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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 Game 1 OT win over the Blue Jackets

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 Game 1 OT win over the Blue Jackets

FINAL SCORE: BRUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2

IN BRIEF: Charlie Coyle scored 5:15 into overtime after scoring with four minutes left in regulation as the Bruins rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night at TD Garden. Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston.  BOX SCORE 

HIGHLIGHTS:

NOEL ACCIARI GETS B'S ON THE BOARD IN 1ST:

OLD FRIEND RILEY NASH TIES IT AT 1: 

13 SECOND LATER, PIERRE LUC DUBOIS PUTS CBJ AHEAD:

COYLE TIES IT FOR B'S WITH 4 MINUTES LEFT IN REGULATION:

COYLE AGAIN IN OT:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

*It’s amazing that the trade deadline acquisitions for the Bruins are finally coming through at the biggest moments. Charlie Coyle scored the tying goal and overtime game-winner and Marcus Johansson fed him the passes for both goals. That’s after both players figured into the scoring in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs. Both players were just okay in the regular season after arriving at the deadline, but have become much more prominent where when it really matters in the postseason. The winner was great, with Johansson feeding Coyle at the net for the tap-in that gives the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the series. 

*The bottom-six continues to provide for the Bruins. This time it was Noel Acciari shorthanded with a rush down the right wing after Charlie McAvoy poked the puck away from the Columbus power-play puck-carrier. That makes it four of the past seven goals that the B’s have scored have been powered by their third and fourth lines. Coyle added the other one in the third period to tie the score at 2 with four minutes left after collecting a beautiful Johansson feed cross-ice and firing it on the net.

*Seven shot attempts, two takeaways and 7-for-12 in the face-off circle for Patrice Bergeron in the first two periods. That bodes really well for the Bruins after he looked like something was nagging him physically in the first round against the Maple Leafs. One shot attempt and a minus-1 for David Pastrnak is at the other end of the spectrum and he continues to miss far and wide with a lot of his shot attempts. It seems as if something is wrong with him physically. 

*What a first period for the Bruins. As expected they caught the Blue Jackets completely unready to start this series and they hammered them while outshooting them 14-4 in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins had a ton of quality chances from Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the power play to McAvoy on a one-timer from the circle after a great David Krejci feed. The Bruins controlled play, attacked and generally looked to be Columbus’ equal in the speed and physicality department. Still, they couldn’t put more than Acciari’s shorthanded goal on the board and ended up allowing a pair of goals in the third period.  

UP NEXT:
Game 2: Saturday, @TD Garden, 8 p.m., NBC
Game 3: Tuesday, @Columbus, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Game 4: Thursday, May 2: @Columbus, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Network
*Game 5: Saturday, May 4: @TD Garden, 7:15 p.m., NBC
*Game 6: Monday, May 6: @Columbus, TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 8: @TD Garden, TBD

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Noel Acciari excited to return home, face Bruins as member of Panthers

Noel Acciari excited to return home, face Bruins as member of Panthers

Noel Acciari will return to TD Garden Tuesday night as a member of the Florida Panthers, and the Johnston, R.I. native is pretty excited. 

"I'm excited to be here. A different side, but still excited to be back. Expecting a really good game," Acciari said, according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "We'll see what happens. There's still a couple more things for me to go over to see if I can play, but if I can, it's gonna be very exciting. It will be fun for me. It will be different, that's for sure.

"Boston and New England is what I knew, but I had a great opportunity here in Florida. I thought it was the best opportunity for me and my family. I thought it was the next step in my career and I'm happy with my choice."

The grinder has missed the past three games for the Panthers with a lower-body injury, and head coach Joel Quenneville is looking forward to getting the gritty 27-year-old back in the lineup.

"He's been a real good fit for us right from the outset," Quenneville said, according to FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive. "He's a real good pro. He does everything you'd expect or want. He came from a real good organization, as far as doing things the right way."

And what exactly does Acciari do right? Quenneville detailed why the fourth-liner has been so reliable for his squad. 

"He's technically sound and has that responsibility and takes pride in being a defensive-type of guy," Quenneville said. "He takes a lot of D-zone faceoffs, kills penalties and blocks shots. He has scored some key goals for us as well. I think the priority for him and for us is to get those [tough] assignments."

Acciari isn't the only former Bruin returning to Boston Tuesday. Frank Vatrano, also a New England native, will take the ice in his third season with the Panthers. Brett Connolly, who spent 2014-16 with Boston, also will suit up. 

The B's will be looking to snap a three-game skid by grabbing two points at the Garden against a new-look Panthers squad. 

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Bruins looking for 'better, more consistent effort' in snapping three-game skid

Bruins looking for 'better, more consistent effort' in snapping three-game skid

BRIGHTON, Mass. — The Bruins are in the midst of their first extended losing streak of the season after dropping their third game in a row against the Flyers on Sunday night, and they are looking to end that stretch of futility with a couple of big divisional games next on the schedule.

On Tuesday night at TD Garden, the Bruins will host a Florida Panthers club that’s just four points behind the B’s and tied for third place in the Atlantic, and then Saturday will be another road showdown with arguably their most heated rival these days, the Maple Leafs.

After leaky goaltending, penalty troubles and a horrendous start marred each of their last three games, the Bruins are looking more at playing a better all-around brand of hockey than fine-tuning one specific area of their game.

“Consistency. Against Philly we didn’t finish the first period very well. The third period we got to our game and were the much better team. That’s typically how we play when we’re playing well, so that’s what we want to see more of,” said Bruce Cassidy. “We didn’t get the start we wanted in Detroit and Montreal, so the starts obviously and keeping it out of our net early. Some of that was we got ourselves into penalty trouble in Detroit, so that’s discipline. So better, more consistent effort from start to finish would be the formula right now.”

The Bruins have their challenges with Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug, David Backes and Brett Ritchie all injured and leaving Boston depleted in both the offense and size/strength departments, but the Black and Gold showed in the third period against Philly that they are still capable of playing at a very high level.

“You want to take what we did right in the third period against Philly and bring that for a full 60-minute effort this time around,” said Patrice Bergeron. “We’re playing a good team with a lot of skill, but if we take care of the way we play and the details… that’s how we’ve been successful in this league. You try to carry some of the positives over and leave the rest behind you.

“Every game is a new one and you need to be in that moment. Every year there’s ups and downs in an 82-game season and you obviously have to battle through [them]. We’re a team that loves challenges and we go from there.”

The common denominator in the losses to Detroit and Philly would be that they were against teams that weren’t in the playoffs last season, and perhaps the Bruins underestimated them this time around. That shouldn’t have been the case with a Flyers team that’s won four in a row and is right in the thick of things in the Metro Division, and it certainly won’t be the case against the Panthers or Maple Leafs, who are already nipping at their heels.

If the Bruins once again look this week like a hockey club unable to elevate their game or play like they did in the month of October, then it will be time to get concerned about the B’s after such an impressive start to the year.

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