Published January 08, 2015
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Sergei Bobrovsky dazzled in his return to the ice, turning aside 36 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
Cam Atkinson's power-play goal proved to be the difference and David Savard also lit the lamp for Columbus, which was coming off a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Friday.
Bobrovsky earned his 100th career win after missing eight games with a fractured finger on his left hand.
"We found a way to win the hockey game," Columbus head coach Todd Richards said. "We won some battles and Bob made saves. We executed and did some right things on the penalty kill. That was a big moment."
Joe Pavelski netted San Jose's lone goal and Antti Niemi made 26 saves in defeat.
"We had a number of opportunities to put the puck in the net and we didn't," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.
Columbus got on the board first. Savard's blast from the top of the right circle went past a screened Niemi with 5:43 left in the opening stanza.
Jack Johnson skated down to the goal line and backhanded a pass through the crease, where Atkinson wristed home a shot on the power play for a 2-0 Blue Jackets lead with 3:21 remaining in the second period.
Pavelski cut the deficit in half with 55 seconds to play in the middle stanza after he cycled around the right circle into the slot, where beat Bobrovsky with a wrister short side.
Columbus killed off Alexander Wennberg's double minor for high-sticking with five minutes to play and Bobrovsky was solid over the final 20 minutes, stopping 16 shots to ensure the win.
Prior to the game, Columbus acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Leopold played 17:11 on the blue line ... The Blue Jackets also activated forward Artem Anisimov off injured reserve and placed forward Matt Calvert and defenseman Fedor Tyutin on injured reserve ... Columbus is 6-1-1 over its last eight games against San Jose.