Shots on Goal: Blue Jackets defeat Bruins in OT, 5-4
Former Boston College alum Cam Atkinson netted the game winner at 2:55 of overtime to propel the Columbus Blue Jackets to their eighth straight win, and a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins Monday night at the TD Garden.
Backup netminder Joonas Korpisalo got the start and win for the Jackets stopping 37 of 38 shots, while Boone Jenner, Sonny Milano, Thomas Vanek and Artemi Panarin put points on the board for Columbus.
The first 30 minutes seemed like this was going to be a tight one. Columbus was up 1-0 on Jenner’s 11th goal of the season, despite Boston out-shooting Columbus. Korpisalo had an answer to all of Boston’s offerings, including a six-save effort during a Boston power-play.
But midway through the second, Boston found life from their newest player, Ryan Donato who left Harvard University the day before to turn pro with the Bruins. Donato, 21, is a 2014 second-round draft pick of Boston and the son of former Bruin and current Harvard coach Ted Donato.
Donato scored the first of three second period Bruins goals with a one-timer from the right face-off dot. Boston’s leading scorer, Brad Marchand got in on the fun with a short side backhander over Korpisalo’s glove to make it 2-1, before Riley Nash capped off the B’s trifecta with a power-play goal during a scrum in front of the net.
Just 25 seconds later Columbus took one back when Milano tipped a Ryan Murray shot into the net. Vanek tipped Marcus Nutivaara’s shot from the slot at 5:28 in the third to tie it at 3-3, before Panarin blasted a shot off the faceoff by Rask to put the Blue Jackets in the lead 4-3. David Krejci’s 17th goal of the season at 11:50 sent the game into overtime.
Overtime saw a bit of controversy when Brad Marchand skated in on Korpisalo on a breakaway but felt he was held by Pierre-Luc Dubois. What might have been a penalty shot or at least a power-play turned into a non-call before Atkinson sent the Bruins to their first home loss in eight games.