BOSTON – The Columbus Blue Jackets are apparently not impressed with the TD Garden home-ice advantage for the Boston Bruins.
The Blue Jackets outlasted a clearly fatigued Bruins team with a 3-2 win in double-overtime on Saturday night during Game 2 at TD Garden. Matt Duchene scored a power play goal game-winner win double-OT with Patrice Bergeron in the penalty box for a tripping call, and some key mistakes (a Charlie Coyle D-zone turnover, Jake DeBrusk passing up a point-blank shot at the Columbus net) by the Bruins along with a dominant Sergei Bobrovsky performance doomed them to play things out in extra sessions.
With the series tied 1-1 and headed back to Columbus for Games 3 and 4, veteran forward Brandon Dubinsky was asked by NBC4 Columbus postgame what it was going to be like back at Nationwide Arena. Dubinsky opted to take a shot at Bruins fans and the noise level at TD Garden for Games 1 and 2 after the BJ’s big win.
“I don’t know,” said Dubinsky. “I can tell you it’s going to be a hell of a lot louder [at Nationwide Arena] than it was here in Boston.”
Clearly it was a bit of a throwaway line at the end of a postgame interview in the hallway and Bruins fans were silenced by the double-overtime outcome. But it also feels like the Blue Jackets are looking to mix it up with the Bruins, and their fan base, in any way they can as the series keeps taking a turn for the nasty.
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