NHL Postseason Caterwaul: Bruins and Blues win to open second round

Coyle and Tarasenko shine on Thursday night

Hometown boy Charlie Coyle scored with 4:35 left in regulation to tie the game and then bagged the game-winner 5:15 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the rusty Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the series. Marcus Johansson had the primary assist on both goals. The Bruins led 1-0 on Noel Acciari’s shorthanded marker for much of the tilt until Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 13 seconds apart in the third period. Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves to help keep the Blue Jackets in the game.

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Vladimir Tarasenko scored back-to-back goals to snap a one all tie as the St. Louis Blues held off the Dallas Stars for a 3-2 win on home ice in Game 1 of the series. Robby Fabbri opened the scoring and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the Blues. Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn got the goals for Dallas.

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Tonight’s games

  • Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders 7 p.m. NBCSN
  • Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks 10 p.m. NBCSN/

Panthers prospects

HPK shut out Aleksi Heponiemi and Karpat in Game 3 of the Liiga final in Finland to take a 2-1 series lead. Heponiemi logged 15:35 of ice time and finished the game with a -1 rating.

Owen Tippett and the Saginaw Spirit will the host the Guelph Storm tonight at 7:07 p.m. in Game 5 of the OHL Western Conference final. The Spirit lead the series three games to one. A win will put Saginaw in the championship round against Ottawa.