Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' series-clinching 3-0 win against the Blue Jackets Monday night.
GOLD STAR: Blue Jackets forwards Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner were really mixing it up with Tuukka Rask around the Bruins net, and clearly trying to rattle the cage of the Bruins goalie. The same goes with John Tortorella saying they “dented” Rask in the third period of Game 5 headed into Monday night’s Game 6 in Columbus It clearly didn’t work as he’s made 39 saves in a playoff shutout performance where he truly stood on his head. I guess he wasn’t dented after all, Torts. Instead Rask played extremely well as he’s done all throughout this second round series against Columbus, and he’s outplayed Sergei Bobrovsky at every turn in this series. Credit Rask for being as good as he’s ever been in the postseason for the Black and Gold and one of the big reasons they’re headed to the conference finals for the first time in six years.
BLACK EYE: It was a tough couple of days for John Tortorella. First, he was wrong about the series being headed back to Boston for a Game 7, and then he was wrong when he assumed that the Bruins had “dented” Tuukka Rask after scoring some goals against him in the third period of Game 5. Instead, the Bruins and Rask tossed a 3-0 shutout win over the Blue Jackets where they overcame an early goal getting called back by goalie interference, and ran roughshod over a raucous Columbus home crowd that was trying to push their team to victory. Instead, Rask and the Bruins completely quieted the Columbus crowd and completely shut down Tort’s prediction attempts, so now the Blue Jackets are getting their tee times ready.
TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it was their ability to come back from a first-period goal that was overturned by a coach’s challenge. Sean Kuraly appeared to have scored the first goal of the game in the first period, but instead it was overturned because Joakim Nordstrom crashed into Sergei Bobrovsky prior to Kuraly’s second effort shot getting through him. It was a close call with some extenuating circumstances, but it was also probably the right one after multiple reviews of the replay. Still it could have really taken the air out of Boston’s sails, but instead buoyed them to bigger and better things against the Blue Jackets. David Krejci finally busted through in the second period and the rest is history.
HONORABLE MENTION: David Krejci has always been renowned as a big game playoff performer, and he proved that again with his extra performance in Game 6. It was Krejci that scored the B’s first goal and ultimately the game-winner when he rifled one in under the arm of Sergei Bobrovsky after Jake DeBrusk had hit a post on the other side of the net. Krejci added an assist on the David Backes insurance goal late in the third period, and finished with a plus-2 in 13:12 of ice time to go along with two shots on net, a blocked shot and 5-of-10 face-off wins in a strong secondary scoring role where he provided some offensive support.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – the number of career playoff shutouts for Tuukka Rask after tonight’s effort, his first postseason blanking since the 2013-14 playoff run.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Great.” –Brad Marchand, who used 39 words to answer 19 questions in his postgame scrum in an extremely laconic media availability.
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