Sergei Bobrovsky went to St. Louis hoping to get a good preseason start on his timing and rhythym.
As it turned out, the Blue Jackets' star goalie had to find those traits quickly. Making his first start of the preseason, Bobrovsky allowed two goals on 16 shots in the Jackets' 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, but he played well in the 31 minutes, 36 seconds he stayed in net.
Each goal he allowed was a power-play goal for the Blues, who had more established NHL players in the game - including stars Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko.
"It's more of the rhythm, the whole rhythm of the game, to feel the speed [of] when they pass [and] to read the game and to get your timing," Bobrovsky said. "It's that kind of stuff. It's the overall [feeling], so I felt really good. The body, physically and mentally, it's just like I said … I like where I am at this stage, so we'll see how it's going to go."
St. Louis scored both goals against Bobrovsky on power plays in the first period, each happening less than a minute after the door to the penalty box closed.
Sammy Blais scored the first one to put the Blues up 1-0 at 4:47 - 37 seconds after Doyle Somerby was called for slashing - and Patrick Maroon made it 2-0 at 13:38 of the first, five seconds of game action after forward Anthony Duclair was called for tripping.