Rask bails out B’s: Needed Tuukka Rask to finally steal a game? Here you go. Being frank, Rask has been money most of this postseason, with the netminder equalling his opponent in Sergei Bobrovsky with a .933 save percentage through 11 playoff matchups. But on Thursday, Rask stood tall when so many facets of Boston’s game faltered once again on the road. While Boston top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak finally broke through with three goals — it was still a pretty ugly game from Boston in the O-zone. Marchand was whistled for three separate minor penalties against a red-hot Blue Jackets power play, while Pastrnak struggled on Boston’s top PP unit after coughing up a number of pucks that led to a slew of shorthanded looks for Boone Jenner and the Jackets’ PK unit. Whether it be turning aside a penalty shot from Jenner with Boston clinging to an early 1-0 lead or stopping all nine shots that came his way during four Columbus power plays, Rask was money on Thursday night — and is the main reason why Boston now has home ice back on its side with the series deadlocked a 1-1.
NHL drops the ball, again: I try to not harp too much on officiating in these reports, but man — this fumbling by the on-ice officials and the NHL rulebook as a whole was just laughable. Less than two minutes after Bergeron gave Boston a 2-0 lead