Scores tying goal late in 3rd before notching winner in extra time
Boston's Charlie Coyle celebrates his tying goal late in the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, before winning it in overtime with this second of the night as the Bruins took Game 1 of their second-round series. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) comments
Charlie Coyle scored late in regulation and again 5:15 into overtime as the Boston Bruins skated to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.
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Coyle deposited a nifty backhanded feed from Marcus Johansson inside the left post to forge a tie at 2 with 4:35 remaining in the third period.
The pair connected again in overtime, as Johansson wired a diagonal pass from the left circle that was shoveled home by Coyle.
Fourth-liner Noel Acciari scored a short-handed goal and Tuukka Rask finished with 20 saves for the Bruins, who host Game 2 on Saturday.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is beaten by a shot from Boston's Noel Acciari in Game 1 on Thursday. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)
Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 34 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had been idle since completing a sweep of Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay on April 16.
Columbus pressed the advantage with Boston nursing a 1-0 lead, leading to the game-tying goal following a double deflection of defenceman Seth Jones' shot from the point. Former Bruins forward Riley Nash and Dubinsky each got their stick on the puck before it sailed past Rask at 7:39 of the third period.
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Artemi Panarin scored just 13 seconds later, as his shot caromed off Dubois and between the pads of Rask to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 advantage.
Columbus established a franchise record for the fastest two goals in a playoff game, eclipsing the previous mark of 19 seconds set in Game 4 of their recent first-round game against the Lightning.
Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand, left, slams into the boards after being upended by Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug, right, during Game 1 of their second-round series on Thursday. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)
After going 5-for-10 on the power play in their first-round series versus Tampa Bay, the Blue Jackets saw their second opportunity with the man advantage go up in smoke midway into the first period. Acciari forced a turnover at the blue line before skating in and wiring a shot that sailed over the extended right pad and under the blocker of Bobrovsky to open the scoring at 10:34.
The fourth line has made its presence felt in back-to-back contests, as the group consisting of Sean Kuraly (one goal, one assist), Joakim Nordstrom (one goal, one assist) and Acciari (assist) totaled five points in Boston's 5-1 win over Toronto in Game 7 of the first-round series.