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Bruins survive Blue Jackets' rally in Game 5, one win from Eastern Final

Pastrnak scores second goal with 1:28 left to push Columbus to brink

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

Pastrnak's second of the period

CBJ@BOS, Gm5: Pastrnak redirects late go-ahead goal

R2, Gm5: David Pastrnak tips a feed from Brad Marchand into the net to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead late in the 3rd with his second of the night

  • 01:10 •

BOSTON -- David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game with 1:28 remaining in the third period, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Saturday.

Pastrnak scored the game-winner on a 2-on-1 by redirecting a pass from Brad Marchand, who had a goal and two assists.

Pastrnak has three goals in the past two games after scoring one goal, which went in off his skate, in the first three games of the series.


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"It's nice to score goals," Pastrnak said. "… [We] had a good game as a line, picked each other up when it's the most needed."

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and would advance to the Eastern Conference Final by winning Game 6 at Columbus on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Game 7 would be at Boston on Wednesday.

"Things happen for a reason," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "And I truly believe that. We'll be back here for Game 7."

David Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:39 of the second period after Jake DeBrusk fed him in the right face-off circle.

Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm5: Krejci goes five-hole for opening goal

Marchand made it 2-0 at 4:51 of the third with a goal off his own rebound after a cross-ice pass by Connor Clifton. 
Marchand shook his head between shots.

"I've had a few looks from that spot where [Bobrovsky] continues to come across with that glove up in the air and [ends up] catching them," Marchand said. "You know, he made an incredible save on that first one. So it was more of just the fact that I was shaking my head at how nice of a save that was." 

Seth Jones cut it to 2-1 with a shot from the right corner off Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk's stick at 10:33. The goal was originally waved off, but the call on the ice was overturned upon video review.

Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm5: Jones banks puck in off defender

"Just trying to throw it in the paint, to be honest," Jones said. "I saw some bodies and sticks. Just try to throw it in there, try to create something."

Pastrnak answered at 11:16 to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead. He kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and beat Bobrovsky short side from the left circle.

Video: CBJ@BOS, Gm5: Pastrnak wires a wrister past Bobrovsky

Ryan Dzingel cut it to 3-2 at 12:07.

Dean Kukan tied it 3-3 at 13:58 with a one-timer from the high slot, Columbus' third goal in 3:25.

"It's huge," Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 33 saves, said of the victory. "It's a best-out-of-3 there, so you want to take care of business at home like we did today. But a great game. They're a great team too. They don't quit. You give them a little life, they're going to take it."


They said it 

"It's frustrating. We should still be playing hockey right now. We should be in OT and who knows what happens there. It's frustrating, but we're going to park this, get ready for Game 6, hopefully go home and do our job and come right back here." -- Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene 

"Just play smart hockey, play our style of hockey for a full 60 minutes, we should be fine. We're excited about the energy in the building and the way the environment and our fans are going to react for us in Game 6." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones

"It was great. We've been waiting for that for a while. … He put a lot of onus to get himself out of the funk, and we need him to win hockey games and that showed tonight. If we can get that consistency factor out of him, we're a scary team." -- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug on forward David Pastrnak  


Need to know

Columbus is 0-3 in Game 5 of best-of-7 series that were tied 2-2. … This was the second time Boston won a Stanley Cup Playoff game in regulation after blowing a third-period, multigoal lead. The first was a 4-2 victory in Game 3 of the 1989 Adams Division Semifinals at the Buffalo Sabres. … Krejci scored his 35th playoff goal, passing Ken Hodge and Don Marcotte for eighth in Boston history. … Columbus defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov made his NHL debut and was minus-1 with a shot, hit and blocked shot in 14:17. The Blue Jackets played with seven defensemen and 11 forwards; rookie forward Alexandre Texier was scratched. … Bruins forward Noel Acciari missed his first game of the series with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Chris Wagner.


What's next

Game 6 of Eastern Conference Second Round at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

Video: Bruins stave off Blue Jackets, 4-3, in Game 5

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