Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 5, with BSJ insight and analysis:
A wild third period ...: Well, that escalated quickly. Holding on to a pair of two-goal leads in the third period — and at one point outshooting the Blue Jackets, 10-1, in the stanza — the Bruins let a couple of bad bounces and sluggish D-zone reps derail what seemed like a by-the-numbers, hard-earned win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Columbus’ rally started at 10:33 in the third, when a puck fired in by Seth Jones deflected off of Matt Grzelcyk’s stick and sneaked past Tuukka Rask to cut what was a 2-0 B’s lead in half. David Pastrnak’s first tally of the night just 43 seconds later gave Boston some much-needed breathing room, but John Tortorella’s club did not roll over, as Ryan Dzingel and Dean Kukan lit the lamp at 12:07 and 13:58, respectively, to cap off a three-goal barrage that was concluded in just 3:36 of ice time.
Whether it be deflections off of Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo’s skates— or Zdeno Chara getting pushed around by 5-foot-11 Matt Duchene in the seconds leading to Dzingel’s tally — the Bruins let things unravel in devastating fashion during a pivotal Game 5 on home ice.
… Is saved by the Bergeron Line: Reports of the Bergeron Line’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. After getting on the board with a 5v5 goal and a pair of power-play tallies by Bergeron in Thursday’s Game 4 win, Boston’s top forward trio imposed its will against the Blue Jackets on Saturday — and saved Boston from a crushing loss. An often-maligned Pastrnak provided the heroics — scoring his second goal of the evening with just 1:28 left on the clock to close out a wild third period and put the Blue Jackets on the brink in the best-of-seven series.
But Pastrnak (two goals) was far from the only big gun up front that bombarded the Blue Jackets on Saturday, however. After a line featuring both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were only out on the ice for a 5v5 goal in one of Boston’s first 10 playoff matchups — the duo have accomplished the feat in back-to-back contests in Games 4 and 5.
In total, the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line finished Saturday night with a CF% of 73.33 in 11:30 of 5v5 TOI together, while combining for three goals and six total points on the night. Gonna be hard to beat the Bruins if that line is firing on all cylinders again.