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Game 3 Preview: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes

THE LAST GAME: Apr. 27, 2019 – CBJ (3) at BOS (2) – 2OT CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Panarin, Panarin, PP – Duchene BOS Goal Scorers: PP – Grzelcyk, Pastrnak Goalies: CBJ – Bobrovsky (29/31, 83:15) BOS – Rask (38/41, 83:42) CBJ PP: 2/4; PK: 3/4 | Shots: CBJ: 41 / BOS: 31 3 Stars: 1. Duchene, CBJ; 2. Bobrovsky, CBJ; 3. Rask, BOS Noteworthy: CBJ evened series at 1-1… CBJ played in their 2nd-straight overtime game (5-4 all-time in postseason, 4-2 on the road)… CBJ scored two 2nd period goals and has recorded a multi-goal period in all 6 playoff games… CBJ scored 2 PPGs for the 2nd time this postseason… Panarin (2-1-3), Atkinson (0-2-2) and Jones (0-2-2) all had multi-point games.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT (Reg. Season/Postseason) Murray (upper body); placed on Injured Reserve on 2/22; week-to-week (24/6 games) McQuaid (upper body) day-to-day (5/6 games) Nutivaara (upper body) day-to-day (0/4 games) TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 88/16

RECENT TRANSACTIONS Apr. 13 Signed Gavrikov to two-year entry level contract Apr. 15 Recalled Dalpe from Cleveland (AHL) Apr. 17 Assigned Dalpe to Cleveland (AHL)

UPCOMING PLAYOFF GAMES May 2 vs. BOS (Game 4) | May 4 at BOS (Game 5) | May 6 vs. BOS (Game 6)* | May 8 at BOS (Game 7)* * If necessary AGAINST THE BRUINS ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON 2018-19 Series: 1-1-1 (0-0-1 at BOS) 2017-18 Series: 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at BOS) All-Time Series: 12-11-0-7 (5-5-0-4 at BOS) All-Time GF/GA: 80/101 All-Time SF/SA: 866/975 All-Time PP: 18-of-106 All-Time PK: 78-of-96

AGAINST THE BRUINS ALL-TIME POSTSEASON 2018-19 Series: 1-1 (0-0 vs. BOS) All-Time Series: 1-1 (0-0 vs. BOS) All-Time GF/GA: 5/5

CBJ/BOS CONNECTIONS CBJ: Kekalainen recorded 4-3-7 in 27 games over two seasons (1989-91)… Tortorella was born in Boston… Atkinson posted 68-56-124 in 117 games with Boston College (2008-11)… McQuaid recorded 13-53-66 and 652 PIM in 462 games (2009-18)… Nash had 22-36- 58 in 157 games (2016-18)… /// BOS: Kuraly is from Dublin, OH… Moore was drafted 21st overall in 2009 and posted 2-6-8 in 86 games from 2010-13. NOTED (Player Highlights vs. BOS)

Jenner scored his 1st career hat trick on 3/12/19 vs. BOS… Nutivaara made NHL debut on 10/13/16 vs. BOS and notched 1st multiassist/point game on 10/30/17 vs. BOS… Werenski recorded assist in NHL debut on 10/13/16 vs. BOS. CBJ are 8-5-4 in 17 games vs. BOS since 11/21/14 (reg. season & playoffs)… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 19 of past 21 games of series… Most goals scored vs. BOS: 7 (3/12/19)… Most goals allowed vs. BOS: 8 (2/4/02).

HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 29; Injured Reserve: 1) Drafted (15): Anderson, Atkinson, Bjorkstrand, Dubois, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Murray, Nutivaara, Peeke, Savard, Sedlak, Texier, Wennberg, Werenski Trade (10): Bobrovsky, Dubinsky, Duchene, Dzingel, Foligno, Harrington, Jones, Kinkaid, McQuaid, Panarin Free Agent (5): Clendening, Hannikainen, Kukan, Nash, Robinson

BLUE JACKETS NOTES WORKING OVERTIME The Blue Jackets and Bruins played in their second-straight overtime game on Saturday. Columbus improved to 5-4 all-time in overtimes in playoff history (4-2 on the road) and 2-1 in double overtime with the 3-2 victory (4-3 W on Apr. 19, 2014 at PIT and 3-2 L on Apr. 17, 2018 vs. WSH). The Jackets overcame multiple deficits to win a postseason game for the second time in franchise history (4-3 OTW on 4/12/18 at WSH).

