BOSTON BRUINS 4 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 3- (Boston leads 3-2)
David Pastrnak scored with 1:28 left in the 3rd period to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win and are now one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals and a date with the Carolina Hurricanes. After a scoreless first period, David Krecji got the Bruins on the board early in the second.
Then came the third, and things got a little crazy. Brad Marchand (who someone mentioned yesterday was due for a breakout game) made it 2-0 early in the third.
I don’t wanna dump on Bobrovsky, because he’s been so damn good in the playoffs but holy crap, man! You have got to hang onto that puck! In and out of the trapper. Yeesh.
So, let’s fast forward to the halfway point of the period. Boston’s got it on lockdown, and it’s looking like they’re going to coast to the win. But they lift their foot just a lil bit and Seth Jones scores from a ridiculous angle, Matt Grzelcyk with the bad deflection past Tuukka Rask there. Or did he? After a long (not Kentucky Derby long, but NHL long) video review, they do agree that it’s a goal and Columbus is back in this one. For 43 seconds.
Okay, so that’s a two goal lead, they were free and clear. For 49 seconds.
That’s a nice goal from Ryan Dzingel, but that’s not what he’s gonna be remembered for from last night. No, last night he looked the hockey gods square in the eyes and defied them.
Just under 2 minutes later, the Jackets got the tying goal from rookie Dean Kukan.
Okay, so now it’s tied and they just gotta get it to OT. No problem. Well, one small problem.
Okay. Less than 2 minutes to go. Bobrovsky on the bench. Can they tie it up?
Not sure what that is. Could be nothing. However, this is the Bruins and while we all know that this is the team that never, ever gets a break from the NHL on anything, it does seem like that might be a puck well past the goal line under Rask’s pant leg. I’m sure it’s fine.
And after the game, John Tortorella guaranteed there would be a Game 7 in Boston Wednesday.
SAN JOSE SHARKS 2 COLORADO AVALANCHE 1- (San Jose leads 3-2)
Coming off a series tying 3-0 shutout of the Sharks in Game 4, the Avalanche had to feel pretty confident heading into last night’s contest. This one was another tight defensive battle, and we didn’t see the first goal of the night until Tyson Jost got one past Martin Jones late in the second for the 1-0 Colorado lead.
Not exactly a top corner snipe, but whatever it takes, right? With less than a minute left in the period, the Sharks would have an answer as Tomas Hertl gets his first goal of this series.
Funny thing about Hertl. He never seems to just score single goals. He’s always putting up two or three, so it probably wasn’t a shock to anyone that he struck again in the 3rd.
Martin Jones shut the door the rest of the way and this series is headed for an elimination Game 5 Monday night in Denver.