Bruins Advance to Conference Finals with Shutout of Columbus!
Boston, MA– When the Boston Bruins fell down two games to one against the Columbus Blue Jackets, they switched into high gear and never looked back as they proceeded to win the next three games by scores of 4-1, 4-3, and 3-0. Boston absolutely dominated Columbus down the stretch, as their best offensive players finally came alive to take better advantage of Columbus' shut down goalie, Sergei Bobrosvsky, and Tuukka Rask continued to rise in the ranks of elite goalies around the NHL.
Rask was thoroughly impressive during the game as he saved all 39 of Columbus' shots and helped anchor the team to a 3-0 victory, which was good for the sixth shutout of Rask's post-season career. He has been nothing short of fantastic for the Bruins in the playoffs so far.
And as Boston's core group came alive, they still managed to show the depth of the roster by getting players from every line involved in the win. After a controversial interference call left the first period scoreless, David Krejci slapped his fourth goal of the playoffs home about halfway through the second, assisted by Connor Clifton and Jake DeBrusk. Halfway through the third period, back to back goals from Boston officially buried Columbus. Marcus Johansson was first with his second goal of the playoffs thanks to assists from Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen. Then, David Backes delivered the dagger with his first goal of the post-season off of assists from Krejci and Torey Krug.
Now, the Bruins have defeated the Blue Jackets four games to two and they advance to the conference finals. Their opponent in the league semifinals will be the Carolina Hurricanes, who are coming off of a sweep of the New York Islanders. However, Columbus swept the Tampa Bay Lightning ahead of their series with the Bruins, so that kind of momentum is not necessarily a problem for the Bruins. It is the first time since 2013 that the Bruins have made it to the conference finals and they will have home ice advantage for the series! Let's have another series victory, Boston, what do you say?