Blue Jackets' heavy checking shuts down opponents' stars

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They needed seven games to take down a struggling Toronto team in the first round and now they are down 2-1 to a Columbus team that is the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The puck quite clearly hit the netting, but the officials didn't see it.

Though the National Hockey League had not announced any disciplinary action for Marchand as of Wednesday morning, his punch thrown at Columbus' Harrington appears to have brought the controversy back.

The coach wasn't pleased about the forward's first of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which came in Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, a cross-checking infraction at the end of the first period. "I think we did a good job of that at times, but we just didn't find the loose pucks", Cassidy said after practice on Wednesday. The under is 7-3 in Bruins last 10 overall.

The Blue Jackets' first goal of Game 4 comes with considerable controversy.

The Blue Jackets offensive production is not like it's the Kansas City Chiefs from this past season. Columbus is the aggressor and they have overwhelmed and frustrated the Bruins top line. The Bruins have six total goals in the series and they are seeing their fortunes decline. Bobrovsky tried to swat it away, but in doing so, the puck struck David Savard and dropped right at the skates of Kuraly, who was right above the crease.

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These are two examples of what the Bruins need to get back to on the power play, with DeBrusk driving the net for tips, and more stationary bodies in front of the net for tips and rebounds. "Games go on, and I'll worry about the next one".

"I'm not overly concerned about what's said in the media or what fans say".

Goalie Tuukka Rask and his blue-liners have played almost as stout and his team is 6-0 Under in road games after scoring two goals or less in two straight games this season. The Bruins were stellar in Game 1, controlling 67% of the shot attempts and 58.4% of the expected goals.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to improve on their 6-1 playoff record while taking a comfortable 3-1 series lead. The Blue Jackets have gone 25-19 here at home and they have averaged 3.30 gpg and have allowed 2.93 gpg in those games. You're going to take penalties through the course of a game if you're competing. Marchand generated three shots on goal in each of the past three games, plus five against Toronto in that Game 7.

You don't have as much time to work your way out of it, so there's a little bit of that going on, I would assume, with our group.

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