Bruins Take Down Blue Jackets, Clinch Home Ice In First Round of Playoffs

BY MITCH STACY

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jake DeBrusk had two goals and an assist, Tuuka Rask made 32 saves and the Boston Bruins denied Columbus a chance to clinch a playoff spot, beating the Blue Jackets 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand and Karson Kuhlman each had a goal and an assist for the playoff-bound Bruins, who stopped a two-game slide and strengthened their grip on second place in the Atlantic Division. Marcus Johansson and David Pastrnak also scored.

The postseason situation is murkier for Columbus, which could have clinched a wild card with a regulation win and a loss by Montreal. The Blue Jackets started the day in the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.