David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins, with Marcus Johansson and David Backes adding third-period goals to put the game and the series out of reach for the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets outshot the Bruins 39-29 in the game and Boston also gave up four power plays to Columbus. However, Tuukka Rask made 39 saves and recorded his sixth career playoff shutout for the Bruins.
Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 26 saves.
It could now be a difficult offseason for the Blue Jackets, with Bobrovsky and star forward Artemi Panarin being unrestricted free agents, as are Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, both of whom were picked up in trades at the deadline.
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David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins, including the match winning goal with 1:28 left.
Six goals were scored in the third period, including four during in 3 1/2-minutes as the Blue Jackets rallied from 2-0 down to draw level at 3-3.
David Krejci opened the scoring for Boston, with Brad Marchand adding a second goal and providing two assists. Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots for the Bruins.
The Bruins top line of Pastrnak, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combined to score three goals and totaled six points on Saturday night, having recorded five points between them in Game 4.
Seth Jones,Ryan Dzingel and Dean Kukan scored for Columbus, with Sergei Bobrovsky making 32 saves.
Game 6 is on Monday night back in Columbus.
Game 5 Update – The Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night to even their NBA Playoff 2nd Round series at two games apiece.
Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist and Sean Kuraly also scored for the Bruins. Columbus gave away six power plays and Boston scored on two of them. Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots.
Artemi Panarin scored a controversial goal for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky had 41 saves, although he did allow two goals on long shots by Pastrnak and Bergeron in the first period.
The best-of-seven series now moves to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday night.
Game 4 Update – The Columbus Blue Jackets had a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night to give them a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The victory stretched the Columbus run to 13 wins in 15 games dating back to March 24.
Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, who had to withstand a late rally from the Bruins. Sergei Bobrovsky made some big saves in his 36 stops for Columbus.
Jake DeBrusk got the only goal for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask had 32 saves for Boston.
Game 4 is on Thursday night in Columbus.
Game 3 Update – A Matt Duchene goal at 3:42 of the second overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 early Sunday morning to tie the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.
Columbus won despite twice being behind, with Artemi Panarin scoring two goals and providing an assist on the game-winner for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, 10 of which kept the Bruins at bay in first overtime.
Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, while Tuukka Rask made 36 saves.
Games 3 and 4 are in Columbus Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Game 2 Update – Boston Bruins had a 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night.
Charlie Coyle scored the goal to tie things up for the Bruins at the end of regulation, then added a second to win it in overtime.
Boston had taken the lead on Noel Acciari’s ‘s short-handed goal in the first period, but fell behind in the third when the Blue Jackets scored twice in 13 seconds through Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston and Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston.
The Boston Bruins meet the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 2 playoff action in the Eastern Conference, with the Bruins having home-ice advantage in this series and throughout however much longer they stay in the playoffs.
The Bruins came through a predictably tough series in the first round, where they were taken to the wire before beating the Toronto Maple Leafs by 4 games to 3.
For their part, the Blue Jackets produced a massive upset in eliminating the Stanley Cup favourites and dominant force of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning. They didn’t just beat the Lightning, but routed them 4-0.
It’s also worth noting that the Blue Jackets not only won the first two games on the road in Tampa Bay in Round 1, but that their 25 road wins in the regular season was the second-highest total in the league behind the Lightning.
The Bruins and the Blue Jackets met three times in the regular season, with Boston winning twice.
In terms of first round records for the goaltenders, Tuukka Rask has given up 16 goals on 223 shots faced for the Bruins, while Sergei Bobrovsky has given up eight goals on 117 shots faced for the Blue Jackets.
Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Lines & Pick
There are, at the time of writing, no lines currently available as to who will win the series.
Any predictions clearly have to take account of the fact that the Blue Jackets have had over a week’s rest prior to facing the Bruins, whereas Boston come into this round after just a day’s rest from a series that pushed them all the way.
The Blue Jackets will also certainly not be lacking in confidence following their beating of the Lightning.
The Bruins are the new overall favourites for the Stanley Cup and are the tips to win this series. A 4-1 win for the Bruins could be available at attractive betting odds.
Pick: Series Score – Boston Bruins 4-1