Charlie Coyle tied the game in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5 minutes 15 seconds gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for host Boston, which took a 1-0 lead on Noel Acciari’s short-handed goal in the first period but then fell behind in the third when Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 13 seconds apart.
Coyle tied it when he one-timed a backhanded centering pass from Marcus Johansson into the net with 4:35 left to force overtime. He ended it in the extra period by deflecting a shot from Johansson into the net.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for the Blue Jackets, who swept Tampa Bay, which had the top regular-season record in the N.H.L., in the first round.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the best-of-seven series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.
The Blue Jackets, the last team to qualify for the playoffs, knocked out the Lightning in four games for their first-ever playoff series victory. While Columbus waited more than a week for an opponent, Boston tangled with Toronto for seven games before finally advancing on Tuesday night.
The Bruins did not seem tired, outshooting Columbus by 12-1 early in the game and scoring short-handed midway through the first after Coyle was sent off for hooking. Acciari brought the puck into the zone with Joakim Nordstrom waiting for the centering pass, but Acciari snapped off a wrist shot that beat Bobrovsky on the stick side.
It remained 1-0 until Nash forced Coyle’s turnover at the blue line and then deflected a shot from Seth Jones into Dubinsky and past Rask to tie the score with 12:21 left in regulation. The Blue Jackets were right back at it after the face-off, bringing the puck the length of the ice from behind their own net before Artemi Panarin’s slap shot deflected off the back of Dubois’s leg and into the net.
N.H.L. SAID TO APOLOGIZE The owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, Bill Foley, said that a senior N.H.L. executive phoned him to apologize for a game-changing penalty called during his team’s Game 7 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Foley, said the call came the morning after Vegas lost, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday night to end the first-round series. Foley said that the penalty call, a five-minute major and a game misconduct on Cody Eakin for crosschecking the Sharks’ captain, Joe Pavelski, came from an executive who is “about as senior as you can get,” but he did not want to identify him.
Foley, who called the referees’ decision “infuriating,” said the executive admitted it was a “bad call.” Foley added that the apology made him “feel a little better after that.”
Sharks Coach Peter DeBoer said Pavelski, who left the ice woozy and bloodied and did not return, was not expected to be cleared for Game 1 of the second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.