We’re already on Game 4 of the second round, whilst none of the teams on Thursday could sweep the series, it still made for exciting hockey.
As things stood before puck drop:
➜ Columbus Blue Jackets lead Boston Bruins 2-1
➜ Colorado Avalanche trail San Jose Sharks 2-1
Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrice Bergeron scored twice, helping the Boston Bruins defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series, which is now tied 2-2.
David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Sean Kuraly scored and Tuukka Rask made 39 saves for Boston, who were 2-for-6 on the power play.
The Bruins trailed their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0, 2-0 and 3-2, before winning it in seven games. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy said that series helped them prepare for this Game 4.
Artemi Panarin scored, and Sergi Bobrovsky made 42 saves for Columbus, who were playing in front of a record home crowd of 19,431. The previous high was 19,395 for Game 4 of their first round series against the Washington Capitals last season.
Blue Jackets v Bruins – Saturday, May 4 (7:15pm – NBC)
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche
Phillip Grubauer made 32 saves for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4, tying their Western Conference Second Round series 2–2.
It was the goalie’s first shutout in a playoff game and the first by a Colorado goalie since a 1-0 win by Craig Anderson on April 18, 2010, also against San Jose, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The hosts reunited their top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, with the three combining for a goal and two assists.
MacKinnon‘s goal extended his point streak to eight games (6g, 7a), taking sole possession of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring lead with 13pts. He also led the Avs in ice time (23:33) and shots on goal (7).
The Nova Scotia native’s point streak is tied for the third longest in the playoffs by an Avalanche. Peter Forsberg had an eight-game streak in 2002, Claude Lemieux had a nine-game streak in 1997, and Joe Sakic achieved a 10-game streak in 1996.
The home side went 1-for-5 on the power play and are 2-for-14 in the series, with the visitors going 0-for-2 on the night and 1-for-10 in the series so far.
Martin Jones made 25 saves for San Jose, who outshot the Avalanche 32-28.
Avalanche v Sharks – Saturday, May 4 (10pm – NBCSN)
How things stand after the night’s results:
➜ Blue Jackets are tied 2-2 with the Bruins
➜ Colorado and San Jose are tied 2-2
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