BSJ Game Report: Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4 — D corps bottoms out, B’s rally falls short against Columbus

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 7-4 loss against the Blue Jackets in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…



Too little, too late: Even though Boston once again made things interesting — scoring three goals in under six minutes to cut into a four-goal deficit in the second period — it seems unlikely that Bruce Cassidy and his staff will be focusing on the positives out of a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets. The result stands as Boston’s second straight loss in regulation — the first time that’s happened to the Bruins since the Dec. 23 (@ Carolina) and Dec. 27 (vs. New Jersey).

Tuning out good nights on the stat sheet for players like Patrice Bergeron (one goal, one assist) and Brad Marchand (two goals, one assist), Boston was handed one hell of a wake-up call — with Tuukka Rask hung out to dry for most of the night due to a brutal defensive effort that often found Columbus skaters unchecked and skating freely in danger areas of the ice.

Boston is still missing a slew of players in the team’s top-six, but that shouldn’t be any excuse for such a brutal outing from the D corps — even if both Matt Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller are still on the mend.

Tuukka Rask pulled: Rask wasn’t at his best on Tuesday — as evidenced by Ryan Dzingel’s tally at 14:18 of the first that bounced behind the B’s netminder to give Columbus a 2-1 lead at the time. But a porous defensive structure in front of him didn’t do him any favors, as open ice in Grade-A areas came easy for the Blue Jackets for most of the first half of Tuesday’s matchup.

Once Boone Jenner knocked home his second goal of the night (off a tip-in from the crease) at 8:09 of the second, Bruce Cassidy had enough — pulling Rask in favor of Jaroslav Halak.

Entering Tuesday night without a regulation loss since all the way back on Dec. 29, this was actually the second time since the start of the new year that Rask relinquished at least five goals — but he emerged as the victor during that last matchup against the San Jose Sharks back on Feb. 18. Not so fortunate tonight.