Highlights of Bruins' 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets

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FINAL SCORE: Bruins 6, Blue Jackets 2

IN BRIEF: Jake DeBrusk scored two goals and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist to become the 10th Bruin to reach the 100-point mark in a season as the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus 6-2 to clinch second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 48-23-9, clinched second in Atlantic and home-ice vs. Toronto in their first-round playoff series

HIGHLIGHTS:

DEBRUSK GETS B'S ON BOARD WITH ONE OFF GOALIE'S BACK:

JOHANSSON'S FIRST AS A BRUIN:

MARCHAND MAKES IT 3-0 WITH POINT NO. 99:

B'S GO UP 4-0 ON DEBRUSK'S SECOND OF NIGHT:

MARCHAND ASSISTS ON PASTRNAK GOAL TO GIVE HIM 100 POINTS:

KARLSON KUHLMAN MAKES IT 6-2:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

*The Bruins have hit their milestones this season with Brad Marchand reaching 100 points for the first time in his career after collecting a goal and an assist. He didn’t get his 37 goals, 63 assists breakdown for the 100 points as so many were hoping for while settling for 36/64 for his 100 points, but he did have a heck of a celebration in the third period after his secondary helper on a David Pastrnak goal him to the century mark. Marchand became the first Bruins players to get to 100 points since Jumbo Joe Thornton back in the 2002-03 season before anybody on this current group was on the Black and Gold roster. The next season, of course, was Patrice Bergeron’s rookie campaign with the Black and Gold. 

*Marcus Johansson is showing some good things skating on the third line with Charlie Coyle as he scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins. It was Johansson going hard to the net and shoveling home the rebound of a  Coyle spinning shot from the slot area. Perhaps Johansson has found his playoff lineup spot on that third line as both new guys (Johansson, Coyle) look pretty comfortable with each other. He ended up with only the single shot on net that he scored on in more than 11-plus minutes of ice time, but the production really is the thing with the skilled Swedish winger.

*A wacky goal for Jake DeBrusk as the puck bounced around the top of the net and appeared to bounce off the back of Sergei Bobrovsky before tumbling into the back of the net. It’s his 26th goal of the season, which everybody would have been extremely happy with had they been told DeBrusk would have that many at the beginning of the season. Then he added another breakaway score in the second period for his second goal of the game and had an extremely productive night with six shot attempts along with the two scores.

*In general, it was a very good response to a couple of crappy games against Florida and Detroit over the weekend. The Bruins scored early after getting a pretty good bounce, they played relatively good defense and puck possession in outshooting Columbus 11-8 and they got some pretty good goaltending from Tuukka Rask as well. All of those things were much better than they were in the tepid efforts against the Panthers and Red Wings, and much more befitting a tune-up for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The victory - combined with Toronto's loss to Carolina - clinched second place in the Atlantic for Boston and home-ice advantage in their first-round series with the Leafs, a rematch of last spring's opening round series won by the Bruins in seven games. The B’s gave up a couple of goals in the third period Tuesday night to lose a little luster off the overall good feeling vibe, but it was inarguably a much stronger effort than the two losses over the weekend.

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