There were just two games on the card tonight in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Game one had the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to tie up their series against arch rivals the Bostons Bruins.
Then 30 minutes later, Washington were hoping to do what Columbus did to them in their home barn and defeat them twice on home ice.
Here’s how your Thursday night hockey went:
Boston Bruins 3 – 1 Toronto Maple Leafs
(Bruins lead series 3-1)
Boston was missing a key player in this one after top-line centre Patrice Bergeron was ruled out with an upper-body injury earlier today.
Despite that, the Bruins got themselves off to a fantastic start when Torey Krug netted his first of postseason just 28 seconds into the opening frame. It was a shot that Frederick Anderson never saw coming due to the perfect screen in front from Bergeron’s replacement, Riley Nash.
Soon after, Mr. Turtleneck himself, Tomas Plekanec equalized for Toronto with his first goal in Maple Leaf colours.
Boston would go on to add a couple more goals from Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk to give them a 3-1 victory.
The Leafs honestly dominated this game and were unfortunate not to win. A big reason for the Bruins coming out on top has got to be Tuukka Rask. Rask didn’t have a very good game three, allowing four goals on 30 shots, but stepping up for Boston in this one stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced. The highlight save came at midway through the second when I denied Mitch Marner on a breakaway. At that point, the game was tied at 1-1, and a goal then could’ve changed the outcome of the game for sure.
These two will face-off again Saturday night in Boston.
Washington Capitals 4 – 1 Columbus Blue Jackets
(Series is tied at 2-2)
For the fourth straight game, Washington was the first team on the board. This time, Tom Wilson was the goalscorer after a one-timer flew by Sergei Bobrovsky.
The scoring continued when TJ Oshie put away a rebound in the second period to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. Washington would score again at the start of the third when Alex Ovechkin netted his third of the series.
Boone Jenner got Columbus on the board early in the third, but that would be the only goal Columbus could get for themselves.
Evgeny Kuznetsov wrapped up the game with an empty-netter.
Columbus wasn’t able to produce many great scoring opportunities in this one. And when you watch the highlights for this game, the most Blue Jackets highlights you’ll see are Bobrovsky making great save. If it wasn’t for him, the scoreline could’ve been much worse.
Washington and Columbus will now head to the capital city for game five this Saturday.