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Bruins rely on stars to beat Jackets, even series
Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
- The Bruins evened this series at two games apiece thanks to a 4-1 win in Columbus on Thursday. With it, they improved to 4-1 following a loss this postseason. They also improved to 6-0 when scoring at least three goals, compared to their 0-5 record when scoring two or fewer.
- Patrice Bergeron scored twice in the Game 4 win, giving him five goals this postseason, the fourth time he's scored at least five playoff goals. Only three Bruins have more such seasons -- Peter McNab, Rick Middleton and Cam Neely, who all have five.
- Sean Kuraly scored his second goal of the postseason, the third straight year he's reached two playoff goals. He now has six career goals in 23 playoff games, compared to 14 goals in 154 regular-season games.
- Game 4 was the 25th career playoff game for Artemi Panarin, and he recorded his 25th career playoff point (a goal). He's one of six active players with at least 25 career playoff games to average a point per game, a list topped by the Bruins' David Pastrnak (1.14 ppg).
- Boston is 17-16 all-time when tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 series, but 15-8 in those series when they have home ice advantage. They have a 16-17 record in those Game 5s, and are 13-3 when winning Game 5, and 12-2 when winning Game 5 at home.
- Columbus coach John Tortorella is 6-3 in his career when tied 2-2 in a playoff series. He has a 1-2 series record when his team is on the road for Game 5. He's faced the Bruins once before in the playoffs, losing 4-1 with the Rangers in 2013, which ended his tenure as the New York coach.
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After a few cloudy nights, the Boston Bruins' stars shined in Game 4.
Reunited on the No. 1 line, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for five points Thursday night as the Bruins won 4-1 in Columbus to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Saturday in Boston.
Bergeron scored twice, Pastrnak added a goal and an assist and Marchand had an assist in the victory.
"I don't think any team wins without their best players being their best players," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We can survive for a while. So far in this series we had."
The trio combined for 260 points in the regular season, but had been held to one point -- a Pastrnak goal in Game 2 -- in the first three games of the series, and Pastrnak had been dropped to the second and then third line in an effort to provide more balance throughout the lineup.
"If you break down the chances we've had game to game, we are getting five, six opportunities every game," Marchand said. "It's only a matter of time before these guys score goals. You give them that many opportunities every game, they are going to score. They are that good. There is no panic."
Both of Bergeron's goals came with a man advantage.
"Their top guys score some goals on the power play, we gave them a chance to get going now by just sitting in that box too much," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "That's the hard part of this game."
Goaltender Tuukka Rask also came up big for the Bruins by stopping 39 shots -- including a penalty shot in the first period to keep the Blue Jackets from tying the score.
Bergeron scored 26 seconds later to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
"Goalies get hot this time of year. Tuukka played great. We'd love him to stay hot, but to rely on your goalie to win games for you is bad form," Cassidy said. "He certainly did his part ... but (in) general you need your top guys going."
The lone goal the Blue Jackets scored was a controversial one, as replays showed a deflected shot went off the protective netting above the glass and came back onto the ice, with Oliver Bjorkstrand feeding Artemi Panarin to make it 2-1 midway through the first period.
"It's easy to lose your composure when something like that happens, something out of (your) control," Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. "Credit to us to staying with it, realizing there's still a lot of hockey to be played."
Overall, Tortorella and Blue Jackets players seemed happy with how they're playing entering Game 5.
"It's the series, man," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "It's 2-2, and this is what we thought it was going to be, so I'm not too concerned. We obviously need to tighten up in certain areas, make sure our (penalty) kill is a little bit better."
Added defenseman Seth Jones: "Obviously, it stings right now, but it's a series for a reason. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy series against a team that has been there and done that. Game 5 is obviously a pretty big one."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 4, 2019