COLUMBUS, OHIO --- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named the NHL's Second Star for the Month for March, the club and League announced today. It's the fourth monthly award in Bobrovsky's career, including receiving First Star honors in December. He was also named the Third Star in March 2013 and December 2014.
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Bobrovsky, 28, started 11 of the Blue Jackets' 16 games in March and went 9-1-1 with a 1.09 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and four shutouts, stopping 353-of-365 shots to help the club complete a 10-4-2 month. He led the NHL in GAA, SV% (four or more games played) and shutouts and was third-T in wins. He allowed two goals or less in nine of his 11 starts with four one-goal outings.
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The Novokuznetsk, Russia native made 30 or more saves seven times, including a pair of 40-plus save efforts on Mar. 23 at Washington (season-high 44 saves in a 2-1 SOL) and Mar. 28 vs. Buffalo (41 saves in a 3-1 win). He posted three-straight shutouts on Mar. 2 vs. Minnesota (38 saves), Mar. 5 at New Jersey (20 saves) and Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey (33 saves), tying the franchise mark set by Steve Mason (Dec. 27-31, 2008). He has gone 41-14-5 with a 1.97 GAA, .935 SV% and seven shutouts in a career-high 60 games this season, setting a franchise record for wins and leading the NHL in wins, GAA and SV% and ranking second-T in shutouts.
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