COLUMBUS, Ohio – The smallest crowd of the year at Nationwide Arena watched the Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Nick Foligno scored a highlight-reel goal in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney made it stand up in front of 10,223 fans.
Bobrovsky, winner of the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped all 18 shots before he left with an unspecified injury 4:13 into the third period. He was replaced by McElhinney, who made the last eight saves.
UPDATE: The Blue Jackets placed Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain. He is expected to be sidelined four to five weeks.
Tampa Bay’s Valterri Filppula’s shot just slid past the corner of the goal as time expired and the Lightning were shut out for the second game in a row. They have lost their last five road games.
The CBJ hosts Minnesota Friday (7:00 p.m./FS Ohio HD).