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NHL Postseason Caterwaul: Bruins bounce back to even series with Blue Jackets

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Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche blank Sharks

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Early goals from David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a lead they would not relinquish in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Sean Kuraly and Bergeron added third period goals and Tuukka Rask finished with 39 saves (including a penalty shot stop on Boone Jenner) as Boston evened the series at two apiece. Artemi Panarin notched the only Columbus goal to halve the deficit in the first period, although it should not have counted.

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Nathan MacKinnon, Colin Wilson and Erik Johnson scored the goals and goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves to earn his first career playoff shutout as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on home ice to even the series. MacKinnon opened the scoring 10:34 into the second period to extend his point streak to eight games. Mikko Rantanen drew assists on the first two Avalanche goals. The Sharks wasted a strong performance from Martin Jones, who stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced.

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Aleksi Heponiemi and Karpat were shut out 1-0 by HPK in Game 6 of the Liiga final. The series will go to a decisive seventh game which will be hosted by Kapat in Oulu on Saturday. Valtteri Puustinen scored the only goal of the game. Heponiemi logged 15:31 of ice time, registered two shots on goal and finished with a -1 rating.

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