COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off one of their worst games in the last two months, the Columbus Blue Jackets were angry and hungry.
The San Jose Sharks paid the price.
Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his fourth career shutout — all in his last 15 games — and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist Tuesday night, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 win over the Sharks.
The victory was vital for the Blue Jackets, still hoping to steal a playoff spot for only the second time in the franchise's 12 seasons.
"The most important thing is we have to get the two points," said Gaborik, acquired last week in a megadeal with the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. "We scored four goals and Bob was great. The overall effort for the whole team was there tonight."
It was not there for the Sharks, who lost their second straight after a seven-game winning streak.
"The building has nothing to do with it," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of his club's second straight lopsided loss in Nationwide Arena. "The results are the same. I'm just as mad this time as the last time."
Columbus ran up a 6-2 home win on San Jose on Feb. 11.
"They spanked us last time here and now tonight," captain Joe Thornton said. "We've been going good, but this is kind of a step back. We've got to tighten up, get better."
McLellan was most upset with his team's effort.