SPECIAL (TEAMS) DELIVERY The club scored two power play goals in Saturday’s victory for the second time this postseason (2-for-4, Apr. 12 at TBL) and continues to lead the league in power play percentage (7-for-18; 38.9 pct.). The Jackets killed off three of Boston’s four power play chances in Game 2 to move to 12-for-14 on the penalty kill this postseason (85.7 pct.; 4th in league).

ROUND 2 BATTLE The Blue Jackets face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the franchise’s third-consecutive playoff appearance and fifth all-time. It’s the first time the Jackets have appeared in the second round in the postseason in franchise history. Columbus is facing Boston for the first time in the postseason, who are making their third-straight playoff appearance and 10th in the last 12 seasons. After a split in the first two games, the series shifts to Nationwide Arena for Games Three (Tuesday) and Four (Thursday).

SUPER STREAKY Artemi Panarin factored in all three Blue Jackets’ goals on Saturday (2-1-3) for his first career multi-goal postseason game and second career three-point playoff game (1-2-3; Apr. 12, 2018 at WSH). He has set a franchise record with a six-game point streak in the postseason (4-5-9), surpassing Boone Jenner’s five-game point streak from Apr. 16-26, 2014 (3-2-5).

MUTLI(POINT) TALENTED In addition to Panarin’s three-point effort, Seth Jones (0-2-2) and Cam Atkinson (0-2-2) also recorded multiple assists in the Game 2 victory over Boston. Jones recorded two assists in back-to-back games and has collected multiple points in three-straight contests overall (1-5-6). Atkinson tallied the first multi-assist game of his postseason career (fourth career multi-point playoff game) and his second multi-point game of the 2019 postseason (Apr. 14 vs. TBL; 1-1-2).

BOBBING AND WEAVING Sergei Bobrovsky, who led the league during the regular season with a career-high nine shutouts and ranked second in wins (37), turned aside 29-of-31 shots in his first overtime win of the 2019 postseason in Game 2 on Saturday. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner is tied for the league lead in postseason wins (five), ranks second in GAA (2.01) and third in SV% (.930).

TOP JACKETS The Blue Jackets have been one of the best teams in the league over the past three seasons, ranking fourth in the league in wins since 2016-17 with 142 victories. They have or are facing all four of the other teams in the top five in the playoffs since that campaign, Tampa Bay (1st, 158), Washington (2nd, 153), Boston (3rd, 143) and Pittsburgh (5th-T, 141). Columbus is one of just seven teams to earn a playoff berth in each of the past three seasons.

CBJ THIS SEASON Columbus won seven of its final eight games to finish the regular season at 47-31-4 (98 pts.), where its 47 wins and 98 points were the second-most in franchise history (50-24-8, 108 pts. in 2016-17). The Jackets finished the season on a high note, winning their last five road games, the longest road win streak of the season. Their franchise-best 25 road wins were second-most in the NHL, behind only first-round opponent Tampa (30).

CANNONS A BLAZING The Jackets’ offense found their groove toward the end of the regular season, scoring four or more goals in six of their final eight games and outscoring opponents 34-14 in that span. CBJ scored four or more goals in 38 of their 82 games during the season (256 goals total, 3.12 avg.) setting a new franchise record for most goals in a single campaign (247 goals, 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).

CAREER YEARS Columbus had a few players record career years in 2018-19. Artemi Panarin set single-season franchise record in assists and points for the second-straight campaign with 28-59-87. Matt Duchene set a new single-season career high in goals (30, 2015-16) and tied his career high in points (70, 2013-14) with 31-39-70. Cam Atkinson set single-season career bests with 41-28-69 and tied Rick Nash’s single-season club record in goals (2003-04). Josh Anderson (27-20-47) and Ryan Dzingel (26-30-56) both set career highs in all three categories and Oliver Bjorkstrand set a career high in goals (23).

POSTSEASON MILESTONES •Duchene scored his 1st career playoff game winner/OT goal on 4/27 at BOS •Harrington recorded 1st career playoff assist/point in Game 3 on 4/14 vs. TBL •Texier recorded 1st career playoff assist/point in Game 3 on 4/14 vs. TBL and 1st career playoff goal/multi-goal game in Game 4 on 4/16 vs. TBL

