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The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in double overtime, to tie their second-round series heading home to Nationwide Arena. Matt Duchene scored the power play game-winner at 3:42 of double overtime and Sergei Bobrovsky made several key stops down the stretch. The double-overtime win was the second-longest game in franchise history at 83 minutes and 42 seconds of play. Only game 3 against Washington in last year’s playoffs were longer with 89 minutes of play.
This was probably the grittiest win of the postseason for the Jackets. After falling behind twice, Columbus responded both times. Artemi Panarin had a seemingly impossible goal to tie the game at two in the second.
Overtime featured several spectacular stops from Jackets’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. One wicked bounce nearly found its way into the net for the Bruins but Bobrovsky flexed his pad for a save at the last instant. He also stopped Patrice Bergeron on great opportunities midway through overtime, again later in the period, and again early in double overtime. Bergeron was also quoted taking the blame for a tripping penalty which led to Duchene’s double OT winner.
Nationwide Arena will be as alive as ever for Tuesday’s Game 3 and Thursday’s Game 4. With a pair of strong games which produced a road split, the Jackets have a lot of momentum heading home.