The final score might say otherwise, but man, did the Bruins get bailed out by Tuukka Rask in net tonight. Even with a pair of tallies on the Bruins' power play, multiple fumbles with the biscuit were part of a frustrating night in the O-zone for the Bruins — who relinquished five shots on goal and two high-danger chances during 10:11 of 5v4 TOI.
Still, with Rask keeping the Blue Jackets at bay and Boston's penalty kill negating all four of Columbus' stints on the man advantage, Boston was eventually able to get its punches to land against Sergei Bobrovsky. It wasn't a perfect night for Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand — but three total goals and five combined points is much, much better than what Boston has seen so far this series from its big guns.
Thanks to Rask's 39-save outing, the Bruins now have home-ice advantage once again, with Boston looking to break a 2-2 series deadlock on Saturday in Game 5 at TD Garden.