Boston, MA– Well, you can't say that the Bruins didn't have their fair share of chances. But when it came down to score or lose, the Bruins offense could not get it done when it counted. And eventually, the defense caved, despite holding back the Blue Jackets into double overtime.
Let's go back to the start. Coming off of a clutch 3-2 overtime victory in game one, the Bruins once again found themselves in embroiled in a nail-biting back and forth affair that showed neither team could ever truly establish a foothold over the competition.
Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the first period after they were given a power play and Matt Grzelcyk capitalized on assists from Charlie McAvoy and David Krejci, who returned from a questionable injury status. However, Columbus answered with a power play of their own in the first minute of the second period with an Artemi Panarin goal. Just one minute later, though, David Pastrnak brought the lead back to Boston with his third goal of the playoffs, as assisted by Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. With 12 minutes remaining in the second period, Columbus again tied the game with another Panarin goal.
The score then remained 2-2 throughout the third period and the first overtime, but the game went to a second overtime where it took just under four minutes for Matt Duchene to score the game-winning goal for Columbus on a power play.
The Bruins had 31 shots, with a majority of them coming in the second period and in overtime, but they never capitalized on their immense amount of golden chances to win the game. Instead, goalie Tuukka Rask's 38 saves ended up being one short and the score flipped to see the Bruins lose 3-2 in game two instead.
The Bruins will get a bit of an extended chance to recover from the demoralizing loss thanks to a two day break between games two and three, as they will now travel to Columbus for their first road game of the series. Boston has shown the ability to rebound better than anyone in the NHL this season and this will hopefully continue on Tuesday. With the series tied at one game apiece, Boston will aim to regain their lead. Every win is precious in the playoffs, after all.