Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals, a game the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped 6-3, was goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s highly anticipated return.
In just his second game back, the Blue Jackets faced life without Bobrovsky once more, as he left tonight’s matchup against the Calgary Flames in the second period. The team announced during the second intermission that he would not return due to a lower-body injury, leading to speculation that Bobrovsky re-aggravated the groin injury that kept him out of play for more than a month.
After the game, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella did not have an update on his No. 1 goaltender.
“I’m not going to speculate and I don’t have an update,” Tortorella said in his postgame press conference. “I’m not a doctor, so there’s no sense in me speculating about it.”
Before he left the game, Bobrovsky allowed two goals on 13 shots. In his relief, rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, who had wins in his previous two starts against the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs, gave up two goals on 14 shots as the Flames beat the Blue Jackets 4-2.
Tortorella said that the goaltender change did not have much of an impact on the bench’s energy.
“Does it impact [our] bench? I don’t think so,” Tortorella said. “We all wanted [Bobrovsky] to get there and get through it, but it shouldn’t [have impacted how we] play. In fact, it should make you play better for Korpisalo coming in, because he’s coming in cold.”
Brandon Dubinsky said he thought Korpisalo handled the situation well and came up at key times to keep the game within reach.
“It’s a tough situation, but he played well,” Dubinsky said. “It’s not easy coming in halfway through the game, with preparation and everything like that, but he did a good job and made some big saves for us.”
With Bobrovsky likely out for Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins and Curtis McElhinney still on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Anton Forsberg is expected to return to the Blue Jackets’ roster. The team sent Forsberg back to Lake Erie last Friday when Bobrovsky was activated off injured reserve. There is no timetable for McElhinney’s return.