Bruins' top line produces series-tying performance in Columbus

Sergei Bobrovsky makes 35 saves as Blue Jackets beat Bruins to take 2-1 series lead

Well Now The Columbus Blue Jackets Find themselves Up 2-1 in the Series Over the Boston Bruins after a 2-1 Victory in Game Three over the Boston Bruins in the NHL East Semi-Finals. Both teams have taken 20 minutes in penalties but the Blue Jackets have three power-play goals to the Bruins' one.

All Marchand could do was watch as the referee sent Jenner back to the faceoff dot for a chance to even the score, mano a mano, against Tuukka Rask.

Harrington himself called it "a hockey play" and didn't seem to have any issues with the lack of punishment aside from wanting a minor roughing penalty called at the time.

They formed one of the most unsafe lines in hockey during the regular season but have only been part-time partners in these playoffs - with Bergeron having played 66:52 with Danton Heinen at even strength, compared to 58:54 with Pastrnak.

Marchand's most recent suspension was for elbowing his current Bruins teammate Marcus Johansson in the head in January 2018, while Johansson played for the New Jersey Devils.

Moneyline: The Bruins odds have been increased to +105 after being listed at +100 in Game 3.

No doubt, the credit on Tuesday night goes to the Blue Jackets as much as blame goes on the Bruins. During the playoffs, Columbus is 1st in power play conversions at 38.1% and 4th in penalty kill at 87.5%. They were trying to play down low, pushing more pucks in there but I thought we protected the house well, [I] saw every puck.

The Blue Jackets didn't take the deficit lying down, although their first goal did come with significant help.

Boston's power play had continued to have issues despite that early power-play goal in the first period.

Getting to Bobrovsky is a simple game plan, but one the Bruins need to execute better. A frustrating paucity of goals, only two in the last five periods of regulation and two overtimes. Bergeron picked up his second goal off a rebound with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game. That act earned him five games off.

Marchand isn't likely to get much benefit of the doubt at this stage - not from referees Chris Rooney and Gord Dwyer in Game 4, and not from the NHL's department of player safety should he cross the line in more egregious fashion than he did with the Harrington jab. By the time Chara got his stick down and in the way of Duchene's stick, the puck was already in the net.

"You know it's probably not something that I'd go back and do it again", Marchand said Wednesday.



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