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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Boston



(Thursday, November 14th)

Final Score: Boston 3, Columbus 2 (OT)

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Milan Lucic's breakaway goal with 48.6 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Boston Bruins to a fourth straight victory, a 3-2 decision over the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden.

Chad Johnson helped extend Boston's streak with a sharp 32-save effort between the pipes, with Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton collecting goals in regulation for the Bruins.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots in the loss, the seventh in eight games and sixth in a row on the road for the Blue Jackets. Blake Comeau and Nick Foligno accounted for the lone Columbus goals.

"It's still an empty feeling," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards about earning a point. "There were a lot of good things in the third period, but it's still the result. You know, we need to win games and we need two points here, not just one."

Following a scoreless third period that carried over into the initial four minutes of overtime, Lucic prevented the game from entering a shootout with an outstanding defensive play in his own zone. The physical forward blocked a shot attempt by the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, then cradled the loose puck and raced down the ice uncontested before sliding a shot between Bobrovsky's pads for the clincher.

"When I saw him go on a breakaway, I put my head down and I was like 'Oh, please score,' because these are points we need," said Johnson. "There's always teams you think you should get points off of, and we really wanted to get the two points tonight."

Boston was able to send the contest into extra time largely behind Johnson, who was up to the task when Columbus outshot the Bruins by a 9-2 count while dominating the first 10 minutes of the third period. Boston also killed off an interference penalty to Brad Marchand with 7:24 left to preserve the 2-2 deadlock.

"He made some huge saves in the third and kept us in it," said Marchand of Johnson. "He did a great job today."

Columbus opened the scoring with 7:12 left in the first period, when Mark Letestu beat Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the puck deep in the Boston zone and sent a no-look drop pass that Comeau buried while left all alone in front.

Zdeno Chara's long drive from near the blue line that deflected off Eriksson's left skate and in knotted the score with 1:50 remaining in the opening session, and the Bruins moved ahead midway through the second period.

Taking in a feed from Gregory Campbell, Thornton wound up and fired a shot from the right wing that caromed off Columbus' Jack Johnson and sailed over Bobrovsky's shoulder for his second goal of the season.

Foligno, who had missed three of the Jackets' last four games while tending to a family matter, pulled his team even by following up his own rebound with a successful backhand attempt 3:26 prior to the second intermission.

Game Notes

After holding Columbus to an 0-for-4 night on the power play, the Bruins have now killed off 26 straight penalties dating back to Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh ... Boston defenseman Torey Krug assisted on Thornton's goal to extend his point streak to five games ... Letestu skated in his 200th NHL game ... Boston has now won the last five meetings between the new Eastern Conference cohorts, including a 3-1 verdict in Columbus on Oct. 12.

11/15 00:29:49 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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