Bru­ins win over Colum­bus 3-2 OT

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Jimmy GOLEN

BOS­TON — Charlie Coyle tied it in the fi­nal five min­utes of reg­u­la­tion and scored again with 5:15 gone in over­time on Thurs­day night to lead the Bos­ton Bru­ins to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets in Game 1 of their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series.

Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Bos­ton, which took a 1-0 lead on Noel Ac­ciari’s short-handed goal in the first pe­riod, but then fell be­hind in the third af­ter Bran­don Du­bin­sky and Pier­reLuc Dubois scored in a span of 13 sec­onds.

Coyle tied it when he one-timed a back­handed cen­tring pass from Mar­cus Jo­hans­son into the net with 4:35 left to force over­time. He ended it in the ex­tra pe­riod by de­flect­ing a shot from Jo­hans­son into the net.

Sergei Bo­brovsky made 34 saves for the Blue Jack­ets, who swept the Pres­i­dents Tro­phy-win­ning Tampa Bay Light­ning in the first round. Game 2 is Satur­day night in Bos­ton be­fore the best-of-seven series moves to Colum­bus for Games 3 and 4.

The Blue Jack­ets were the last team to qual­ify for the NHL play­offs, then they knocked out the Light­ning in four games for their first-ever play­off series vic­tory. While Colum­bus waited more than a week for an op­po­nent, Bos­ton tan­gled with Toronto for seven games be­fore fi­nally ad­vanc­ing on Tues­day night.

But the Bru­ins didn’t seem tired, out­shoot­ing Colum­bus 12-1 early in the game and scor­ing short­handed mid­way through the first af­ter Coyle was sent off for hook­ing. Ac­ciari brought the puck into the zone with Joakim Nord­strom wait­ing for the cen­tring pass, but Ac­ciari snapped off a wrist shot that beat Bo­brovsky on the stick side.

It re­mained 1-0 un­til Nash forced Coyle’s turnover at the blue line and then de­flected a shot from Seth Jones into Du­bin­sky and past Rask to tie the score with 12:21 left in reg­u­la­tion. The Blue Jack­ets were right back at it af­ter the face­off, bring­ing the puck the length of the ice from be­hind their own net be­fore Artemi Pa­narin’s slap shot de­flected off the back of Dubois’ leg and into the net.

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Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets goal­tender Sergei Bo­brovsky (72) makes a save on a shot by Bos­ton Bru­ins left winger Brad Marc­hand dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Game 1 of an NHL hockey sec­ond-round play­off series on Thurs­day in Bos­ton.

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