Boston, MA– After a rousing, nail-biting seven game series in round one against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins were forced to regroup quickly as their second round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets started very quickly afterwards. Coming off of a four game sweep against a historic regular season team in the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins could not afford to overlook the Blue Jackets, even despite their status as the conference's lowest seed. As game one progressed, it became clear that the Bruins would do anything but underestimate their opponent.
The scoring got started in the first period when Noel Acciari netted his first goal of the playoffs in a shorthanded effort that was assisted by Charlie McAvoy. From there, the game became staunchly a defensive effort as both teams held off impressive scoring efforts and Tuukka Rask found himself saving 20 shots during the game.
However, Rask became flustered seven minutes into the third period and Columbus took advantage with two goals in 13 seconds from Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois, respectively. From there, the Bruins trailed 2-1 until five minutes remained in regulation and Charlie Coyle swooped in to be the hero to tie the game at 2-2, with assists from Marcus Johnasson and Torey Krug. After sending the game into overtime, Coyle again showed off his heroics with his fifth goal of the playoffs. Assisted by Johansson and Danton Heinen, Coyle scored the game-winning goal just five minutes into overtime and Boston won game one, 3-2!
As a result of the game, David Krejci is dealing with an upper body injury, but the Bruins are feeling optimistic for his health.
With a one game to zero lead, the Bruins have a refreshing bit of a cushion going into game two of the series. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed and they have a ton of work to do, but it is great to have a breather that the Bruins actually won a game to take a lead in the series this year. They'll have a chance to extend that lead tonight in an eight o'clock home game that will be broadcast on NBC.