Bruins beat Blue Jackets 3-0, advance to conference final

Bruins beat Blue Jackets 3-0, advance to conference final

Bruins beat Blue Jackets 3-0, advance to conference final

However, special teams played a major role in this game and the Bruins seized momentum in the third thanks to two power play goals.

Boston's top-liners were kept off the score sheet again, but it did not matter. Mrazek made his return to the net for the first time since Game 2 against the Islanders when he left with a groin injury.

The second period turned into a game of chasing Carolina, of looking to fight an opposing player over fighting for the puck, of reaching and trailing and gasping and flailing.

Take two early power plays that led to two crucial goals, a tying one from Marcus Johansson and a go-ahead one from Patrice Bergeron, and see a game-winning combination that set the stage for two more Bruins' goals, an empty-netter from Charlie Coyle at 17:47 and an even-strength capper from Chris Wagner 11 seconds later.

Both were examples of Hamilton trying to play the physical game that's really not his style, and that's part of the reason it led to the key penalties against the Carolina defenseman in the third period.

"It's going to be a hard series", Rask said.

Boston radio host Fred Toettcher, co-host of the "Toucher & Rich" show on WBZ-FM in Boston, abruptly hung up on a Hurricanes reporter, cutting him off and saying, "I just can't listen to a guy with a Southern accent talk hockey".

Kampfer was only in the lineup because Charlie McAvoy was serving a one-game suspension for an illegal hit in the clinching Game 6 of the Columbus series.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 - The number of goals that Sebastian Aho has scored in nine career games vs. the Bruins after getting another one on Thursday night. I don't think you get this far by accident.

The Blue Jackets mustered two shots on the unsuccessful power play, and Matt Duchene's point-blank chance on another man-advantage situation was denied by the stick of Rask.

Boston got its second goal 8:58 into the third when Bobrovsky allowed a shot by Johansson to bounce behind him after the initial stop.

Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy almost took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials levelled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. "But we're looking forward to it".

"We are halfway to our goal", said forward David Backes, who scored Boston's final goal in the third period.

NOTES: Columbus F Markus Hannikainen played in his first career playoff game.

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