3 Things: Bobrovsky is Outstanding Yet Again, Duchene Scores Another Game-Winning Goal, and Jenner Steps Up

By Jacob Nitzberg on April 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
Apr 30, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a glove save in net against the Boston Bruins in the second period during game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena.
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It wasn't pretty.

At times, they were hanging on for dear life

However, the boys in blue got the job done, defeating the Boston Bruins, 2-1. With the victory, the Blue Jackets also claimed a 2-1 series lead.

Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky turned in yet another ridiculous performance.

Let's get into three things from tonight's huge win.

Jenner Starts the Scoring

The rugged center had his moment of the playoffs thus far, as he used a nasty deke to open up the ice and fire a wrister past Tuukka Rask to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. 

It was Jenner's first goal of the postseason, and his 7th postseason goal of his career. The assists went to Riley Nash and Scott Harrington.

While the Brandon Dubinsky-Jenner-Nash line didn't have the same impact that it did in Game 2 in terms of puck possession and chance creation, it did produce a goal.

One could argue that's even better. 

Duchene Gets Another Game Winner

Duchene tallied his second straight game-winning goal for the Blue Jackets when he potted a rebound on the power play in the second period to give Columbus a 2-0 lead. 

He's been a revelation in the playoffs for the Blue Jackets. That power play goal was his fifth goal of the postseason, and every game he seems to gel more with his teammates and line mates. 

His strength while on the puck, vision, and positioning makes him a threat from anywhere on the ice, and he proved that tonight.

Bobrovsky Continues His Incredible Run

In the 2019 playoffs, Bobrovsky is now 6-1 with a sub-2.00 GAA. That's a pretty good recipe for success, even against the two excellent hockey teams that the Blue Jackets have played thus far.

He made several incredible saves tonight, which were on par with his performances in this year's postseason.

The Bruins dominated most of the third period, but they couldn't find a way past Bobrovsky. They hit posts and crossbars, but couldn't find the twine due to the flexibility, strength, and perseverance of the Russian netminder.

Bobrovsky has been a force this postseason, and it's been a revelation for Columbus. His play has been one of the biggest reasons why the Blue Jackets are in the position they're in now.

What a moment for Columbus.

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