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The Roundup- Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: May 3/19

The Bruins and Avalanche bounce back and tied their respective series last night.

Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

BOSTON BRUINS 4 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 1- (Series tied 2-2)

The Bruins power play can be lethal, and Patrice Bergeron showed exactly how lethal last night, as he scored twice leading the Bruins to a 4-1 win, evening their series at two games a piece. The bigger story last night was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 39 of 40 Columbus shots. The score’s a bit misleading, because it makes it look like Sergei Bobrovsky had a bad game. Far from it, as he stopped 42 of 46 Bruins shots, including 19 of 21 in the 3rd period. I feel bad for Rask (well, about as bad as one could feel for a team that is clearly of the Devil), because he got robbed of a shutout last night. Artemi Panerin’s goal shouldn’t have counted, but thanks to a lack of foresight when the NHL created a rule years ago, that allowed him to be credited for a goal after the puck had left the playing surface and hit the mesh above the glass, simply because the refs didn’t catch it exactly when it happened. It’s not reviewable and it’s wrong. They need to change this, and it’s odd that no one saw this rule and thought that this was a scenario that could happen. It didn’t impact the game, but we’re in the playoffs now, and the chances of a goal that can impact the game or even a series exists. They can’t have another Brett Hull moment on their hands.

COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 SAN JOSE SHARKS 0- (Series tied 0-0)

Nathan MacKinnon’s 2nd period goal stood up as the winner, and Philipp Grubauer stopped all 32 San Jose shots he faced in a 3-0 Colorado win at home. How good has MacKinnon been in the playoffs this year?

That seems good.

They added 3rd period goals from Colin Wilson and Erik Johnson to send the series back to the Bay Area tied 2-2.