COLUMBUS, Ohio -- By the flash of his glove and the snap of his pads, the Blue Jackets are starting to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky return to his award-winning form from last season.
Bobrovsky made 36 saves, five or six of them worthy of a highlights package, to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at Nationwide Arena.
Center Brandon Dubinsky, right winger Cam Atkinson and rookie center Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, who won seven straight against the Hurricanes dating to early in the 2005-06 season.
Carolina, which won a season-high five straight games, was shut out for the third time this season.
"Sergei was amazing," Dubinsky said. "The way the building was rocking and the way 'Bob' was playing, it felt like the push we made last season.
"There's still some things we can tighten up and do better, but it's a good win for us. We get so much confidence when Sergei's going like that behind us."
Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khubodin made 21 saves for his first loss of the season.
The Blue Jackets scored twice in the first period and turned the rest over to Bobrovsky, who was playing his second game back since missing one month with a groin injury.
In those two games, Bobrovsky has stopped 75 of 78 shots.
"I'm feeling good," Bobrovsky said. "I don't remember this save or that save, right now. I'm just trying to focus on the next save."
Bobrovsky robbed Hurricanes center Nathan Gerbe and left winger Elias Lindholm twice each.
Lindholm had the best chances midway through the third, but Bobrovsky extended his right pad to stuff two point-blank attempts.
Gerbe had a great chance to avoid the shutout when a deflected puck low in the right circle with 2:30 to play. A moment's hesitation cost him, though, as Bobrovsky leapt to his left to glove Gerbe's shot.
The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead with 5:00 left in the first period when Jenner happened upon a turnover by Carolina center Brent Sutter. From the slot, Jenner fired a wrister that beat Khudobin high on his stick side.
Only 70 seconds later, it was 2-0. Dubinsky came into the zone with a feed, gathered a drop pass from right winger Cam Atkinson and beat Khudobin inside the near post.
The Blue Jackets pushed the lead to 3-0 at 5:54 of the third period, scoring with 24 seconds left in a four-minute power play.
Atkinson took a feed off the wall from Jackets center Mark Letestu, skated alone into the slot and beat Khudobin inside the far post.
The Blue Jackets preserved the lead with solid penalty killing in the third period.
Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (interference) and center Artem Anisimov (delay of game) gave the Hurricanes a 5-on-3 power play for 1:08 midway through the third, but Carolina failed to convert.
"Bobrovsky was on his game tonight," Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk said. "He's won awards in this league. He's one of the best goalies.
"We did get chances. He was ready for it."
NOTES: The Blue Jackets placed LW Blake Comeau on injured reserve. He's expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left knee that he suffered in practice on Thursday. ... Hurricanes C Eric Staal missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury. He's expected back early next week. ... Blue Jackets C Derek MacKenzie served the third and final game of his NHL suspension for a boarding penalty on Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Jan. 2. ... Hurricanes rookie D Ryan Murphy was a healthy scratch for the seventh time this season.