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Bruins line things up just right to beat Blue Jackets

Austin Czarnik scored as part of the Bruins’ four-goal first period.JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

On Thursday’s opening shift, Brad Marchand picked off Zach Werenski’s pass and closed in on the Columbus net, only to have Sergei Bobrovsky turn back his point-blank chance with a quick left pad. It was one of eight shots by Marchand and fellow first-liners Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak that did not find the back of the net.

But the other three lines carried the offense in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over Columbus at TD Garden. The Bruins shook off a 1-0 deficit to blow the game open with a four-goal explosion, chasing Bobrovsky after just 12:48 of play.

“We score five and Bergy’s line, which has done the lion’s share of the scoring this year, isn’t part of that is a good sign,” said David Backes, who netted the team’s fifth goal at 11:51 of the second. “They’ve carried us for probably the first 12 games and done the majority of it. To have everyone else chipping in, it’s a great sign. It’s even-strength goals, which means we’re working for them, finding the tough areas, and burying pucks.”

The Bruins had pulled so far ahead of the Blue Jackets that they were able to laugh off a third-period own goal by Colin Miller. Sam Gagner, the last Jacket to touch the puck, was credited with one of the easiest goals of his career when Miller lost the handle and surprised Tuukka Rask at 8:40.


Otherwise, Rask turned in a low-event 15-save performance. At 2:29 of the first, Rask couldn’t do anything about Nick Foligno’s blocker-side snapper that gave Columbus a 1-0 lead. But Rask didn’t have to do much else. His teammates took charge during a 4:01 span in the first in which they turned a one-goal deficit into a 4-1 lead.

“For some reason, we didn’t get the real good start we wanted,” said coach Claude Julien. “If there’s anything Columbus does really well, it’s their starts. Their first periods have been really, really good this year. They’ve always had good starts. The first time we went there, we were down, 2-0. Last night within 5-6 minutes, they’re up, 2-0, over Anaheim. They always have good starts. They scored that goal, and it was important for us to stay focused and stay calm.”


Torey Krug initiated the first response. After playing catch with David Krejci along the left wall and at the point, Krug wound up for a slapper. With Backes setting a screen, Bobrovsky couldn’t spot Krug’s shot until it had glanced off Scott Hartnell and zoomed into the net at 8:47 of the first. It was Krug’s first goal.

The third line, absent at the start of the season, took over from there.

After the Jackets botched a D-to-D exchange in their zone, Austin Czarnik sprinted toward the net and saw Matt Beleskey breaking for the top of the crease. Czarnik snapped the puck to Beleskey, who fired a shot through Bobrovsky at 9:55. It was also Beleskey’s first goal.

“I was hoping so,” Beleskey said with a laugh when asked if he felt his first was close. “I think it’s a matter of time. When you keep doing the right things, getting good shots, getting to the net, eventually you’re going to get some good bounces.”

Czarnik was on the receiving end of the next goal. Zdeno Chara started the sequence with a sharp stretch pass to Beleskey. Because Chara’s pass was long and accurate, it caught the Jackets scrambling to adjust. The Bruins took advantage of the breakdown. Beleskey started a three-on-two rush that ended with Czarnik burying a short-distance strike at 12:24.


Austin Czarnik beat Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Twenty-four seconds later, the Bruins capped their four-goal rally. Tim Schaller jumped on a loose puck and fired a backhander over Bobrovsky that glanced off the camera attached to the top of the net. Play continued when the puck bounced out of the net. But on the next stoppage, video review confirmed the puck had crossed the line at 12:48. Jimmy Hayes was originally credited with the goal.

That was enough for Columbus coach John Tortorella to call for Curtis McElhinney to finish the night. McElhinney had no chance in the next period to turn back Backes’s uncontested shot that gave the Bruins a 5-1 lead.

David Backes beat Curtis McElhinney for a second period goal.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

It was Backes’s third goal, ending a seven-game run in which he failed to find the back of the net.

“My line in particular is trending in a great direction,” Backes said. “I think you’re seeing Ryan Spooner with more confidence. He’s using his great assets, which is speed and ability to make plays. Krech has his vision and ability to control the ice and make things happen at his speed. I get in somebody’s way, hopefully get open, and find the back of the net. We had a ton of shots and a ton of chances the last two games. We get rewarded tonight with a couple there. That confidence seems to be something that will build.”


Bruin David Krejci gave his stick to a member of the military after he was picked No.. 1 star of the game. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Box score: Bruins 5, Blue Jackets 2

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.