Report: Bobrovsky took off equipment early after being pulled

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Details have emerged concerning the incident that saw the Columbus Blue Jackets withhold goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the team for one of their games last week.

After being pulled with 11 minutes left in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 8, Bobrovsky went straight to the dressing room to get undressed and hit the showers, sources confirmed to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.

Bobrovsky was unavailable to return to the crease in the unlikely event that backup Joonas Korpisalo had to exit the game and his actions infuriated head coach John Tortorella, Portzline adds.

Following the game, Seth Jones, Boone Jenner, and Cam Atkinson were among a group of Blue Jackets players that pulled Bobrovsky aside for a meeting on the tarmac before the team's flight from Tampa.

In the aftermath of the incident, Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen kept Bobrovsky from joining the team for a Jan. 10 contest versus the Nashville Predators for disciplinary reasons that were kept under wraps by the team.

Bobrovsky has started one game since the incident, winning a 7-5 decision over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Report: Bobrovsky took off equipment early after being pulled
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