COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was helped off the ice with a lower-body injury Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning with 15:47 left in the third period. He was replaced by Curtis McElhinney.
Bobrovsky had just made his 18th stop to bring the Nationwide Arena crowd to its feet -- a glove save of a J.T. Brown breakaway while doing the splits -- when he stayed down for about a minute before being helped off the ice 4:13 into the third period.
Columbus coach Todd Richards said Bobrovsky sustained a leg injury and the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner will have an MRI on Wednesday. He has been ruled out for the game Friday against the Minnesota Wild.
"I don't know if the answer we'll have tomorrow, but definitely in the next few days," Richards said. "We'll have a better idea."
McElhinney made eight saves in relief of Bobrovsky to finish off the shutout.