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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in the shootout to finish with his second career shutout -- both coming in the last week -- to lift surging Columbus to a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, extending the Blue Jackets' franchise record point streak to 10 games.
Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout, making nice moves then firing shots past Mike Smith, who made 23 saves and also got credit for a shutout, his fourth of the season and 23rd of his career. It was the fourth straight shootout game for the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets improved to 6-0-4 in their last 10 games. Bobrovsky has been a big reason why, stopping 239 of 245 shots in his past eight games.
Phoenix has dropped four of its last six.
There wasn't much end to end play in the game, but when there was a chance, the goalies were there to snuff them out.
In overtime, Bobrovsky gloved a tough Martin Hanzal shot seemingly with ease and Brandon Dubinsky nearly jammed home the winner, but Smith also kept his cool hugging the post. The most dramatic chance in the third period came with under a minute left. Antoine Vermette had a clean look at the Columbus net from the slot but Bobrovsky turned it aside.
In the second period, Matt Calvert couldn't beat Smith from in tight after the puck squirted to him from behind the net. Later, Smith took matters into his own hands trying to create a little offense. He saucered a long pass to the Blue Jackets' blue line springing Rob Klinkhanner on a breakaway. Bobrovsky lunged to make the save with the shot clanking off his face mask.
With the period winding down and the Coyotes on the power play, Steve Sullivan missed on a golden opportunity, sending his redirect from near the crease wide. The Blue Jackets took off the other way with Dubinsky sending a spinning short-handed 2-on-1 feed to Calvert, but he was again stymied by Smith as the horn sounded.
Each team fired 12 shots on net in the opening period. Smith made the best save when he kicked out his right pad to stop Anisimov's breakaway shot.
NOTES: Columbus has not allowed a power-play goal in 13 games. ... Phoenix D Oliver Ekman-Larrson, 21, played his first game since signing a six-year contract worth 5.5 million annually. ... The Blue Jackets are 1-0-2 on a five-game home stand that continues Tuesday with Nashville. ... Phoenix's next stop on their season-high four-game (0-1-1) road trip is Monday at Los Angeles. They are 3-6-4 on the road this season. ... The Blue Jackets announced during the game they reassigned C Sean Collins to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
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