National Hockey League
Columbus 2, Boston 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 2, 2020
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Jake Brenk, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Tony Sericolo
Attendance: 17850

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 52 seconds into overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied past the host Boston Bruins 2-1 Thursday night.

Sonny Milano tied the game early in the third period, and Elvis Merzlikins made 26 saves as the Blue Jackets won for the seventh time in their last nine games. Columbus extended its points streak to 12 games (8-0-4).

David Pastrnak became the first player in the league to reach 30 goals on the season for the Bruins, who extended their points streak to nine (4-0-5). Tuukka Rask, making his 500th NHL start, stopped 31 shots.

Dubois completed a 2-on-1 up ice early in the extra period with a one-timer off a feed from Seth Jones to complete Columbus' rally from a 1-0 deficit entering the third.

The Blue Jackets started the period with 1:15 left on a power play that the Bruins killed. Columbus was able to maintain possession in the attacking zone after, knotting the score when Milano, playing his first game since Dec. 14 due to an upper-body injury, knocked the puck in off the skate of Matt Grzelcyk at 2:06.

Pastrnak rung the post midway through the third, but neither team would find the net again until overtime.

Just 17 seconds into the contest it appeared the Blue Jackets scored after Gustav Nyquist was initially awarded a goal off a Sean Kuraly turnover. However, Boston challenged the call, and the officials overturned the goal after determining Boone Jenner interfered with Rask in the crease on the shot.

From that point, the game went scoreless until Pastrnak struck five seconds into a power play at 11:07 of the second period. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff and dished back to Torey Krug, who passed to Pastrnak for a one-timer through traffic and over the glove of Merzlikins.

Pastrnak reached 30 goals in 42 games, the fastest by a Bruin since Cam Neely in 1993-94 (27 games). Pastrnak extended his points streak to nine games (four goals, 10 assists).

-Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Boston
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Points David Pastrnak 1
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Goals David Pastrnak 1
Nathan Gerbe 1 Assists Patrice Bergeron 1
N/A Power Play Goals David Pastrnak 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Elvis Merzlikins .962 Save Percentage Tuukka Rask .939
Elvis Merzlikins 25 Saves Tuukka Rask 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 33 2 0-2 1-2 4 15
Boston 26 1 1-2 2-2 4 29
Upcoming Games
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Bruins have a W/L % of .720 after a win and .353 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .435 after a loss.