2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

BSJ Playoffs Report: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 0 – Rask, Bruins advance to conference finals

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-0 series-clinching win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Rask saves his best for last: So much for a Game 7 in Boston for the Columbus Blue Jackets. And as for that talk about the Blue Jackets’ “denting” Tuukka Rask — well ... the B’s netminder was spectacular on Monday night, turning aside all 39 shots that came his way en route to a 3-0  victory for the Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was Rask’s first shutout in the postseason since May 8, 2014, helping Boston best the Blue Jackets and advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013. Along with turning aside all 12 high-danger scoring chances that a desperate Jackets club generated on Monday, Rask’s high-danger save percentage is now up to a stellar .905 — tops for any goalie remaining in the postseason. He may catch a ton of flak, but there’s no doubting that Rask is locked in at just the right time for the Bruins — and is the biggest reason why the Bruins are through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, the Bruins are just four wins away from the Stanley Cup Final. Next up, the Carolina Hurricanes.

B’s dodge bullet with Charlie McAvoy: After getting a goal from Sean Kuraly overturned upon review in the first period, the Bruins ended up getting bailed out by the league after Charlie McAvoy dropped Josh Anderson with a hit to the head. The optics certainly didn’t look good, as McAvoy was eventually whistled for an illegal check to the head, putting him in the sin bin for … two minutes.