The Blue Jackets had every opportunity to claw back into this game, and ultimately, win the game.
They handed it to the Boston Bruins.
After falling behind early, then finding a way back into the game, the Blue Jackets gave up a late heart-breaker to David Pastrnak which led the Bruins to a 4-3 win at TD Garden in Game 5.
With the win, the Bruins moved to 3-2 in the series, needing just one win to eliminate the Blue Jackets. Despite not having its best game up and down the lineup, Columbus found a way to twice fight back from a two-goal deficits in the third period to tie the game, 3-3.
Seth Jones got Columbus on the board first with a shot that beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask inside the near post at 10:33 of the third. After a lengthy review by the league, it was determined the puck crossed the line and the Jackets were on the board.
Forty-three seconds later, Boston's David Pastrnak got his fifth of the postseason to make it 3-1 Bruins and suck the life out of the Blue Jackets' bench.
But Ryan Dzingel wasn't having it. At 12:07 of the final period, less than a minute after Pastrnak put the Bruins up two, the forward cut the lead to one again with a laser that beat Rask high blocker side – and from a tough angle.
Two minutes later, defenseman Dean Kukan got his first of the playoffs to tie the game. It was also the defenseman's first point of the season.
The game remained tied at three until the final 90 seconds when Pastrnak took a beautiful feed from teammate Brad Marchand to chip a goal past Bobrovsky for the winner.
Markus Nutivaara and Riley Nash, who both traveled with the team to Boston, did not play in Game 5 due to upper-body injuries. Defensemen Adam McQuaid and Ryan Murray did not travel for the game and remain out with injuries suffered during the regular season.
Game 6 is set for Monday night at Nationwide Arena, with a puck drop of 7 p.m. If the Blue Jackets lose, their season is over. With a win Monday night, they'll force Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.