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Well, we made it. After a way-too-long offseason, the Blue Jackets are once again playing games that count. Coming off of the franchise's best season, the expectations were high. The 5th Line showed up to Saturday's game 18,922 members strong, and they went home satisfied after a 5-2 home-opening victory.
Regular season hockey is finally back, and so are our CBJ Power Rankings. This season's first installment takes a look back at the top five moments of the home opener.
BOB SAYS NO
OCT. 11 vs NYR: 24 saves, .923 SV%
Well, he won the Vezina just two years ago, and with four minutes left in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky showed everyone why he's one of the best in the world.
Former Blue Jacket Rick Nash came flying down the wing during a Blue Jacket line change, opening up a 2-on-1 opportunity for the Rangers. Nash waited for Martin St. Louis to get into position and fired a pass across the slot right to St. Louis's stick, who got off a one-timer.
It was a scoring chance that should have put New York back into the game, but nobody told Bobrovsky, who stoned St. Louis' shot with a dazzling pad save. The puck rolled harmlessly away from Bobrovsky and was immediately cleared by Dalton Prout, leading to a standing ovation from the crowd at Nationwide Arena.