keep the puck out.
Bobrovsky #CBJ pic.twitter.com/PHFTTRIQqR
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 1, 2019
In Bobrovsky’s words: “Quite honestly, I didn’t think. I just fell. I didn’t see the puck, I was on my back and I felt that the puck might be there — maybe not — so I just tried to cover the low part of the ice. That’s it.”
B) The scorpion-like sequence in the third period when he placed his glove on top of his left pad to take away any opening Brad Marchand might want to shoot at, before sliding laterally across the crease to seal off the right post and deny David Pastrnak — all while maintaining complete control.
More Bobrovsky saves to help #CBJ maintain their lead pic.twitter.com/rpFjvkkAcs
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy)