By: Jeremy Perrigo
The Blue Jackets hosted the Bruins Monday night after splitting back to back games over the weekend, defeating Winnipeg at home 2-1 in overtime before traveling to St. Louis to drop a 4-1 decision to the Blues. Columbus was looking to leave home on a high note before traveling to Florida to take on the Panthers and Lightning later in the week. Boston lost 2-1 in overtime at home on Saturday night to Los Angeles, and looked to take two points out of Columbus before heading back home to take on the Golden Knights Thursday.
Columbus came out quick to start the game, scoring only 1:59 into the period off a shot from defenseman David Savard at the top of the right circle to beat a screened Tuukka Rask.
Boston would continue to hand opportunities to the Blue Jackets in the first half of the period with back-to-back power plays when Frank Vatrano and then Torey Krug took high-sticking and holding calls respectively.
With strong penalty killing the Bruins were able to keep the deficit to one. They then received a power play in their favor, off a cross-check from Pierre-Luc Dubois, that was nullified less than a minute in when Brad Marchand was sent to the box for slashing.
In the dying minutes of the period Boone Jenner rang a puck off Rask’s blocker-side post, from nearly the same spot where the Bruin netminder was beaten early on.
Jenner would keep coming, and with 2:52 left in the opening frame he shoveled a puck past the left foot of Rask to put the Blue Jackets up 2-0.
Columbus outshot Boston 11-6 in the period, the Bruins won 52.9% of faceoffs.
Only 40 seconds into the second period, Josh Anderson, who had the Blue Jackets’ OT winner against Winnipeg on Friday, dropped the gloves with Zdeno Chara. While both players landed punches, it was the Bruins’ big man who took down the Columbus youngster. The two are 17 years apart, with Chara at age 40 and Anderson at 23.
Despite noticeably stronger play to start the period for Boston, Columbus would continue to pad their lead. Forward Tyler Motte, who was called up earlier in the day, received a stretch pass through the neutral zone from defenseman Markus Nutivaara to fly the Bruins' end on a breakaway and beat Rask five-hole.
Boston would get on the board on the power play resulting from a Brandon Dubinsky tripping call. With 4:23 left in the period, Patrice Bergeron one-timed a pass from Danton Heinen between the top of the two circles to beat Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Bruins finished the period with energy, despite scoring only one goal in the 20 minutes, they outshot Columbus 12-10, a noticeable improvement from the first frame.
Paul Postma was sent down the tunnel five minutes into the period after running into end boards in a collision with forward Markus Hannikainen coming in from behind.
At 8:04 Matt Calvert was sent off for a double-minor high-sticking call on Sean Kuraly. Just over a minute into the extended power play Brad Marchand was sent to the box for his second of the night, a tripping call. During the ensuing 4-on-4 Kevin Miller slid a pass out of the right corner and found Torey Krug in front of the net to put the B’s within one 10:26 into the period.
As the Marchand penalty expired the Bruins went back on the power play. Fresh out of the box, Marchand caught a pass from Bergeron at the top of the left circle and fired a wrist shot past Bobrovsky to tie the game with 8:13 left in the third period.
The third ended with the same score each team taking nine shots in the period.
The Bruins and Blue Jackets traded chances in overtime with Brandon Carlo laying down on a two-on-one to prevent a goal. Artemi Panarin was buzzing the Bruins end, controlling the play along with captain Nick Foligno.
Wennberg - stopped
Agostino - stopped on first career attempt
Panarin - scores low glove-side
Marchand -stopped on a deke left-to-right blocker side
Bjorkstrand - scores low blocker side
Final Score: Columbus 4 / Boston 3 (Shootout)
Columbus outshot Boston 32-30 and won the majority of faceoffs in the game at 55.7%. The Bruins were 2/4 on the power play, the Blue Jackets went 0/5.
Next Game: November 2 vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Boston.
Artemi Panarin was the most noticeable player on the ice for the Blue Jackets. He controlled play on the puck five-on-five and on the power play. Panarin capped off an impressive night with an impressive goal in the shootout.
David Pastrnak assisted on all three of the Bruins’ goals. Torey Krug, after taking a bad penalty in the first period, played well the rest of the game, hitting the crossbar on the power play and finally scoring off a pass from Kevan Miller. Jake DeBrusk did not appear on the scoresheet, but his presence was also noted. He moved his feet and stepped up, laying hits. Look for him to build off this energy in Thursday’s game against the Golden Knights.