What the Bruins can learn from a gritty Blue Jackets club following another OT loss

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The last time the Bruins and Blue Jackets met at TD Garden, both clubs were embroiled in a pitched war of attrition during the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

That series might have gone to the Bruins in six games, but Boston’s road through the Eastern Conference was far from easy — especially against a Blue Jackets club showcasing both skill and the grit and tenacity that have long been hallmarks of a John Tortorella team. Of those six games, four were decided by a single goal. Two matchups needed overtime to determine a victor.

A little over seven months later, the stakes were much lower in Thursday’s rematch on Causeway Street. But the contest followed the same ol' script when it came to the product that Columbus put out on the ice in what was an eventual 2-1 OT win for the visitors.

Columbus is at its best when it's suffocating its opponents with a heavy, frantic forecheck and eating up pucks down the other end of the ice. Thursday night was no different, even if the roster Tortorella rolled out was a far cry from the crew that gave Boston fits last spring.