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Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets defeat Bruins in shootout

Goalie makes 27 saves, stops two in tiebreaker to lift Columbus to win

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS - Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout to help the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the shootout for Columbus (8-4-0), and Bobrovsky stopped Kenny Agostino and Brad Marchand after the Bruins rallied from down 3-0 in the second period.

Columbus set its record for points in October in its last game of the month, surpassing the record of 15 set in the 2007-08 season (7-3-1).

 

[WATCH: All Bruins vs. Blue Jackets highlights]

 

"We find a way [to win] and play the full 65 and shootout," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

The Bruins (4-3-3) lost their second straight game but have earned at least a point in each of their past five (2-0-3).

"We can't play many games like that or it's going to be a tough year," Marchand said.

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, David Pastrnak had three assists, and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the Bruins.

Boston scored three straight goals, two in a 1:21 span in the third, to tie the game 3-3. Torey Krug made it 3-2 at 10:26 with his second goal before Marchand scored his 200th NHL goal at 11:47.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Bjorkstrand seals SO win for Blue Jackets

David Savard, Boone Jenner and Tyler Motte scored for the Blue Jackets, and Markus Nutivaara had two assists. Savard gave them a 1-0 lead at 1:59 of the first, taking a pass off the wall from Alexander Wennberg.

Jenner, who missed the first seven games with a middle-body injury, made it 2-0 with 2:52 left in the first period.

Motte, playing in place of the injured Cam Atkinson (lower body), scored in his first game with Columbus for a 3-0 lead at 8:27 of the second period. He took a stretch pass from Nutivaara at the blue line, skated in and shot five-hole on Rask for his fifth NHL goal.

"It was a great pass," Motte said. "I'd like to see how far it traveled before it reached my stick."

Motte was acquired by Columbus on June 23 with Panarin in a trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tortorella said Boston's comeback started when Brandon Dubinsky was called for tripping at 14:59 of the second to give the Bruins a power play after the Blue Jackets had them pinned in their own end for more than two minutes.

"Bad penalty. Bad timing," Tortorella said. "That's a tired team on the ice. They iced the puck and they have to stay on the ice. We don't move our legs. You just know you're not going to kill it off. We weren't the same after that."

Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 15:37 of the second period to make it 3-1 and end the Blue Jackets streak of 16 straight penalty kills.

"We have a lot of character in our room and we recognized that wasn't the way we wanted to play," Rask said. "We battled back and still found a way to get a point. That's a big point."

Video: BOS@CBJ: Bobrovsky lays out to rob DeBrusk

 

Goal of the game

Motte's goal at 8:27 of the second period.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Motte beats Rask five-hole on breakaway

 

Save of the game

Rask stopping Panarin on a breakaway at 4-on-4 with 10:30 left in the third period.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Rask turns away Panarin on breakaway

 

Highlight of the game

Marchand's goal at 11:47 of the third period was the 200th of his NHL career.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Marchand pots 200th career goal to even game

 

They said it

"You just can't have those starts. We put ourselves in a bad spot and we fought out of it. That's the positive. I don't like to see a start like that. I take a lot of pride in being ready to go. We corrected it and gave ourselves a chance to get points. We just didn't get it in the shootout." --Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

 

"It was kind of a wakeup call there. We needed a better start and we got a better start there in the first." -- Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman Paul Postma was injured on a hit by Markus Hannikainen at 5:28 of the third period. He played one more shift before leaving the game. ... Boston forward David Krejci missed his fourth straight game because of a back injury. … Columbus went 0-for-5 on the power play. … Blue Jackets forwards Zac Dalpe and Sonny Milano were healthy scratches. Milano leads Columbus with five goals.

 

What's next

Bruins: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, TVAS, NESN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-O, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Blue Jackets squander lead, recover to beat B's in SO

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