What a game.
No matter the outcome, this game was always going to be interesting due to the first couple of game's outcomes. It was as close as it could be in a couple of games. The goals were scored in tight, and any offense took place off of a mistake.
A win was always going to come from the Columbus Blue Jackets doing what they do best. Scoring but doing it down low. It wasn't going to happen easily. They would need to work and work to find a goal.
The first period was mostly a stalemate. While the Nationwide Arena crowd was pushing for a goal, it didn't come to fruition early on. Later on, in the first period, the Blue Jackets would get themselves a goal. It would only happen due to Boone Jenner's independent work that would give him enough room that provided the opening goal.
The second period ended up being much more even when it was all said and done. Matt Duchene would score off of a rebound but overall within the period; they weren't able to add much more to the scoreline. With less than a minute left, the Blue Jackets would allow the Bruins to score a goal. Jake Debrusk would get the puck across the line and make it into an entirely different game.
The third period saw the Bruins chasing the play, but it didn't happen at the frequency that the Blue Jackets were hoping. The advantage at first looked like it was going to be a big one. The Bruins were playing as if the noise wasn't that big of a factor. The Bruins couldn't sustain play, and because of it, the Blue Jackets were able to eek out the win.
The series lead is now in the Blue Jackets favor. There were plenty of clearances in the final minute that ensured that Columbus didn't let in the final goal. It showed just how important the final goal of the game would be. It would never come though and Matt Duchene would provide the game winner.
Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray and Adam McQuaid are all still out due to injury. Murray's is an upper body injury while Nutivaara and McQuaid are both upper body injuries, believed to be concussions.
The Blue Jackets next play the Boston Bruins on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm on NBCSN for Game 4 of the series.
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