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Rask, Bruins Halt Jackets’ Playoff Run

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Time struck midnight for the Cinderella story of the Columbus Blue Jackets last night as they were shut out by the Boston Bruins, 3-0, in Game 6. 

In the shutout, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask accounted for 39 saves and was named First Star in the contest. 

The first period saw a chippy, but non-scoring period as both teams combined for 22 shots on-goal. A goaltender interference penalty by Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Du Bois was the main highlight of the period. 

The tempo picked up in the second period as Columbus put up 17 shots on-goals, each one stopped by Rask. 

Boston eventually found the net as David Krejci’s shot blasts past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 1-0 Boston. 

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Forward Marcus Johansson would make it 2-0 Bruins with a snap shot at about 9:22 left in the second period. 

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With less than a minute in the period, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy was penalized by an illegal check to the head on Blue Jackets’ Josh Anderson. The penalty was deemed as a minor. 

Boston forward David Backes would eventually seal the game on a tip-in shot from a Torey Krug pass with less than ten minutes left in the game. 

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Rask stopped four consecutive shots in the final minute to wind down the clock and send the Bruins to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

Krejci also recorded an assist in the game to  make it two points in the game. Bobrovsky guided the Blue Jackets recorded 26 saves on 29 shots on-goal. 

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The Bruins will take on the Carolina Hurricanes, who were coming off a four-game sweep of the New York Islanders. Game 1 for the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals is set for this Thursday, 7:30 p.m. in Boston. 

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