The Columbus Blue Jackets were awarded a penalty shot in the first period of Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins after Boone Jenner was tripped by Brad Marchand on a short-handed breakaway. Bergeron uncorked a wrister that beat Bobrovsky over his left shoulder, making it 2-0 Bruins at 7:18.
"He's played that well", Columbus coach John Tortorella said.
All three of the games in the series have been decided by one goal. The Blue Jackets swept the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round by similarly shutting down Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.
"We just need to take a deep breath, kind of regroup, maybe watch the mistakes that we made and go from there", defenseman Brandon Carlo said. The Blue Jackets Have Won 13-of-15 Games Dating Back to March 24th.
"Quite honestly, I didn't think", Bobrovsky said. "It is a huge win for us". All three games have been decided by a single goal, but each team had only one game played within one goal in the first round.The Bruins officially outshot the Blue Jackets 105-97 through three games but have 49 more total shot attempts than Columbus thus far. The Blue Jackets continue to do a good job containing Boston's star trio of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Bergeron - who have a combined one point in the series.
This postseason, Bobrovsky - and the Blue Jackets - are changing the narrative.
"It's the series, man", Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said, "It's 2-2, and this is what we thought it was going to be, so I'm not too concerned".
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Boston's power play had continued to have issues despite that early power-play goal in the first period.
Boston had a power-play chance with just under nine minutes left in the game, but a Patrice Bergeron tripping call 17 seconds later negated the edge.
Couture sent a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer just 65 seconds after Matt Nieto tied the score. A frustrating paucity of goals, only two in the last five periods of regulation and two overtimes.
The sequence that bothered me the most was Duchene's goal in Game 3.
That forced him to step in front of reporters between games in this second-round series and face another round of loaded questions about his ability to straddle the line between agitator and aggravator.
"So, hopefully I find myself on top of that [blue] paint for extended periods of times with little black pucks flying by me, try to get tips and rebounds and screens", added Backes.