Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Atkinson and the Blue Jackets host Boston with 2-1 series lead

Atkinson and the Blue Jackets host Boston with 2-1 series lead

With Columbus holding on to a two-goal lead late in the second period, Boston's Brad Marchand snapped a shot from the top of the left circle.

We'll see if Marchand will be more cautious when the Bruins and Blue Jackets collide for Game 4 on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. Those mistakes did not cost Boston this time. With the very real potential of falling behind 3-1 and heading back to Boston on the brink of elimination, should Marchand or any Bruin be part of that part of playoff hockey? Perhaps there's an explanation for Marchand's frustration as he's been held off the scoresheet throughout the series. That assist, however, helped set up the heroes.

Then Bergeron added a goal on the power play, finally giving the Bruins some life on special teams. That oft-criticized line showed up on the road at the right time.

"The ones that, call them away from the play, maybe - we've got to talk to him about those". That's just the way it is.

Can Marchand get back to the player and leader he was during the regular season in Game 4 and going forward in this series? Yet the headlines have centered around his penalties in the series. Some people praised his actions while others believed that he should have gotten a multi-game suspension.

Rask has stopped 70 of 75 shots on goal in two consecutive losses. Boston killed both penalties, and Rask finished with 39 saves.

"There is no panic regardless of the outside attention from the media", he said.

"I thought we stayed together in the third period", Bobrovsky said. We don't expect to score every goal.

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Hill was aggressive attacking off the dribble and filling some of the space Eric Bledsoe couldn't fill in this game. A combined 35 points on 14-23 shooting and 6-12 from deep isn't something that Boston could have planned for.

Marchand was not penalized on the play, and the National Hockey League determined there would be no supplemental discipline. He wore the heel label for two games in Columbus.

If they keep losing the special teams battle like they did again Tuesday, the chances of extending this series - and their season - beyond the weekend could be slim.

In last year's postseason, Marchand got creative with his antics by licking opposing players. The penalties suggest there is still room to improve. The split second screen by Matt Duchene was just enough to delay Rask and Panarin went on to tie the game.

Harrington was not injured on the play and Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella refused to comment on Marchand's actions post-game. "I just felt once we got going, we'd take another penalty".

Marchand isn't likely to get much benefit of the doubt at this stage - not from referees Chris Rooney and Gord Dwyer in Game 4, and not from the NHL's department of player safety should he cross the line in more egregious fashion than he did with the Harrington jab. As always, you can hear the call of the game with Judd Sirott and Bob Beers right here on 98.5 The Sports Hub, 985TheSportsHub.com, and the Sports Hub App. Sean Kuraly put the first insurance goal on the board when he established position in front of the net and put home a Zdeno Chara shot that bounced off the boards behind the net.

His teammates won't be surprised by that, either. The 30-year-old winger took his frustration to a new level in Game 3.

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