BRUINS 4 | JACKETS 3 (SO)
For the better part of 40 minutes, the Blue Jackets played a sound, structured game and gave the Boston Bruins a taste of their own medicine. The third period was a much different story.
Holding a 2-0 lead entering the third period, things came unraveled quickly for the Blue Jackets. Dennis Seidenberg beat Sergei Bobrovsky from about 80 feet at 1:28, and from that point forward, the game had a completely different feel.
The Bruins, lacking speed to their attack and really, much conviction at all in the first half of the game, were suddenly awakened and the Blue Jackets did not help themselves by turning the puck over. Just prior to the midway point of the third period, they couldn’t clear the zone and a quick shot by Matt Bartkowski was tipped in by Matt Fraser to tie the game, 2-2.
And less than two minutes later, another turnover off the wall allowed Daniel Paille to spin and fire on goal, and a puck that deflected en route beat Bobrovsky at 11:32 to make it 3-2 for the Bruins. That two-goal lead felt like ancient history for the Blue Jackets, who for the first time in the game had to play from behind and open things up a little bit.
A great pass from Ryan Johansen and a better read by Jack Johnson made it happen for Columbus just 75 seconds after the Bruins took the lead.
Johansen won a battle behind the Bruins net and found Johnson in the low left circle, and Johnson beat Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg under the crossbar to make it a 3-3 game with 7:13 to go.
Following a scoreless but eventful overtime (featuring a scrap between Dalton Prout and Milan Lucic at the buzzer), the Blue Jackets became the last NHL team to partake in a shootout this season - and result notwithstanding, it was a dandy.
Bobrovsky and Svedberg dueled in a seven-round shootout, the lone goal coming off the stick of Alex Khokhlachev, just recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis with David Krejci out of the lineup.
The Blue Jackets have points in three of their last four games (2-1-1) as they head to Philadelphia for a rematch with the Flyers tomorrow night.
The Seidenberg goal changed the game. A seemingly-innocent puck that scraped through Bobrovsky’s pads brought the Bruins bench to life and they were a much different team in the third period. That early third-period goal was just what they needed after very few quality chances earlier in the game.
at Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center