The Boston Bruins have eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will advance to the Eastern Conference Final.
Boston capped the series with a 3-0 victory in Game Six on Monday, dropping the home team despite being outshot and outhit in the contest.
After a scoreless first period, Boston got on the board with David Krejci’s fourth goal of the playoffs a dozen minutes into the second. Marcus Johansson and David Backes added goals in the third to finish off the Blue Jackets.
There’s plenty to unpack in the game, including a two minute minor penalty to the Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy for his check to the head of Josh Anderson. There will be plenty of conversation over that moment in the days to come, but head coach John Tortorella decided to leave well enough alone for the time being. Whether he’ll be as conciliatory with the Jackets now out of the playoffs remains to be seen.
It’s possible that the league looks into the McAvoy hit, but that also remains to be seen.
In the end, Columbus just couldn’t get the puck past Tuukka Rask when it mattered most. The Bruins outscored the Blue Jackets 17-11 in the second round series and much of that came down to the Boston goalie, who put in a calm, cool and collected performance.
That’s not to say that Sergei Bobrovsky was not equal to the task in the Columbus net, but he couldn’t win the goaltending battle in the end.
Things did look a little tricky for the Bruins early in the series, especially when it came to solving Bobrovsky. But after tumbling 2-1 in Game Three, Boston crept into the round and likely into the netminder’s head. In the final three games of the series, the Bruins took the wins and outscored Columbus 11-4. And that was that.
The Blue Jackets move on to what should be, to put it mildly, an interesting summer. There are contractual issues to contend with and they’ll make plenty of news down the line, that’s for sure.
And the Bruins will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, which should be a compelling battle both off and on the ice.
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