Bruins put away Blue Jackets, advance to conference finals

Bruins put away Blue Jackets, advance to conference finals

The victor will play either Dallas or St. Louis in the conference final. Boston will play the Carolina Hurricanes, who swept the New York Islanders in their second-round series.

With standout defenseman Charlie McAvoy suspended for Game 1 after an illegal check to the head in the Bruins' previous series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Kampfer took his spot in the lineup, playing 13:41 in the team's 5-2 win.

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In Denver, Colorado, Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime after Colorado squandered a late lead in regulation as the Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semi-final series. Boston F Noel Acciari was a scratch for the second time in the series.

Boston's Big 3 started the game with some jump, but it was Steven Kampfer who struck first to give Boston an early lead.

Boston scored twice in the third period to give Rask some more breathing room with Marcus Johannsson scoring his second goal of the playoffs assisted by Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen. "He was definitely our most consistent player throughout the series". I thought we played really well tonight, just didn't get a result.

"We were fortunate to only be down one goal, and then when you get those chances on the power play, you've got to make them pay", said Tuukka Rask, who stopped 29 shots. Appreciate how that ongoing brilliance in net was never more needed than across another listless second period for the Bruins, and how it kept them in the game long enough for a third-period, four-goal explosion they won't soon forget.

"If I don't like something, I don't like something", Toettcher said.

Johansson doubled the score at 8:58 of the third when Bobrovsky got a piece of his shot from the top of the slot but it trickled behind him into the net.

Forward David Backes said, "We are halfway to our goal".

Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy almost took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials levelled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. It was all about Hamilton retaliating to a hit to earn a roughing penalty, and then Dougie jumping in as a third guy to throw a hit on David Backes that earned him an interference penalty.

In his first career playoffs, Aho has five goals and 10 points in 12 games.

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