The Boston Bruins ended their six-game road trip Saturday night with a hectic back-and-forth affair against the Blue Jackets, but despite Columbus’ late-game heroics, Boston was still able to pick up the full two points via a shootout.
Boston got on the board first midway through the first period, as Brad Marchand pulled off some shifty moves at the point before firing one that was deflected in by Patrice Bergeron past a screened Elvis Merzlikins.
Gustav Nyquist responded with three minutes left in the first though, as he roofed one past Jeremy Swayman to tie it at 1. Vladislav Gavrikov then gave Columbus the lead two minutes later, picking up a loose rebound to make it 2-1.
Erik Haula would knot it up at 2 two minutes into the second period, wristering one past Merzlikins at the left faceoff dot on a 2-on-1. But, with five and a half minutes left in the second, the Jackets gained the lead right back with a power-play goal as Zach Werenski ripped one past Swayman at the top of the circle to take the 3-2 lead.
It was tied up yet again five minutes into the third though, as Craig Smith one-timed Nick Foligno’s 2-on-0 pass past Merzlikins to make it 3-3. Boston then took the 4-3 lead on the power play with five minutes left in regulation, as Bergeron collected a loose rebound following Taylor Hall’s attempted tap-in on David Pastrnak’s pass.
It seemed as if the Bruins had it in the bag, but with 13 seconds left, the Jackets won the center-ice faceoff and quickly entered Boston’s zone. With three seconds left in the game — following several dramatic saves from Swayman — the puck found the stick of Jakub Voracek at the point, who fired it past Swayman to tie it up at 4-4.
Boston would still earn the full pair of points though despite Columbus’ late heroics, as after a scoreless overtime, Pastrnak was able to get one past Merzlikins following a couple of shifty moves in Round 3 of the shootout, before Swayman stopped Voracek to capture the win.
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