The Bruins (18-14-4) faced a strong Blue Jackets (23-5-4) last night. The Blue Jackets are riding a 12-game winning streak and looked to make it 13 straight. The Blue Jackets began the game strong, capitalizing on some loose defensive zone coverage, and Scott Hartnell found the twine 3:02 into the 1st. The Bruins were reeling, caught in the defensive zone, and the Jackets poured it on. Seth Jones took a gorgeous one timer that beat Rask and put the Jackets up 2-0 8:47 into the 1st. The Jackets continued the pressure, and hope was fading for the Bruins. Matt Calvert struck and the Jackets drew blood yet again, this time only 53 seconds later. 3-0 Columbus before the halfway point of the 1st, and I needed another beer.
Luckily the Bruins proved to be more resilient than I had given them credit. David Backes handled a sweet feed from David Krejci and went top shelf to put the Bruins on the board. His tally was probably the best looking goal Backes has had as a Bruin so far. The Bruins seemed to figure it out and continued their pressure, and Austin Czarnik banked a rebound in behind Sergei Bobrovsky to put the Bruins within one. The Bruins scored twice in 55 seconds. The first expired with the Bruins having a surprising 13-8 shot advantage, but trailing 3-2.
THE 2ND PERIOD WAS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE – COULD THEY CONTINUE THE COMEBACK, OR WOULD THE JACKETS REGAIN CONTROL OF THE GAME?
The Bruins looked to continue the resurgence after being made a joke of in the first half of the 1st. The Krejci line continued their dominance and David Backes’ physical play opened up a lot of space. With 1:34 remaining in the 2nd, David Krejci fired home a rebound off of Spooner’s wrist shot that went right under the bar to tie the game up at 3. The Bruins tallied an impressive 31 shots throughout the first two period to Columbus’ 16. The Bruins had pulled off the improbable, but the question was – will they come back completely and gain the lead in the 3rd?
The short answer – no. The Blue Jackets took advantage of a Colin Miller cross-checking penalty and went up 4-3 in the 3rd with 9:10 remaining in the 3rd period. Tuukka Rask gave a little bit of space off of the post, and Foligno took advantage of the space to put Columbus up 4-3. The clock quickly became the Bruins enemy. The Bruins were given a chance to even it up with a power-play goal of their own when Jones was assessed a cross-checking penalty, but they were unable to convert. The Columbus Blue Jackets were able to hold on and win their 13th straight win. The Bruins ended up out-shooting the Blue Jackets 40-22 but lose 4-3.