2018-19 TEAM QUICK HITS (REG. SEASON/PLAYOFFS) •CBJ ranked 6th-T in the NHL in shots allowed a game (29.5) •CBJ’s lineup featured seven players who scored 20+ goals, tied for most in NHL (WSH/TOR) •CBJ went 23-11-1 following a loss this season •CBJ went 32-2-0 when leading after two periods this season •CBJ led league in penalty kill pct. (85.0, tied w/ TBL/ARI) and fewest PP goals allowed (30) •CBJ is 1st team in NHL history to sweep the Presidents’ Trophy winners (since 1985-86) in the 1st round of the playoffs and are the 4th team in NHL history to sweep the reg. season’s No. 1 in a best-of-7 series •12 different players scored a goal in 1st round vs. TBL

2018-19 PLAYER QUICK HITS (REG. SEASON/PLAYOFFS) •Anderson (214), Foligno (175) and Jenner (158) led CBJ in hits •Jones (133), Savard (123) and Murray (93) led CBJ in blocked shots •Foligno was named a finalist for the Masterton Memorial Trophy •Jones, who led CBJ defensemen in assists and points (9-37-46) was 4th in the NHL in TOI/game (25:49)

CBJ 2018-19 PLAYOFFS TEAM GAME HIGHS GOALS: 7 (4/16 vs. TBL)… GOALS AGAINST: 3 (3x, MR: 4/25 at BOS)… PPG: 2 (2x, MR: 4/27 at BOS)… PPGA: 1 (2x, MR: 4/27 at BOS)… SHOTS: 41 (4/27 at BOS)… SHOTS AGAINST: 37 (4/25 at BOS)… PIM: 21 (4/12 at TBL)… HITS: 49 (4/27 at BOS)… FOW: 36 (4/27 at BOS)… BKS: 22 (4/27 at BOS)

CBJ 2018-19 PLAYOFFS PLAYER GAME HIGHS GOALS: 2 – 2x, Panarin (MR: 4/27 at BOS)… ASSISTS: 3 – Duchene (4/12 at TBL)… POINTS: 4 – Duchene (4/12 at TBL)… HITS: 9 – Anderson (4/16 vs. TBL)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +3 – 2x, MR: Duchene & Panarin (4/16 vs. TBL)… SOG: 7 – Jenner (4/27 at BOS)… TOI: 38:01 – Jones (4/27 at BOS)… SAVES: 34 – Bobrovsky (4/25 at BOS; 37 shots).

MONSTER REPORT The Cleveland Monsters advanced in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs after earning a 3-1 series victory over the Syracuse Crunch. The Monsters, who are looking for their second championship in franchise history (2016) have advanced to the North Division Finals against the Toronto Marlies.

CBJ Head Coach: John Tortorella

John Tortorella was named head coach of the Jackets on 10/21/15. He has compiled a 622-493-142 record in 1,257 games during his NHL coaching career with TBL, NYR, VAN and CBJ. His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 10 times and he led TBL to the 2004 Stanley Cup and the NYR to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final. The Boston native won his 2nd Jack Adams Award as NHL’s Coach of the Year (1st in 2003-04 w/ TBL) after leading CBJ to the best season in club history in 2016-17 (51-24-8). He ranks 1st among U.S.-born coaches in all-time NHL wins and owns CBJ’s franchise record in wins and games coached (176-118-27 in 321 games). Internationally, Tortorella served as head coach for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and was an assistant coach with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games (silver). He also served as the squad’s head coach at the 2008 World Championships and was an assistant coach at the 2005 World Championships.

Boston Bruins: Media Notes

INJURIES – Playoff man-games lost: 23 – Kevan Miller – Lower body – John Moore – Upper body

2019 ROUND TWO SERIES vs COLUMBUS – The Bruins and Blue Jackets play game 3 of their Round Two series tonight in Boston with the series tied at one game apiece … They will play game 4 in Columbus on 5/2 (7:30 pm) & game 5 will be in Boston on 5/4 (7:15 pm) … If necessary, game 6 is in Columbus on 5/6 & game 7 in Boston on 5/8 (times TBD). – The Bruins have reached the 2nd round of the post-season for the 2nd straight season & 7th time in their last 9 playoff appearances (lost in round 1 in 2012 & 2017; did not qualify in 2015 & 2016). – The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 20-20 all-time record in game 3s of best-of-7 series in which they are even at 1-1 … They are 24-16 all-time in best-of-7 series when they have been tied at 1-1.

