No date for the next round has been announced, but the Bruins, leading their series 3-2, had a chance to close it Monday night at Columbus.
The Boston Bruins will now have a few days off before taking on the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. 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.
BY THE NUMBERS: 10 - The number of goals that Sebastian Aho has scored in nine career games vs. the Bruins after getting another one on Thursday night. It's not magical, you got to out-will a guy on the puck.
"I was comfortable even with the one-goal lead just the way (Rask) was going", Cassidy said. Kampfer was playing just his second game of the postseason, replacing the suspended Charlie McAvoy.
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.
Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy almost took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials leveled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. Bobrovsky and star forward Artemi Panarin are unrestricted free agents and have refused, so far, to re-sign with the Blue Jackets. Johansson slammed home a rebound of Brad Marchand's shot to tie it, and just 15 seconds later the Bruins were back on the power play when Dougie Hamilton was given two minutes for roughing.
"We took advantage of our power plays early, and that's huge", said Bruins forward Charlie Wagner, who skated in alone on Petr Mrazek with 2:02 left to clinch it. Zdeno Chara took a shot to the ankle while killing a penalty later in the period and went to the locker room, but returned to the bench as the puck was being dropped to start the middle frame.
Boston won the first game of the series in overtime, then fell to the Blue Jackets in OT in Game 2 and lost Game 3 by a goal before ripping off the final three victories. Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer slotted in for McAvoy and scored his first career playoff goal to open the series less than three minutes into the game. But things quickly unraveled for Carolina in the final period. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League but has never played more than 47 games in a year.