If we’re going to hand out gold stars for Boston’s tenacious performance over the final 20 minutes of Thursday’s Game 4 victory over the Blue Jackets — I can cut this 1,500-word piece of prose down to just two if we want to cut to the chase.
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No question, Rask was the Bruins’ best player on the ice on Thursday, turning aside 39 of the 40 shots that came his way — including all nine SOG generated on 8:00 of 5v4 TOI for Columbus. Clinging to a one-goal lead for most of the night, Rask answered the call over the final 20 minutes of regulation — stopping 13 shots, including four on the Jackets’ lone power play of the stanza — to close out the win and even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
Boston’s netminder might steal most of the headlines, and for good reason — as will Patrice Bergeron’s two-goal effort on what has still been a shaky at best showing from Boston’s top power-play unit.
But on a Bruins team that has won six playoff games off of game-winning goals from six different players, it was yet another win punctuated by contributions off the box score and plenty of in-game shuffling from Boston’s bench boss in Bruce Cassidy.
Here’s a look at a couple of unsung heroes and under-the-radar moves from Boston that helped the B’s put a cork in that blasted cannon at Nationwide Arena.