Third Star- R.J. Umberger
During the offseason, R.J. Umberger worked on his speed. It was prevalent this afternoon. He used his new found speed to create multiple scoring chances for the Columbus Blue Jackets. At one point, he nearly skated through two Boston Bruin players, while short handed, to win a puck battle. There were times tonight where he was the best player on the ice. Umberger is on a contract year. He’s still looking for his first tally of the season.
Second Star- Marian Gaborik
Gaborik has been the most consistent Columbus Blue Jackets player this season. In every game, he has brought forth the same energy, speed, and skill. Today was no different. He was flying through the neuruel zone all game long, puck on stick, looking to score or find someone in blue who could. Gaborik has proven that he’s a game changer, point blank. He got an assist on the only goal of the game, scored by Jack Johnson.
First Star- Sergei Bobrovsky
Okay, I know he let up a nearly 60-footer. But he did his job: kept the Jackets in the game. I’m sure he would have liked to have had the first goal back, but Johnson screened the shot, causing the Bobrovsky to be eluded. He made save after save after save, willing his team to score. Many of his saves were a dandy, too. He proved he could play against the best in the east.