Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named the National Hockey League's Second Star for the month of March, the league and club announced today. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was named the First Star, while Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand was selected as the Third Star.
Bobrovsky went 9-4-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and four shutouts in 13 games in March. He stopped 345-of-367 shots during the month, won his final five starts and on Monday was named the NHL's First Star of the week ending March 31.
The two-time Vezina Trophy winner made 46 saves to beat Carolina 3-0 on Mar. 15, setting a career high and a club record for the most saves in a shutout. He posted shutouts in consecutive games with 21 saves in a 5-0 win at Vancouver on Mar. 24 and 26 saves in a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Mar. 26. His final shutout of the month was a 38-save effort in a 4-0 win at Buffalo on Mar. 31. In addition to his four shutouts, Bobrovsky allowed one goal in three games and two goals in two other outings.
The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has posted a 36-23-1 record with a 2.55 GAA, .914 SV% and nine shutouts in 60 games this season. He currently leads the NHL with a career-high nine shutouts, which is one shy of the club single season record of 10 set by Steve Mason in 2008-09. Bobrovsky also ranks second-T in the league in wins and seventh in minutes played (3,456) and has gone 17-7-0 with a 1.90 GAA, .933 SV% and seven shutouts in 24 outings since February 1.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Boston Bruins in the final home game of the regular season. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live nationally on NBC Sports Network. The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.