BOSTON – David Pastrnak scored his second goal in the game with 1:28 left to cap a third wild period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots to help the Boston Beat Bruins Columbus 4-3 Jackets on Saturday night and take 3- 2 leads in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Rask got some help from the job when Matt Duchene stopped trying to close the goal in with less than a minute left and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky away to skate extra. In total, six goals were scored in the third, four in a 3 1/2 minute span and 2-0 Boston turned into a 3-3 kick.
Brad Marchand added a goal and two helped, and David Krejci also scored for Boston.
Bobrovsky made 32 savings for the Blue Jackets, which need to win 6 Monday night Game in Columbus to force the series back to Boston for a seventh definite match on Wednesday.
The winner will progress to the finals of the Eastern Conference to face the Carolina Hurricanes, who swept New York Island in their series.
With Hall of Famer Bobby Orr greeting the team before the match and then watching from a box, the Bruins led 1-0 after one period and was taken 2-0 early in the third when Connor Clifton's cross pass came through The shells were to Marchand and it was timed around the top right corner. Bobrovsky extended his glove to stop it, but the effort made him fall on to the ice.
Before himself himself, Marchand had crowned his rebound and shot it again in the same place – this time he found the net.
That was when the scoring was opened.
With about 10 minutes left, Jones pushed one towards the creature and left Matt Grzelcyk's stick and Rask pads to grab the inside of the post. It took longer than three minutes to review – and there was no sight of the boat crossing the line to the TD Garden crowd – but the aim was confirmed.
Just 43 seconds later, Pastrnak went on to put the pic in from the left circle to restore Boston's lead 2 goal. Twenty-five years later, the Blue Jackets broke to 3-2 on Ryan Dzingel's goal and less than two minutes later he was tied on a slapshot by Dean Kukan's high slot.
But Pastrnak helped Boston avoid overtime when he killed a cross-star of Marchand to the goal for the game winner.
NOTES: Krejci needs five more points in the post-term season to reach 100 in his career. This would be the fifth Bruins player to reach the milestone. … Bruins forward No Crash Noel Acciari with undisclosed injury. It was a game time decision and it was replaced by Chris Wagner. … Columbus was without Riley Nash, who lost Game 4.… Columbus signed a draft of the third round and chose goalkeeper Daniil Tarasov for a three-year entry level contract.
The Blue Jackets return home for Game 6. They are 3-1 there so far in the post-season season. Boston is 3-2 on the road in playoffs 2019.