2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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.

The main source of Cassidy’s relief? The man that the Blue Jackets had supposedly “dented” in the closing minutes of Game 5.