NHL Postseason Caterwaul: Rask blanks Blue Jackets as Bruins move on

Avalanche force Game 7 with overtime win over Sharks

Tuukka Rask made 39 saves to backstop the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Bruins won the series in six hard-fought games and will advance to play the upstart Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. David Krejci scored in the first period and Marcus Johansson and David Backes added goals 1:41 apart midway through the third to clinch it for the Bruins. Krejci also drew an assist on Backes’ marker. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in what was most likely his last game in Columbus. Will the two-time Vezina winner be a member of the Florida Panthers come July? Stayed tuned.

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Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime, and the Avalanche avoided elimination with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 at Pepsi Center in Denver. Landeskog knocked down rookie Cale Makar’s shot from the point and swiped a shot by Martin Jones to send the series back to San Jose for Game 7 on Wednesday. J.T. Compher scored twice and Tyson Jost notched the other Colorado goal. Marc-Edouard Vlasic tallied twice for the Sharks. His second goal came with 2:28 remaining in regulation to send the game to a fourth period. Brent Burns picked up the other San Jose goal.

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Tonight’s game

  • Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues 8 p.m. NBCSN (Series tied 3-3)/

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