Game six of the Second Round between the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets is set for tonight at 7:00 PM ET in Columbus.
With Boston up in the series 3-2, the Bruins are certainly looking to close out this series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes, in which they would have home ice advantage for the second consecutive series.
Here are the three keys for Boston to close out this series tonight.
1. Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak:
In the two games the Columbus Blue Jackets have won this series, this line has been held to just one goal combined; however in the past two games that the Bruins won, this line has combined for six goals, and five assists, for eleven points.
If the Bruins want to close out this series tonight, Boston’s top line is going to have to be firing on all cylinders.
2. Tuukka Rask:
Bruins’ Goalie Tuukka Rask has been phenomenal this entire playoffs.
Thus far in 12 games played, Rask has a goals against average of 2.19, and a save percentage of .932.
Neither game the Bruins have lost this series can be pinned on Rask.
In Game two Tuukka Rask stopped 38/41 shots, and in Game three Rask stopped 35/37 shots, recording save percentages of .927, and .946 respectively.
With Rask playing his game in net, the Bruins will always have a chance to win.
3. Stay Discipline
We have already seen this series that Columbus has the ability to frustrate the Bruins best players, including Brad Marchand.
When Columbus holds Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak pointless, and physically dominates the Bruins, Boston takes unnecessary penalties, which has proven to be deadly for the Bruins; both game winning goals for the Blue Jackets were scored on power plays.
If things start to go wrong for the Bruins tonight, the best thing they can do to help themselves is simply stay out of the penalty box.
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