The Blue Jackets lost Game 5 of their second-round playoff series in Boston by a 4-3 score Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd in TD Garden.
Game in a Paragraph
A tight-checking game turned into a wild one as a Columbus comeback went for naught. Boston took a 1-0 lead early in the second period and held it through 40 minutes, then had a flying start to the third and doubled the lead. Columbus rallied, though, during a crazy sequence that featured four goals in a 3:25 span to tie the game at 3. But David Pastrnak scored in transition with 1:28 to play and Boston now leads the series 3-2.
Video: CBJ Recap: Late rally falls short in Game 5
Quote of the Game
Head coach John Tortorella: "I have no problem with the intenstiy of our club right on through. It's just that we need guys being more creative and making more plays throughout a 60-minute game. We had a problem at the beginning of the third after two periods, although we didn't create a bunch of offense, we didn't give them much either (in the first 40 minutes). The surge in the third, we came back."
- Seth Jones scored his first goal of the series and now has a 3-6-9 line this playoffs. He played 29:49.
- Ryan Dzingel played a solid all-around game and scored his first goal of the playoffs.
- Dean Kukan scored his first-ever NHL goal to tie the score in the third.
The teams skated to an even, scoreless first period, with about the only difference the fact that the Blue Jackets had to kill two penalties while Boston took just one, though Sergei Bobrovsky made some tough saves look easy on the Boston power plays.
But it took Boston just 1:39 to take the lead in the second period, scoring in transition after a turnover. David Backes brought the puck into the zone and gave it to Jake DeBrusk, who reversed it to the right to the onrushing David Krejci. Krejci couldn't corral the puck at first and then sort of fanned on the shot, but it crossed up Bobrovsky, sliding between his legs to make it a 1-0 game.
Bobrovsky more than made up for it, though, a few minutes later as he went post-to-post to his left to deny Marcus Johansson with his left pad on a one-timer on a feed from Charlie Coyle.
The Blue Jackets started to gain more possession as the period went on -- Boston didn't have a shot attempt from the offensive zone in the last 10 minutes -- but Tuukka Rask made a couple of big saves alone. First, Cam Atkinson was set up by Alexander Wennberg, but Rask made a stick save as Atkinson tried to make a move and beat him five-hole. Then on the power play moments later, Nick Foligno worked his way around Zdeno Chara and had just Rask to beat, but the Boston goalie made a pad save on Foligno's backhand try.
That kept it a 1-0 game through 40 minutes and the Bruins made it 2-0 early in the third. Off an offensive zone faceoff win, Connor Clifton got low along the left side and fired across the crease to Brad Marchand. Bobrovsky made an incredible glove save on Marchand's first effort, but he couldn't control the puck and it went right back to Marchand to finish at 4:51.
But Columbus got a lifeline at 10:33, as Jones threw a puck on net from a sharp angle on the right, and it tipped the stick of Matt Grzelcyk and deflected into the net between the near post and Rusk's left pad. It took a long review, but officials finally confirmed the tally.
It took just 43 seconds, though, for the Bruins to answer and make it 3-1. The Jackets got caught pushing for the tying goal and the Bruins went the other way on an odd-man rush, with Pastnrak beating Bobrovsky clean past the blocker as he came in along the left side with 8:44 to go.
Columbus wasn't done, though, scoring 51 seconds later to pull within one again. Matt Duchene got the puck into the right circle and pulled up, sending a pass across the slot to Dzingel, who had time and picked his spot, roofing a shot over Rask with 7:53 to go.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm5: Dzingel roofs goal over Rask
Then the Blue Jackets tied it 3-3 with 6:02 on the clock to cap a strong shift in the offensive zone. Artemi Panarin got the puck low on the left and instead of shooting set up Dean Kukan alone in the slot, and his one-time blast beat Rask to the glove to make it 3-3.
Both teams pushed for the winning goal late and Boston got it with 1:28 to go in transition as Marchand fed Pastrnak in transition, left to right, and he put it by the outstretched pad of Bobrovsky.
The Blue Jackets had their chances to tie with Bobrovsky pulled in the final minute, including a one-handed deflection by Duchene that hit the post behind Rask and a chance by Atkinson in front, but Boston held on to the win.
By the Numbers
Shots on goal were tied 36 apiece. ... Panarin now has a team-high 11 points (5-6-11) in the playoffs while Duchene has 10 (5-5-10). … The teams were scoreless in the first period for the first time this series. … Boone Jenner had four shots on goal and has a CBJ-best 25 in the series. … Four of the five games in the series have been one-goal games. ... Columbus had just one goal in six periods before scoring thrice in 3:25 of the third. ... With the goals by Dzingel and Kukan, 16 different Jackets have scored this postseason. ... The Blue Jackets avoided being shut out in a playoff game for the second time in franchise history (Game 2 vs. Detroit in 2009 first round).
The Blue Jackets decided to play seven defensemen, giving Vladislav Gavrikov his NHL debut in place of forward Alexandre Texier. Forward Riley Nash and defenseman Markus Nutivaara remained out with upper-body injuries despite making the trip.
The Jackets and Bruins return to Columbus for Game 6 on Monday, with faceoff set for 7 p.m.