After showing some rust early on, the Blue Jackets seemed to gradually find their game in game one of their second round series in Boston, but they still trailed 1-0 early in the third period. That's when lightning struck twice in the span of 13 seconds. Brandon Dubinsky's goal--a double deflection, off a shot by Seth Jones and a tip by Riley Nash--tied the game at one and then a bullet by Artemi Panarin deflected off the leg of Pierre-Luc Dubois seconds later gave the Jackets a stunning quick 2-1 lead with 12:08 left.
Unfortunately for the Jackets, Boston in general and Charlie Coyle in particular responded. Goals by Coyle with just under five minutes left in regulation and then about five minutes into overtime gave the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead. While the Jackets let a third period lead get away, there certainly are positives to take out of the opener. It was a game--especially early--when the Jackets were outplayed. In the end, they were out-shot 37-22 and yet they nearly stole it. The rust from the nine days between games was apparent. Hopefully, that's gone now and the Jackets can dig in and have success Saturday night.
Also apparent in game one is that this could be a chippy series. It was a physical game and its clear these teams aren't afraid to mix it up. Boston's Brad Marchand played his role as antagonist, breaking the blade of Cam Atkinson's stick before an overtime face-off. He and Atkinson then exchanged words and shoves. You get the feeling we'll see a lot more of this as this series develops.
The Jackets will try to even the series Saturday night. The game will be nationally televised on NBC, so you'll see the CBJ in the spotlight on Channel 4 at 8:00. After that, Nationwide Arena will host a second round playoff game for the first time ever when the Jackets host Boston in game three Tuesday night and game four Thursday. Here's more reaction from the Jackets after the game one loss.