BOSTON David Pastrnak took control of the game, and then took over the postgame news conference from his linemate Brad Marchand.
After scoring twice for the Boston Bruins on Saturday, including the tiebreaking goal with 1 minutes 28 left in the third period, Pastrnak noticed that Marchand, known as a Little Ball of Hate, was a little touchy about the questions surrounding their lines lack of production earlier in the playoffs.
Ill take this, Pastrnak said with a smile. Marchys a bit crispy tonight.
One game after the Bruins top line combined for five points, Pastrnak, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored three goals and totaled six points in a 4-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets that gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Pastrnak flipped a cross-ice pass from Marchand into the goal to cap a wild third period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots for the Bruins. Marchand had a goal and two assists, and David Krejci also scored for Boston.
Theyre dominant when theyre on, Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy said of his top line. And when theyre feeling it, its a tall task for the other team.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who need a win in Game 6 on Monday night back in Columbus to force the series back to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday. The winner will advance to the conference finals to face the Carolina Hurricanes, who swept the Islanders.
Things happen for a reason; I truly believe that, Blue Jackets Coach John Tortorella said. Well be back here for Game 7.
The Bruins led by 1-0 after one period and took a 2-0 lead early in the third when Connor Cliftons crossing pass came through the crease to Marchand and he one-timed it toward the upper right corner. Bobrovsky stretched out his glove to block it, but the effort caused him to fall forward onto the ice.
Before he could right himself, Marchand had corralled the rebound and shot again at the same spot this time finding the net.
Then the scoring opened up. With about 10 minutes left, Jones flipped the puck toward the crease and it deflected off Matt Grzelcyks stick and Rasks pads to sneak inside the post. It took more than three minutes to review and no view of the puck crossing the line was shown to the TD Garden crowd but the goal was confirmed.
Just 43 seconds later, Pastrnak wristed the puck in from the left circle to restore Bostons two-goal lead. Fifty-one seconds after that, the Blue Jackets cut the deficit to 3-2 on Ryan Dzingels goal. Less than two minutes after that, they tied it on a slap shot from the high slot by Dean Kukan.
But Pastrnak helped Boston avoid overtime when he flipped a cross-ice pass from Marchand into the goal.