COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named the National Hockey League’s Third Star for the month of December, the club and league announced today. Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was named December’s First Star, while Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was the Second Star.
Bobrovsky went 9-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout in 10 games during the month, stopping 354-of-378 shots in 675 minutes played. He began the month with a seven-game winning streak and went 8-0-1 in his first nine appearances. He registered 30 or more saves in seven games and made a career-high 52 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at Florida in which he also set a franchise record for saves in a game. He made 30 saves to record his 10th career shutout and stopped all three shootout attempts in a 1-0 win at Detroit on Dec. 16. He went 5-1 in six-straight games decided in overtime or the shootout from December 9-20. He also was 3-0 in shootouts, stopping 14-of-15 shot attempts.
The Novokuznetsk, Russia native is the first Blue Jackets player to be named one of the League’s Three Stars of the Month twice as he also earned Third Star recognition in March 2013 when he went 9-2-3 with a 1.49 GAA, .950 SV% with three shutouts in 12 games. Bobrovsky has appeared in 25 games this season and is 14-9-2 with a 2.62 GAA, .921 SV% and one shutout. In 204 career NHL games with Columbus and Philadelphia, he is 109-63-23 with a 2.48 GAA, .919 SV% and 10 shutouts.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Arizona Coyotes. Game time from Gila River Arena is 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.