Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL: Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
The Bruins have won their last two games in this series and can close it out in Columbus in this game with a win. They had only totaled three goals in losing two in a row, but their offense has come alive in the last two wins where they have scored four goals in each game. Boston has won one game on the road in this series and they have won five of their last seven games away from Beantown.
The Blue Jackets have their backs against the wall down 3-2 in this series. However, they are at home and are really playing with house money. They already shocked the NHL world with a sweep in the first round of the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had one of the best regular seasons in the history of the NHL. Columbus has to get back to playing good D to force a Game 7 in this series and in the three losses they have given up 11 goals while in the two wins they only allowed three.
The Blue Jackets had won four straight home games against the Bruins before losing their last game facing them there.
Pastrnak saves the day
In Game 5 of this series in Boston the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 with David Pastrnak scoring with only 1:28 left in the game for the game-winner.
Both teams scored three goals in the 3rd period, were 0/2 on the power play, and each had 36 shots. Pastrnak scored two goals in the game with David Krejci finding the back of the net and Brad Marchandhad a goal and two assists. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in the Game 5 win and he had only allowed three goals in his previous two starts.
Marchand leads the club in points and assists in the playoffs and he had gone scoreless for four straight games before going for a goal and three assists in his last two games. Pastrnak leads the team in the post-season with six goals and he has three goals and an assist in his last two games. Boston has lost seven of their last 10 games as an underdog.
4 yet again
For the 2nd straight game and the 2nd straight loss for the Blue Jackets they gave up four goals in the Game 5 loss. They did score three goals in the 3rd period, but it was not enough and they gave up the game-winner with only 1:28 left in the game. Ryan Dzingel, Seth Jones, and Dean Kukan all scored in the game in the losing effort. Sergei Bobrovsky gave up four goals on 36 shots and after only allowing three goals in two starts in this series he has allowed four in each of his last two starts.
Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Jackets in the playoffs in goals, assists, and points and in his last three games in this series has a goal and an assist. While losing their last game at home Columbus has won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are:
- 8-2 in their last 10 home games
- 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite
- 13-4 in their last 17 overall
The Boston Bruins are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog
- 8-17 in their last 25 Monday games