For the second straight game, it took overtime, and in Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series vs. Boston, the Blue Jackets evened the series at 1-1 thanks to a 3-2 double-OT victory in front of a sellout crowd in TD Garden.
Game in a Paragraph
The Jackets played a much better game than Thursday night's Game 1, controlling large stretches of play. But the team never led through two periods, with Boston leading 1-0 after one thanks to a power-play goal and the teams tied at 2 after two thanks to a pair of Artemi Panarin goals. After a scoreless third, the teams went to overtime again, and then double overtime after a dramatic first extra period. It took just 3:42 for the Jackets to find the winner as Matt Duchene scored on the power play.
GAME 2 HUB: Highlights, tweets, and news
Quote of the Game
CBJ captain Nick Foligno: "I think we just got our game going. I liked our game tonight. I thought we competed and we battled against a team that just plays the right way all the time. I thought we just stuck with it, stayed patient, and we knew this was going to be a series. Huge win for the group and I'm proud we just kept finding our way in that game."
- Panarin scored twice and now has points in all six Blue Jackets playoff games, and his streak of six straight games with a point is a franchise record. He also assisted on the game-winning OT goal.
- Seth Jones had two assists, giving him four points in the first two games of the series. He also played a game-high 38:01 with five hits and three blocked shots.
- Duchene scored his fourth goal of the postseason to win it.
- Cam Atkinson had a pair of assists.
Video: Blue Jackets even series with Game 2 win in 2OT
Amid a wildly physical first period that included 20 hits for Boston and 18 for the Jackets, the Bruins led 1-0 after the frame thanks to a power-play goal. With Josh Anderson in the box for interference, Matt Grzelcyk shot the puck from the wall at the edge of the left circle, and it caught the bottom of Sergei Bobrovsky's glove and went in the net.
Columbus answered, though, with a power-play goal of its own early in the second. Panarin got his first of the night at 1:03, as he set up in the left circle and blasted a one-timer off a pass from Jones through the legs of Tuukka Rask.
But Boston regained the lead just 58 seconds later. Charlie Coyle gathered speed along the left side, wrapped around the net, and threw a pass in front that went off the skate of David Pastrnak and deflected over the shoulder of Bobrovksy to make it a 2-1 game at 2:01.
Later in the second, Columbus tied it amid a big turning point in the game. Anderson negated a Blue Jackets power play by taking a double minor for high-sticking, but the Jackets scored 4-on-4 to make it 2-2. It was Panarin again, as Jones jumped on a wayward pass by Coyle and fed it on the right to Panarin, who gathered it and lifted a sharp-angle shot over Rask, an impressive and nearly impossible finish.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm2: Panarin roofs second goal of the game
The Blue Jackets then killed off the entirety of Boston's 2:59 power play, and it stayed a 2-2 game through the end of the second.
The third period was tight-checking with little space to be found, but the Jackets did get a good look in the final minute as Nick Foligno came in with speed and had a clean shot, but Rask made an excellent glove save to keep it tied and force overtime.
In the extra frame, Foligno had a great early chance on a 2-on-1, deking Rask and trying to put it in around him but the Boston goalie reached out and made an incredible glove save while falling forward to the ice. Patrice Bergeron also had some nice chances to win it near the midway point of OT but Bobrovsky stood tall.
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Columbus also got a power play in overtime when Charlie McAvoy caught Duchene with a high stick, but Boston killed it off. Then, with 2:12 left in OT, Bobrovsky again made an incredible stop on Bergeron, who was teed up in the slot, as the CBJ goalie moved to his right for the save. Coyle also hit the post on a rebound as the clocked ticked down toward a minute to play.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm2: Bobrovsky shuts the door on Bergeron
In the second overtime, Boone Jenner had a great look on the first shift that Rask shouldered into the netting. The Jackets then got a power play at 2:59 after Bergeron tripped Jones, and Columbus won it from there as Panarin blasted a shot on Rask before Duchene kicked the rebound onto his stick and slid it through Rask's legs for the winner.
By the Numbers
At 83:42, it was the second longest game in franchise history. Last year's Game 3 loss to Washington lasted 89:00. ... Jones now has a 2-6-8 line in six playoff games, while Panarin is at 4-5-9. … Panarin's power-play goal was the first of the series for the Jackets after Columbus went 5-10 vs. Tampa Bay. … Columbus finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Boston was 1-4. ... Bobrovsky made 29 saves, while Rask had 38. ... The Blue Jackets have now played 27 playoff games in franchise history, and nine have gone to overtime. The Blue Jackets are 5-4 in those games. ... The Blue Jackets have 58 goals in the last 14 games going back to the regular season and are 12-2 in that span.
Columbus made one change to its lineup, entering Alexander Wennberg for the first time in the playoffs and scratching Ryan Dzingel.
The series shifts to Columbus for the first time Tuesday night as the Jackets and Bruins play Game 3 in Nationwide Arena. It will be a 7 p.m. start.