The Columbus Blue Jackets dealt with a disciplinary issue for starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and picked up two overtime wins.
Columbus seeks a third straight win Sunday night when it hosts the New York Rangers, though it is unknown if Bobrovsky will be in goal.
Bobrovsky has sat for the last two games because he reportedly was involved in an "incident" that "failed to meet expectations and values" of the Blue Jackets. The incident reportedly occurred in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday after he was pulled from the game.
Bobrovsky sat out overtime wins against Nashville on home ice Thursday and did not play a 2-1 overtime win at Washington on Saturday, though he traveled with the team.
Backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo stopped 32 shots Saturday and has won his last three starts. The only time this season he started three straight games was Oct. 25-30.
"I don't want to bother my mind on those kind of (things), but it's reality," Korpisalo told reporters. "You never know what's going to happen. It doesn't matter what's going around. I just do my best every day."
On Saturday, Artemi Panarin scored his second straight game-winning goal in overtime and his two tallies continued a hot streak for the Blue Jackets, who are 8-3 in their last 11 games since Dec. 15.
"I loved the way we found a way to get the job done in overtime," Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. "'Bread,' that's what he brings to this team. It's a great sign for our confidence right now."
Panarin has four overtime goals this season and is the 21st player in NHL history to score at least four goals beyond regulation in a single season. He also has seven goals in his last 10 games.
Korpisalo made 19 saves on Dec. 27 at New York when Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 31 seconds into overtime to give Columbus a 4-3 win after the Blue Jackets tied the game with less than three minutes left.
The Rangers head to Columbus after halting a season-high five-game losing streak with a 2-1 road win over the rival New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon. Mats Zuccarello scored the game-winning goal in the third period and backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves. >> Read More
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