Boston, MA– With the second consecutive series to be tied at two games apiece for the Boston Bruins in these 2019 NHL playoffs, Boston was definitely looking to avoid a different outcome compared to last series' game five, in which they fell to a three games to two deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last night, the Bruins capitalized on the chance to take a three games to two lead of their own against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The thrilling match resulted in a last minute 4-3 victory to give Boston an advantage in the remainder of the second round.
The first period was the polar opposite of the third, as the Bruins and Blue Jackets went into the first intermission scoreless after trading missed power play opportunities. Both goalies were extremely impressive, with Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky squandering a number of stellar Bruins shots and Tuukka Rask continuing his elite form throughout the entire game with 33 total saves.
The scoring did not get started until just under two minutes into the second period when David Krejci broke through for a goal thanks to assists from Jake DeBrusk and David Backes. From there, though, the Blue Jackets played incredibly aggressively in a way that foreshadowed the wild third period.
Five minutes into the third, Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with assists from Connor Clifton and Patrice Bergeron. Ten minutes into the period, Columbus' Seth Jones answered back to cut the lead in half. Less than a minute later, Boston reclaimed a two goal lead on the heels of a Marchand-assisted goal for David Pastrnak. In two minutes, though, back to back goals from Ryan Dzingel and Dean Kukan evened the score at 3-3 with six minutes left. With just under two minutes remaining in regulation, Pastrnak wound up as the hero as he skated in with an extremely clutch goal (his sixth goal of the playoffs and second of the series), as assisted by Marchand and Brandon Carlo. Rightfully, Pastrnak was showered with jubilation and the Bruins were victorious by a score of 4-3!
Boston's chance to close out the series will come in tomorrow night's game six on the road in Columbus. A date in the conference finals is on the line and the Bruins would love nothing more than to secure that as quickly as possible.