Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…
B’s clinch home ice: With Boston’s convincing 6-2 road win over the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs’ 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes later that night, the Bruins have officially locked up second place in the Atlantic Division — securing home ice for the B’s in their first-round playoff matchup against Toronto. Same as last year, Boston will open the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a pair of games at TD Garden, while a potential Game 7 will also take place on Causeway Street. So far this season, Boston is 29-8-3 at the Garden.
With home ice now clinched, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if Bruce Cassidy opts to a rest a couple of skaters over Boston’s final two games against the Wild and Lightning. Quite a few Bruins already suffered their fair share of bumps and bruises during Tuesday’s win — with Patrice Bergeron hurting after taking a puck off the lower leg and both Torey Krug and Marcus Johansson leaving for a brief period after getting knocked around.
Bruins start strong, don’t let up: After relinquishing 18 goals over their last four games, the Bruins put together a much-needed strong start on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets — with Jake DeBrusk and Marcus Johansson both lighting the lamp and Tuukka Rask keeping Columbus subdued down the other end of the ice in the first period.
Rather than an expected push by Columbus in the second stanza, Boston prevented the Jackets from landing a shot on goal for over 18 minutes of action, while another pair of goals gave Boston a lead that it would not relinquish. With the regular season set to wrap up in four days, this is exactly the kind of result you want to see out of the Bruins, especially with Rask getting back on track and strong showings from both the Krejci Line (seven points) and the Coyle Line (three points).