Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Blue Jackets, Avalanche looking to continue Cinderella stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Blue Jackets, Avalanche looking to continue Cinderella stories

Javier Howell
May 5, 2019

When the Bruins have been able to get to the net, and create secondary shots, Bobrovsky has been there to turn them away. "A lot of calls are missed - that's part of the game".

Well, except for a successful power play. Certainly, the jab to the back of Harrington's head wasn't the right time or place at the end of the third period of a one-goal game with the Bruins trailing, and for that, Marchand needs to be better. Boone Jenner got the puck and had a quasi-breakaway and was tripped up by Brad Marchand in the process, resulting in a penalty shot at 6:52.

That forced him to step in front of reporters between games in this second-round series and face another round of loaded questions about his ability to straddle the line between agitator and aggravator. It's a bit of the story again tonight. Fans all have their opinions and they're entitled to it because they pay a lot of money to watch us play the game. They are that good. We have to go back to being stingier and getting more clears. We have to execute better. Artemi Panarin recorded the Blue Jackets' lone goal.

"He's played that well", Columbus coach John Tortorella said. Still, they will have a fight from the Bruins the rest of the way as Boston is a formidable team. Imagine the Patriots taking their usual high seed into the playoffs and suddenly turning into the Jaguars, or the Steelers, or the Jets, making enough mistakes of their own that the opponent doesn't even have to.

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DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Bruins: Averaging 3.1 goals, 4.7 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a.923 save percentage. Though he did not produce any goals in Game 3, Marchand leads the Bruins (nine points in 10 games) in scoring during the 2019 National Hockey League playoffs.

Who could think in that mess? Despite the goalie's strong play in the playoffs, Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo made a bold prediction that the former Vezina Trophy victor would crack. A win Thursday and the home-ice advantage is back on track. Marchand is on a season-long four-game pointless streak. Rask made a nice save to keep the B's up one. "We were in attack mode from the get-go as opposed to weathering the storm".

As you can see here, the Blue Jackets are down low on a Bruins power play, not allowing a bumper to skate in and move the puck through the area.

"We're going to have to figure something out as a group", Cassidy said after the loss.