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|Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky explains outburst
12 ìàðòà 2015 ãîäà. By Aaron Portzline The Columbus Dispatch
Sergei Bobrovsky’s actions near the end of the first period on Tuesday at Carolina were — all agreed — wholly understandable.
And for Blue Jackets fans who have complained through the years about their club having an undetectable heartbeat, it was more proof that key players on this team are passionate about winning.
But it’s still an affront to the unwritten code of hockey when a goaltender shows up a teammate — in this case, defenseman Dalton Prout — after a breakdown that leads to a goal.
It’s the same as a pitcher staring down an infielder that boots an easy grounder, or a point guard glaring after a pass sailed through a teammate’s hands.
“It’s a reaction; a frustrated reaction,” coach Todd Richards said. “You understand the frustration; everybody gets frustrated. My only thing is, you don’t want it to come across in a negative way.”
Richards met with Bobrovsky and Prout yesterday before the Blue Jackets had an optional skate at Joe Louis Arena, where they play the Detroit Red Wings tonight.
“We had a conversation about it, yeah,” Richards said. “We talked about it in the room.”
With 9.6 seconds remaining in the first period, Prout inadvertently set a perfect screen in front of Bobrovsky while he jousted for position with Carolina’s Andrej Nestrasil. Bobrovsky had no play on Ryan Murphy’s shot, which was deflected into the net by Eric Staal to give the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead.
Bobrovsky immediately looked up and glared at Prout, then threw his stick to the ice in front of him.
The Hurricanes’ first goal was scored through a screen by Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin.
“I was emotional, yes,” Bobrovsky said yesterday. “It’s tough to have that … three goals on the road, the same period, the same (kind of goals). I prepare myself to win. I want to win. Of course, sometimes some frustration is going to come up. If you put your whole effort, everything you’ve got, into the winning, sometimes frustration is going to be there.”
Bobrovsky would not promise that it will never happen again.
“It could happen, for sure,” he said. “But I’ve never had those problems. It’s probably the first time it’s happened since I’ve been here.”
It worked, too. The Blue Jackets came back to win 4-3 in a shootout, only the second time all season they have won when trailing after two periods.
Blue Jackets veteran Scott Hartnell, 32, is no longer the oldest player on the club — recently acquired forward Rene Bourque is 33 — but he has played more NHL games, by far, than anyone else in the room. He shrugged off the whole scene.
“I don’t even know what the big deal is,” Hartnell said. “There’s no big deal to be made at all. I think Bob is mad at himself. He’s mad they were kind of the same goals. When you have a competitive person like Bob — he’s one of the most competitive players I’ve ever been around, goalie or not — he wants to stop every shot.
“It probably could have been handled in a different way, but I appreciate the guy. I appreciate both of the guys. These things happen when you want to play the right way.”