The Boston Bruins may not be in a play-in round, but they still played an exhibition game on Thursday. Losing 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins will now have to play against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Round Robin on Sunday. The Bruins will be without Brad Marchand as he exited the game. Here’s a quick recap of everything in the game.
Before the game began, both the Canadian and American national anthems got played. After that, the Bruins, Blue Jackets, and the refs locked around center ice. Nine minutes into the game, Boone Jenner put the Jackets up first 1-0. Jenner scored on a backhand one-timer by Liam Foudy. Later towards the end of the 1st, the Blue Jackets went up 2-0. Zach Werenski fired a slap shot, and it beat Tukka, who looked like he was unprepared for that shot. The Blue Jackets then went on a powerplay, thanks to Brad Marchand’s hooking penalty. The Jackets didn’t take long to respond, as Gustav Nyquist put them up 3-0. With help from Pierre Luc-Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand with the setup, Gustav buried it home past Rask.
In the second period, the Bruins and Blue Jackets switched their goalies. Matiss Kivlenieks took over for Joonas Korpisalo for the Blue Jackets. For the Bruins, Rask went out and in came Jaroslav Halak. The Bruins managed to get a goal in the 2nd period thanks to David Pastrnak. He did a fake slapshot and beat him five-hole. It would be the only type of scoring in that period.
3rd period and overall efforts by Blue Jackets and Bruins
The only goal that came in the 3rd period came from Alexandre Texier‘s empty netter. The main problem came from Brad Marchand being out in the last minutes of the 3rd period. While we may not know what the injury is, it’s going to hurt the Bruins. Marchand had been part of Bruins playoff runs for a long time. Losing him and his skills could result in trouble for the Bruins against the Flyers. For the overall efforts in this game, the Bruins just looked flat out terrible out there. Despite David Pastrnak scoring the only goal, the offense didn’t do much. But I still see the Bruins making a deep playoff run.
For the Blue Jackets, everything looked great. It may not be like the offense that beat the Tampa Bay Lightning a year ago, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The defense played exceptionally well too. As for the goalies well, I see great things in Joonas Korpisalo. He may not be like Sergei Bobrovsky, but I still think he can lead the Jackets to a nice playoff run.
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