Bruins take series lead in game with 6 goals in one period

David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game with 1:28 left to cap a wild third period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots to help the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

Rask got some help from the post when Matt Duchene stretched out to try to tip the tying goal in with less than a minute remaining and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky off for an extra skater. In all, six goals were scored in the third, four during a 3½-minute span that turned Boston’s 2-0 lead into a 3-3 tie.

Brad Marchand added a goal and two assists, and David Krejci also scored for Boston.

“They break through the other night and now they’re feeling good about themselves,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They’re dominant when they’re on. And when they’re feeling it, it’s a tall task for the other team.”

Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who need a win in Game 6 on Monday in Columbus to force the series back to Boston for a decisive seventh game on Wednesday.

“Things happen for a reason. I truly believe that,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “We’ll be back here for Game 7.”

Van Riemsdyk out: Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs after having shoulder surgery. General manager Don Waddell said van Riemsdyk, 27, underwent surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss four to six months.

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