Ramblings: Bruins and Avs Even Their Series, RIP Botch (May 3)

Ian Gooding

2019-05-03


With no clear team emerging as the Stanley Cup favorite, it only makes sense that three of the four series are now tied 2-2.

The Boston Bruins evened their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets at two wins apiece with a 4-1 win in Game 4.

The usual top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak was reunited for this game (Pastrnak was moved back onto the line and Danton Heinen bumped off), and it seemed to provide the spark that the Bruins needed. Bergeron led the charge with two power-play goals while taking seven shots on goal. Both Bergeron and Marchand (one assist in Game 4) had been held without a point in the three previous games in this series, so needless to say this output was much-needed. Pastrnak also scored a goal and added an assist. Old clichéd expression, I know, but your best players have to be your best players in order to win.

Tuukka Rask was impressive, stopping 39 of 40 shots in earning the win. He would have earned a shutout had it not been for a controversial goal from Artemi Panarin in the first period. The puck hit the high netting, so the play should have been whistled dead. Instead, the puck fell and play continued with the puck eventually getting to Panarin for the goal.
 


David Backes took a vicious elbow from Dean Kukan. Backes has had multiple concussions, but fortunately, he was able to return to the game.
 


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The Colorado Avalanche also evened their series with the San Jose Sharks with a 3-0 win in Game 4.

Nathan MacKinnon’s sixth goal