BOSTON -- Charlie Coyle scored 5:15 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Thursday.
Coyle tied the game 2-2 with 4:35 left in the third period.
In overtime, he tipped in a pass from Marcus Johansson behind goalie Sergei Bobrovsky at the right post.
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"I was just relieved we got the win," Coyle said. "I didn't care who scored, to be honest. I was at the end of it, but, yeah, it's special. It's special personally. But it's all about the team here. And I was glad after the turnover (that led to Columbus' first goal) just to get the win, no matter how we did it."
The Bruins won their third straight Stanley Cup Playoff game; it eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round.
Game 2 of this best-of-7 series is at Boston on Saturday.
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm1: Acciari buries wrister on rush for SHG
"I thought we were clearly the better team in the first period," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "The residual effect of the emotional win in Game 7 (on Tuesday), they had time off, that can go either way, and usually it's hard to find your game when you have that much time off, the intensity level.
"I think every game is important, but if we played well and it had not gone our way tonight, you're going to be a little hard on yourself."
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead on goals 13 seconds apart in the third period, the fastest two goals by Columbus in a playoff game.
Brandon Dubinsky tied it at 7:39 when he deflected Seth Jones' shot from the slot. Coyle lost the puck to Riley Nash at the blue line seconds before the goal.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored at 7:52. Artemi Panarin made a clean entry into the Boston zone and took a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that went off Dubois' leg into the net.
Columbus lost for the first time this postseason; it swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
"Yeah, it's tough, obviously, you know we'd like to get that one back there at the end of the third, but we didn't sit back afterwards," Dubinsky said. "I thought we pushed them for the last five minutes of that period and into overtime. And it's overtime, anything can happen."
Noel Acciari scored a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 at 10:34 of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead. His shot from the right face-off circle went inside the far post with Joakim Nordstrom providing the net drive.
The Blue Jackets, playing their first game in nine days, didn't have a shot on goal until 6:52 of the first period. Boston outshot Columbus 14-4 in the period.
"Yeah, we had our struggles in the first," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "But found our game for a number of minutes there, but we just couldn't finish the game."
Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm1: Dubinsky, Dubois score 13 seconds apart
They said it
"When you're turning pucks over and you're chasing their butts, your legs don't feel good doing that." -- Blue Jackets forward Riley Nash
"It's a team sport, and unfortunately this game didn't go our way, so we have to be ready for the next game." -- Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
"The group we have is very special. I mean there is nothing that fazes us. I think the way we stepped up after they scored their two goals and came back and we never gave up. That's something special." -- Bruins forward Marcus Johansson
"Well, his buddies probably expect him to get a hat trick next game, that's the problem. Listen, he's got to be excited. I think (when he played for the Minnesota Wild) they didn't have much luck in terms of getting to the second round, so he's probably excited he's advancing. Now you're at home. Now you're the hero of the game, so I think it's awesome. Good for him. Great story." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Charlie Coyle, who's from East Weymouth, Massachusetts
Need to know
Coyle is the second Bruins player to score a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period and then score in overtime in a Stanley Cup Playoff game. Patrice Bergeron did it in Game 7 of the first round in 2013 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Bruins center David Krejci did not play in overtime because of an undisclosed injury. He is day to day. ... Rask's NHL playoff record is 40-33, making him the 12th goalie from an Original Six team to reach 40 wins. ... Columbus scored two goals in 19 seconds in Game 4 of the 2019 first round (Artemi Panarin and Alexandre Texier, each into an empty net).
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Video: Coyle scores twice, leads Bruins to OT win in Game 1