COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Boston Bruins bought some much-needed manufacturing from their prime line in a Four-1 win in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday evening that evened their Eastern Conference semifinal collection at two video games apiece.
Patrice Bergeron had two targets, David Pastrnak had a objective and an help, and Brad Marchand had an help for the Bruins, who had misplaced the earlier two video games in the Eastern Conference semifinal collection, which can transfer again to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday.
Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand, had mixed for 260 factors in the common season however had been neutralized by Columbus by means of the first three video games of the collection. Their solely level had been a objective by Pastrnak in Game 2 that was a deflection off his skate.
“If you break down the chances we’ve had game to game, we are getting five, six opportunities every game,” mentioned Marchand, who additionally was whistled for 3 penalties in Game Four. “It’s only a matter of time before these guys score goals.”
Sean Kuraly — who grew up in suburban Columbus — additionally scored, and Tuukka Rask stopped 39 pictures.
Artemi Panarin scored for the Blue Jackets on a controversial play, and Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been spectacular in the postseason, made 41 saves however was overwhelmed on lengthy pictures by Pastrnak and Bergeron in the first interval.
“It’s the series, man,” the Columbus captain, Nick Foligno, mentioned. “It’s 2-2, and this is what we thought it was going to be, so I’m not too concerned.”
Early in the first interval, Pastrnak was flattened by an enormous hit from Columbus defenseman Adam Clendening. Around 25 seconds later, Pastrnak rifled a shot previous Bobrovsky from the left circle to get the Bruins on the board.
Boston made it 2-Zero on Bergeron’s snap shot from the slot at 7 minutes 18 seconds of the interval.
Columbus then benefited from a blown name. After the puck appeared to enter the netting and again onto the ice behind Boston’s objective, Panarin ended up with it and poked it in from shut vary. The Bruins protested, however the play was not topic to evaluation as a result of the participant who scored the objective was not the first to own the puck off the internet.
After a scoreless second interval, Kuraly put again a rebound off the finish board at eight:40 into the third. Bergeron picked up his second objective off a rebound with two and a half minutes left in the sport.