Svoboda On Bruins/Blue Jackets: "It's Anybody's Game"

With Boston and Columbus so evenly matched, don't be surprised if the series goes the distance

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 03, 2019 - 9:40 am
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Through the first three games of their second-round playoff series, the Columbus Blue Jackets held the Boston Bruins in check, allowing just six goals in 12 periods to take a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4, however, was a different story. The Blue Jackets allowed two first-period goals and lost, 4-1, on Thursday. It was the first game of the series decide by more than one goal.

“I think it was a matter of time until the Boston guys got on the board,” Blue Jackets insider Jeff Svoboda said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They’re just too good of players. At some point, they were going to score. The first couple games, Columbus played them well, but it’s one of those things in hockey where they had some shots go wide or they had some shots at the post or (Sergei) Bobrovsky made some really good saves, especially on Patrice Bergeron in Games 2 and 3. Tonight, they just went in the net. Sometimes that’s the way the sport goes.”

David Pastrnak scored an even-strength goal to give Boston a 1-0 lead, and Bergeron followed with a power-play goal to make it 2-0. Sean Kuraly scored in the third period to make it 3-1, and Bergeron capped the scoring with another power-play goal in the final minutes.

“If you’re Boston, that’s what you needed to see,” Svoboda said. “Columbus did such a good job against Tampa Bay’s big guns and then did the same thing against Boston’s big guns. If you’re going to win this series if you’re Boston, the big guys had to show up. Finally they did tonight and they were able to put the puck in the net instead of missing by an inch or two. That has to give Boston a lot of confidence, but I know these Blue Jackets aren’t all that worried, either. They’ve stayed even-keel through this whole thing and they know that if they keep playing the way they’re playing, they’re going to have their chances as well.”

Game 5 is Saturday in Boston, with Game 6 to follow Monday in Columbus. Game 7, if necessary, is Wednesday.

“It’s one of those series that just keeps going back and forth, and it’s anybody’s game when these two teams take the ice,” Svoboda said. “They’re so similar and so evenly matched. It’s just been such a fascinating series.”

Click below to listen to Svoboda’s interview in its entirety.