Gm1, 4/25: Cmb 2 at Bos 3/OT … Noel Acciari scored a SHG to give Boston a 1-0 lead before Columbus scored twice in a 13-second span to take a 2-1 3rd period lead … Charlie Coyle became the 2nd player in team history to score both a GTG in the last 5 minutes of regulation (15:25) & the GWG in OT (5:15) … SOG: Bos 37, Cmb 22 … PP: Bos 0/4, Cmb 0/4

Gm2, 4/27: Cmb 3 at Bos 2/2OT … The Bruins twice held 1-goal leads on scores by Matt Grzelcyk (his 1st NHL playoff goal) & David Pastrnak, but Columbus’ Artemi Panarin twice evened the score before Matt Duchene scored at the 23:42 mark of OT to give the Blue Jackets the win … SOG: Bos 31, Cmb 41 … PP: Bos 1/4, Cmb 2/4

BOSTON vs COLUMBUS, LIFETIME SERIES – The Bruins & Blue Jackets are playing the 1st series in their playoff histories … They are currently 1-1 in games with each team scoring 5 goals in the series. – Fun Facts: Boston’s double OT game in game 2 of this series was their 1st multiple-OT playoff game since 4/21/2017 (2OT at OTT in gm 5 of Rd1).

2018-19 SEASON SERIES vs. COLUMBUS – The Bruins were 2-1-0 vs. Columbus this season with a 7-4 loss in Columbus on 3/12, a 2-1 OT win in Boston on 3/16 & a 6-2 win in Columbus on 4/2 … The Bruins outscored the Blue Jackets by a 12-10 edge. – Brad Marchand (4-3=7 totals) led the Bruins in scoring in the season series while Josh Anderson (1-4=5) led the Blue Jackets … Tuukka Rask (1-1-0, 4.76 GAA, .879 Sv% in 2 gp) & Jaroslav Halak (1-0-0, 1.27 GAA, .943 Sv% in 2 gp) shared the net for Boston, while Sergei Bobrovsky (1-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .852 Sv% in 2 gp) & Joonas Korpisalo (0-0-1, 2.75 GAA, .895 Sv% in 2 gp) split the goal for Columbus.

2018 ROUND ONE SERIES vs TORONTO – The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in a 7-game series, winning games 2 (4-1 4/13), 4 (6-4 4/17), 6 (4-2 4/21) & 7 (5-1 4/23) and dropping games 1 (4-1 4/11), 3 (3-2 4/15) & 5 (2-1 4/19). – Fun Facts: The Bruins won their 1st series in which they had trailed, 3-2, after game 5 since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final vs. Vancouver … They won the 15th game 7 in their history, the most of any NHL team … 3 Bruins played their 1st NHL playoff games in game 1 of the series (Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton & Karson Kuhlman) while Steven Kampfer made his NHL playoff debut in game 3 … Kuhlman (assist in game 3) & Joakim Nordstrom (goal in game 4) both recorded their 1st NHL playoff points … Toronto’s Mitch Marner scored a penalty shot goal in game 1, the 6th playoff penalty shot faced by the Bruins in their history … Zdeno Chara played in his 13th game 7, which is tied with Patrick Roy & Scott Stevens for the most in NHL history.

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON RECAP – The Bruins finished the season in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with a 49-24-9 overall record (29-9-3 home; 20-15-6 road) … That was their 2nd straight season with 100+ points, & the 23rd in their history, which is the most by any NHL team. – Their 25.9% power play ranked 3rd overall in the NHL while they were 16th with a 79.9% penalty kill. – The Bruins had a 19-game point streak at 15-0-4 from 1/29-3/9, which was the 2nd-longest such streak in team history … They had 12-game home win (2/5-3/27) & 14-game home unbeaten (12-0-2, 1/29-3/27) streaks as well … They also went 11-0-2 in the month of February, which was their 1st full month without a regulation loss since November, 2011. – David Pastrnak led the Bruins in goals (38), while Brad Marchand led the team in assists (564) and points (100) … Brad Marchand was the 1st Bruin to hit the 100-point plateau since 2003-04 (Joe Thornton) … Tuukka Rask had a 19-game point streak at 16-0-3 from 12/29-3/9, becoming just the 2nd goaltender in NHL history with 2 career point streaks of 17+ games (Pete Peeters).

OVERTIME STATS – The Bruins have played 135 OT games in their playoff history with a 58-74-3 overall record, 31-33-1 at home and 27-41-2 on the road … They are 4-3 lifetime in game 7s decided in OT. – They have gone to multiple OTs in 24 games and they are 9-9 in 2OT games, 3-2 in 3OT games and 0-1 in the 6OT 1933 semifinal vs. Toronto that was the longest such game in their history. – 7 current Bruins have career OT playoff goals: Bergeron (3); Backes & Krejci (2 each); Marchand, Kuraly, Johansson & Coyle (1 each). – Tuukka Rask has an 11-10 record in 21 career playoff OT games, while Jaroslav Halak is 2-3 in playoff OT contests.

