The Columbus Blue Jackets battled back from a 2-0 and 3-1 deficit in the third period of Game 5 to tie the score at three apiece. However, David Pastrnak scored his sixth goal of the postseason to give Boston a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will be played in Columbus, Ohio tonight with the puck drop scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Five days ago the CBJ held a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup against the Boston Bruins. Since then, the Jackets have failed to score a power-play goal and the B’s scored first in both Game 4 and Game 5 en route to right now. Tonight the Jackets will either force force a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night or have their season come to an end.
Head Coach John Tortorella was confident in his team after the Game 5 loss:
We’ll be back here for Game 7.
The guarantee from Torts sparks plenty of excitement, but it’s the actions of the team on the ice (of course) that will decide whether or not a trip back to Boston will be in the cards.
Columbus scored three goals in a matter of only 3:25 after trailing 2-0 through 50 minutes on Saturday night. The outburst was impressive, but one has to wonder how it took so long for the team to finally get going.
The inconsistency was evident in Game 5, with the Jackets going from inept to on fire (apart from Sergei Bobrovsky) seemingly out of nowhere.
The Columbus Blue Jackets barely made it into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The same team also swept the Tampa Bay Lightning. Who are these guys?
Tortorella had this to say about what he saw from his club following Game 5:
I have no problem with the, the intensity of our club…We need guys being more creative and, and making more plays throughout a sixty minute game.
Perhaps a consistent 60-minute effort along with plenty of scoring opportunities could be the antidote to get the Jackets back on track.
It’s also worth noting that Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal of the current postseason on Saturday night. Dzingel hasn’t made the impact fans had hoped for since being traded to Columbus, with 4 goals and 8 assists in 21 regular-season games. Perhaps Dzingel’s impressive top-shelf goal gives him a confidence boost that ends up paying off tonight.
Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, and Cam Atkinson all failed to register a goal in Game 5. With the Jackets facing elimination, it’s safe to say the stars on Columbus’ roster will likely rise to the occasion.
It’s the first elimination game for the CBJ in 2019. We’ll see how they handle the pressure on home ice later tonight…