For 48:58 of game action on Monday night, Bruce Cassidy had every reason to pace on the bench.
The Bruins entered Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal with the safety blanket provided by a 3-2 series lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but that didn’t make Cassidy’s gig any easier. After all, the margins that determine a win and a loss in the postseason are awfully slim.
Before Marcus Johansson fired in a puck that ricocheted off of Sergei Bobrovsky and tumbled into the Blue Jackets’ net at 8:58 in the final stanza, the Bruins were either knotted in a scoreless deadlock or clinging to a one-goal lead at Nationwide Arena — with David Krejci putting the B’s on the board at 12:13 in the second.
It was par for the course this series, with four of the six meetings between the Bruins and Jackets decided by a single goal. And yet, even with the B’s holding on to such a slim lead for most of the evening, Cassidy wasn’t fretting about his club’s situation.