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Mar 16, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson battle for the puck during the third period at TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

Mar 16, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson battle for the puck during the third period at TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Bruins survived a wild third period and got a clutch go-ahead goal from David Pastrnak with just 1:28 left in regulation to defeat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in game 5 of their best-of-seven playoff series. Boston heads back to Columbus with a 3-2 series lead.

Check below for a recap of our live updates from an intense, pivotal win for the B’s.

Recap: Third Period

0:14: After the Jackets hit the post, Tuukka Rask comes up with a massive save on a point-blank Atkinson opportunity. Officials briefly review the play and rule no goal. Bruins need to kill off just 14.6 more seconds and they’ll head back to Columbus with a 3-2 series lead.

1:28: David Pastrnak comes up huge for the Bruins. Brad Marchand gets the rush going and feeds it cross-ice to Pastrnak, who taps it past Bobrovsky for the go-ahead goal. 4-3 Bruins with just 1:28 to go.

6:02: Dean Kukan continues the goal-scoring barrage for both teams. Columbus has stormed back to tie Game 5 3-3 after the Bruins held the lead for almost the entire second period and more than half of the third. Blue Jackets are buzzing. Bruins have looked out of sorts in their own end for the better part of this period.

7:52: The flurry of goals continues. Ryan Dzingel flicks it over Rask’s left shoulder from an odd angle and into the net, making it 3-2 Bruins. This thing is suddenly becoming a slobberknocker.

8:44: Bobrovsky coughs it right back up. David Pastrnak leads a rush down the left side, and simply fires it past Bobrovsky. Bruins are back on top by two, 3-1.

9:27: Blue Jackets right back in it. Seth Jones scores on a goal that’s initially waved off, but overturned on video review. The puck ended up over the goal line, and the video review team determined there was enough evidence to reverse the call on the ice. Hold on to your butts – it’s 2-1 Bruins.

9:45: This has been the best game for the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line in a while. Generated all kinds of scoring chances with several shifts pinning the Jackets in their own zone. Pastrnak, in particular, hasn’t been as sloppy with his puck management as he’s looked for most of the playoffs.

15:09: Brad Marchand puts the Bruins up two. After Sergei Bobrovsky makes a spectacular glove save, Marchand gathers an easy rebound and fires it right back at him and in. 2-0 Bruins.

17:08: Jake DeBrusk strong to the net with a scoring bid on Bobrovsky, but he crashes into the goaltender and the net comes off its pegs. Charlie Coyle’s line will get an offensive zone faceoff.

17:54: Bergeron line creates a couple of quality scoring chances on its first shift of the third. David Pastrnak should be credited with a takeaway and an unassisted chance. Bergeron almost tipped one home but there wasn’t enough velocity on the shot.

Recap: Second Period:

Second Period Thoughts: The Bruins looked like they could use a 15-minute breather. After David Krejci broke the seal with the first goal of the night, the Blue Jackets stormed back and dictated play for most of the period. Tuukka Rask came up with a handful of huge saves, particularly on Cam Atkinson all alone after Brandon Carlo coughed up the puck in the defensive end. He also made a big stop on Nick Foligno while the Blue Jackets were buzzing on a power play. The B’s need to get back to establishing their forecheck like they did in the first period

5:55: The Blue Jackets have controlled the game since Krejci’s goal. They are now out-shooting the Bruins 21-19. Tuukka Rask is the main reason the B’s still have the lead.

8:08: Bruins kill it off. Blue Jackets have picked up their pace since allowing the first goal of the game, but Tuukka Rask has been there to stop their best chances.

10:08: Tuukka Rask makes a huge save to save Brandon Carlo’s bacon. The defenseman coughed up the puck in his own end to cause a clean break for Cam Atkinson. Despite the stop, the Bruins are headed to the PK with Torey Krug off for a hold.

12:49: Marcus Johansson took a cross-ice feed for a one-timer and the best scoring chance of the game that didn’t go in. This time, Bobrovsky makes a great sprawling save.

18:21: David Krejci gets the Bruins on the board first. David Backes starts a rush off an Artemi Panarin giveaway, then drops it off to Jake DeBrusk who makes a dynamic cross-ice feed to an open Krejci. Bobrovsky lets Krejci’s shot trickle through and it’s 1-0 Bruins.

Recap: First Period

First period thoughts: The shots on goal may be 9-8, but the Bruins had the better quality chances and higher volume of attempts (13-10, per Natural Stat Trick). Columbus never truly threatened Tuukka Rask in the period. The Bruins didn’t test Sergei Bobrovsky as much as it seemed, either. But they certainly controlled possession and zone time while getting plenty of shots to the net area. The B’s are bound to get a bounce to go their way if they keep controlling the game like they have through 20 minutes.

4:01: Bruins continue to move the puck reasonably well and get it through to the net area, but haven’t gotten a fortunate bounce. They feel due for one with the way this period has gone. Boston is dictating the game.

6:17: Bruins kill it off, then Columbus gets whistled for too many men. Another power play for the Bruins as Ryan Dzingel will serve the penalty.

8:25: The Blue Jackets will get their first power play. Charlie McAvoy headed to the box for slashing.

8:25: Boone Jenner has had the Blue Jackets’ only high-danger chances so far. Tuukka Rask just stopped him in the slot. Bruins have kept Columbus hemmed in its own zone for much of the period, but haven’t tested Bobrovsky as much as one would like. They’ve also gotten a handful of deflections in front that didn’t bounce their way.

10:57: Bruins go to the power play. Nick Foligno headed to the penalty box for slashing.

12:47: Bruins have looked like they’re on a power play at times during 5-on-5. They’ve been able to establish some opportunities in the last few minutes, while the Blue Jackets have mostly fizzled out after their zone entries.

15:02: The Bergeron line buzzed on its last shift. Three shots on goal as they peppered Sergei Bobrovsky in short bursts. Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug doing a good job early of turning the rush around and pushing the puck quickly up the ice through the neutral zone.

17:28: No real scoring chances for either team in the opening minutes. Hard for both of them to establish possession with the physicality going on in the corners.

Pregame Updates:

— Puck drop got pushed back to 7:30 because of the delayed ending to the Kentucky Derby broadcast. Can’t make this stuff up. Someone let me know if the horse’s hoof was an inch offside.

— Noel Acciari wasn’t present for the Bruins’ pregame warmups. Chris Wagner was out there. That’s a strong indication that Wagner will slide in for Acciari, as Cassidy said in his pregame presser.

— Bruce Cassidy told reporters that Bruins forward Noel Acciari will be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Chris Wagner will slide into his spot in the lineup.

— Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy on whether Patrice Bergeron can parlay his game 4 performance into a stronger series the rest of the way:

“Well, I hope so. They’re our go-to guys all year. We figured they’d come around sooner or later. It was Game 4 for them. They had some good looks the other games that didn’t go in. Let’s face it, the first goal by Pasta [David Pastrnak], what did it go in by six inches? So, sometimes it’s a matter of that; the other games, it’s off the post. So, in that regard, it makes everyone breathe a little bit easier; we get a lead, and then from there, I think they have a good night. Pitch in on the power play, obviously, so hopefully that fuels them to get going, and they can keep it up. We have a lot of guys that can pitch in as well, so it’s not like we have to have them score to win, but it’s the old thing; when your best players are your best players, we’re generally going to be a tougher team to beat.”

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