The Blue Jackets remain the only team in the NHL not to have three consecutive losses this season as they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a Saturday matinee in front of 19,052 fans.
With the win, the Jackets take over second place in the Metro Division from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two teams are tied in standing points (103) but the Blue Jackets lead in regulation and overtime wins (46).
Sergei Bobrovsky was once again excellent. The goaltender turned away all 36 shots he faced for his fourth shutout in the month of March, and seventh this season.
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The only goal of the game came 13:11 into the second period when Alexander Wennberg scored his 13th of the season in his 13th game since his last goal on Feb. 26. Wennberg tipped in a Kyle Quincey shot from the right circle to make it 1-0. With the primary assist, Quincey earned his first point as a Blue Jacket.
While the Jackets were outshot 36-21 and know they want to play better, they are happy to find just one more way to win as they get closer and closer to the post-season and the demands those games will bring.
"Our motto is to win 1-0 every game," Scott Hartnell said. "You want to be tight checking, and obviously it's fun scoring goals, but we have to be comfortable in these situations. This is playoff hockey that we played in tonight. Everyone thrived in it, everyone got better as the game went along, I think. It was a big battle out there for us. We bent but we didn't break. We've been solid that way all year."
Here's what we learned:
There's always more to say about Bob.
Saturday was just one more game where Sergei Bobrovsky was the difference maker. With the shutout, Bob became the first NHL goaltender this season to reach 40 wins. In 58 games this season, he's put up a .934 save percentage and has seven shutouts. In March, he's allowed just one goal or less in seven of the games he's played and posted an 8-0-1 record.
Bob has 18 shutouts in his Blue Jackets career, which ties him for the franchise record with Steve Mason.
"He steals a point for us against Washington," Tortorella said. "He certainly wasn't as busy tonight but he's locked in. There's not a lot of extra movement, he just looks confident and he's preparing himself. We need a guy like that to have 100 points or more. That's the key position for us and he's certainly been consistent at that all year long."
Video: Bob on his 36-save shutout
Quincey fitting in nicely.
Kyle Quincey (4-9-13) earned his first point as a Blue Jacket tonight but it wasn't the first time his impact has been felt on this team. Acquired at the trade deadline from the New Jersey Devils, Quincey has played in every game but one since. The defenseman has felt more and more comfortable as he's learned his teammates' tendencies and found ways to be more aggressive on the ice. Tonight it paid off on the score sheet.
"He's such a smart positional player," Tortorella said. "He communicates a lot. He's a veteran guy. (Getting him) was a pretty good pick up. He's stood in there and done some very good things."
Video: Kyle Quincey on recording his first CBJ point
Winging it with Karlsson.
John Tortorella moved around his forward combinations again this game, and one of the decisions he made was to move William Karlsson to left wing on a line with Lukas Sedlak and Matt Calvert.
The move brought positive results.
Karlsson led the team in shot attempts with seven, including three on target, and Brandon Dubinsky called that line the team's engine tonight.
"That was a good line," Tortorella said. It ignited us before that goal. We are just a little bit too east west offensively. We enter the zone we're trying to make plays through checking instead of trying to go straight in and putting it into the blue. That line did it all night long. They were probably our most consistent line all evening. Certainly gave us huge momentum before Wennberg scores his goal."