2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Final: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 0 — Bruins punch ticket to Eastern Conference Finals

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So, that talk about the Blue Jackets “denting” Tuukka Rask? 

Certainly didn’t seem like it on Monday night, as Rask once again out-dueled Sergei Bobrovsky — stopping 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.

With the win, the Bruins eliminate the Blue Jackets from playoff contention and punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will face off against the Carolina Hurricanes. A starting date for that series has yet to be determined.

While Rask stood tall and a Bruins penalty kill shut down the Blue Jackets’ man advantage four times (and 11 straight chances dating back to the third period of Game 3), David Krejci, David Backes and Marcus Johansson all lit the lamp.

A tight contest for most of the night, the Bruins finally built some breathing room in the third when Johansson and Backes beat Bobrovsky on back-to-back shots at 8:58 and 10:39 respectively.

With at least one second-round series heading to a Game 7 (Dallas / St. Louis), the Bruins will have a few more days to lick their wounds before taking on the Canes in a series that I'm sure no one predicted back in October.

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The Boston Bruins will look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals they take on Columbus in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Follow along for updates from Monday’s game.

WHO:  Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets (Bruins lead, 3-2)

WHEN: 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Nationwide Arena

TV: NBC

RADIO: 98.5-FM The Sports Hub

LIVE BOX SCORE: NHL.com

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