Blue Jackets even series with double OT win, spoil Tuukka Rask's 38-save effort


The Bruins killed off one penalty in the first overtime, but they couldn't kill off a second in the second OT. With Patrice Bergeron in the box for a trip committed on the forecheck, Matt Duchene buried a rebound after Tuukka Rask had stopped Artemi Panarin's one-time bid to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win and even the series at 1-1.

The Blue Jackets nearly won it 1:58 into the first overtime when Nick Foligno got past Charlie McAvoy and led a 2-on-1 rush, but Rask made an incredible glove save as Foligno shifted to his backhand as he cut to the net.

Tuukka was halfway out the building and still made the save

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 28, 2019

Rask also made a great glove in a similar situation in the final minute of the third period. That sequence also featured Foligno stepping around McAvoy and leading a 2-on-1, and that also ended with Rask flashing the leather.

The Blue Jackets went to the power play after a McAvoy high stick with 9:12 left in the first overtime, but the Bruins stepped up with a huge penalty kill. Sean Kuraly made a nice play early in the kill to force an offensive-zone faceoff, then Zdeno Chara and Noel Acciari killed valuable time holding the puck in the corner to Rask's left.

Late in the first overtime, it was Bobrovsky's turn to make a highlight-reel save. Danton Heinen made a great pass to set up Patrice Bergeron for a one-timer in the slot, but Bobrovsky made an incredible save to keep the game tied.

The Blue Jackets had another great chance early in the second overtime when Jake DeBrusk couldn't handle a cross-ice pass and inadvertently sent Boone Jenner in alone, but once again Rask was there to bail out a teammate.

Rask could only do so much though, and Duchene's power-play winner spoiled his 38-save effort.

The series now shifts to Columbus for Game 3 on Tuesday, as the Bruins get a much-needed two-day break.

The Bruins came out taking the body in the first period, with Zdeno Chara setting the tone on the first shift with a massive hit on Riley Nash in the neutral zone that served as a bit of payback for Nash’s hit on David Krejci in Game 1 that left Krejci as a game-time decision for Game 2 before ultimately being cleared to play.

Riley Nash gets crushed by Zdeno Chara

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 28, 2019

The B’s didn’t create a whole lot of offense in the first, but they did go into the intermission with a 1-0 lead thanks to a power-play goal. Charlie Coyle won an offensive-zone faceoff and the Bruins eventually worked the puck over to Matt Grzelcyk, who walked in from the left point and fired a shot that beat Sergei Bobrovsky for his first career playoff goal.


— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) April 28, 2019

In the second period, the Bruins fell victim to a pair of defensive zone turnovers that twice allowed Columbus to tie the game. With the Blue Jackets on the power play early in the period, Chara failed to clear the zone when he had a chance, and seconds later Seth Jones fed Panarin for a rocket of a one-timer from the left circle.

The Bruins retook the lead less than a minute later when Charlie Coyle’s wraparound attempt ricocheted off David Pastrnak’s skate and in. It was Pastrnak’s first goal since he scored twice in Game 4 of the first round.

...@pastrnak96 makes it 2-1. Off his skate.

— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) April 28, 2019

The Blue Jackets tied it again at the 8:03 mark of the second during 4-on-4 play when Coyle blindly threw a backhand pass to the middle of his own zone that was easily picked off by Jones, who once again fed Panarin for a lethal finish. Coyle has arguably been the Bruins’ best forward in this series and in the playoffs as a whole, but that was also the second time in as many games that he committed a costly defensive zone turnover that led to a goal.

Those two turnovers were the standouts of an all-around ugly second period from the Bruins, as they once again failed to create offense aside from the goal, finishing the period with just seven shots on goal to bring their two-period total to a meager 13.

The Bruins came out a little better in the third and had a golden opportunity to take the lead with 13:25 to go when DeBrusk collected a Blue Jackets defensive-zone turnover and walked in alone on Bobrovsky, but for some reason he decided to try a drop pass from right in front of the net that got broken up instead of taking the point-blank shot. That play served as the latest and most glaring example of what’s becoming a trend of the Bruins over-passing and getting too cute in the offensive zone.


— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 28, 2019

Neither team had much in the way of good chances down the stretch in the third, until Foligno's good look in the final minute that was answered by Rask's glove.

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