PLAYOFF NUMBERS

3: Bruins who have played 100 NHL post-season games – Zdeno Chara (168), Patrice Bergeron (121) & David Krejci (117).

4: Bruins who have played their 1st NHL playoff games in this post-season – Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Karson Kuhlman (game 1 in Rd1), & Steven Kampfer (game 3 in Rd1).

6: Toronto’s Mitch Marner became the 6th opponent to take a penalty shot in a Boston playoff game … Marner’s goal on 4/11 in game 1 of Round 1 was the 2nd playoff penalty shot goal allowed by Boston & 1st since Buffalo’s John Tucker scored on Andy Moog on 4/9/1988 … It was the 2nd career playoff penalty shot faced by Tuukka Rask & 1st since he stopped Philadelphia’s Ville Leino on 5/12/2010.

6: Players on Boston’s current playoff roster who have won a Stanley Cup championship … Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand & Tuukka Rask (dressed as backup for all 7 games) were all on Boston’s 2011 Cup championship team … Joakim Nordstrom won a Cup with Chicago vs. Boston in 2013, but did not dress in the Final … Steven Kampfer was with Boston as an extra during their 2011 playoff run but did not play in that post-season.

6: Stanley Cups won by Boston (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011) … That is tied with Chicago for 4th among NHL teams, trailing only Montreal (24), Toronto (13) & Detroit (11).

7: Players on Boston’s current playoff roster who have played in a Stanley Cup Final – the 5 players above on Boston’s 2011 Cup winning team also played in the 2013 Final vs. Chicago; Torey Krug (2013 w/Boston) & John Moore (2014 w/NY Rangers).

8: NHL teams that the Bruins have yet to face in post-season play (ANA, ARI, CGY, MIN, NSH, SJ, VGK, WPG).

15: Bruins players who have scored at least 1 goal this post-season, leading all teams … CMB is 2nd with 13 scorers.

40: Career playoff wins by Tuukka Rask, which has moved him into 2nd place on the club’s all-time playoff wins list (Gerry Cheevers, 53).

42 years, 30 days: Zdeno Chara’s age on 4/17 in game 4 vs. Toronto when he scored the GWG … He became the 2nd-oldest defenseman to score an NHL playoff goal (Chris Chelios) & the oldest to score a game-winner.

72: Overall playoff appearances for the Bruins … The Bruins hold the NHL record for consecutive playoff appearances with 29 straight from 1968-1996.

432: Consecutive Bruins games (regular season and playoffs) currently sold out at TD Garden … Their last non-sellout game was on Dec. 2, 2009 when a Wednesday game vs. TB drew 16,553.

ALL-TIME TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS (Entering tonight’s game): Games Played Goals Assists Points 3 – Don Marcotte – 132 6 – Ray Bourque – 36 3 – John Bucyk – 60 3 – Rick Middleton – 100 4 – Zdeno Chara – 123 7 – Ken R. Hodge – 34 4 – David Krejci – 59 John Bucyk – 100 5 – Patrice Bergeron – 121 Don Marcotte – 34 5 – Wayne Cashman – 57 4 – David Krejci – 93

6 – David Krejci – 117 David Krejci – 34 Patrice Bergeron – 57 5 – Bobby Orr – 92 Patrice Bergeron – 34 6 – Patrice Bergeron – 91

Bruins Head Coach: Bruce Cassidy

Playoffs: Has a 12-15 record in 27 playoff games behind the Boston bench and a 14-19 NHL record, as he went 2-4 as Capitals coach in the 2003 postseason … Regular Season: Has a 117-51-22 lifetime record in 190 games behind the Boston bench, a .674 win percentage … His 166 gms are the 2ndfastest 100 wins by a Boston coach (Tom Johnson, 138) … Coached his 300th NHL game 4/4 vs MIN, a 3-0 win … In his 2nd full season as Boston’s head coach as he was named on April 26, 2017 after finishing the 2016-17 season in an interim capacity … Has a 164-98-9-29 record in 300 NHL games coached (.610 win %age), having served as head coach in Washington from 2002-04 … Served as an assistant coach with Chicago in 2005-06 before joining Providence/AHL as an assistant coach for 3 seasons from 2008-11 and later being named as the head coach of the AHL Bruins in 2011 where he had a 207-128-45 record in 380 games …Moved on to Boston as an assistant coach at the start of the 2016-17 season.