COLUMBUS, Ohio — Left winger Loui Eriksson scored a tap-in goal 33 seconds into overtime, leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug gave Eriksson a perfect setup on the doorstep with the two clubs playing three-on-three.
Center Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 stops.
The Blue Jackets’ only goal was scored on a first-period penalty shot by center Alexander Wennberg.
Rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, making his 10th consecutive start in place of injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky, finished with 28 saves.
The Blue Jackets, despite the loss, are 6-1-2 in their past nine games. They were gunning for only their second three-game winning streak of the season.
The Blue Jackets (23-28-7) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
Wennberg was sprung on a breakaway by a nifty pass from Blue Jackets left winger Scott Hartnell, but Wennberg didn’t get a shot off because he was hooked by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.
On the first penalty shot of the season for the Blue Jackets, and the first of Wennberg’s career, he switched to his backhand at half-speed and quickly roofed a shot over Rask’s left shoulder to make it 1-0.
The Bruins pulled even at 14:28 of the opening period. A turnover by Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones gave the puck to Bergeron with a clear shooting lane on Korpisalo.
Bergeron, who missed the previous two games with an undisclosed injury, rifled the puck between Korpisalo’s glove and pad for his 22nd goal of the season.
Other than Wennberg’s penalty shot and the turnover Bergeron converted, both teams played a very tight, fast-paced game with plenty of physicality.
NOTES: Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed) and D Adam McQuaid (upper body) were both deemed “game-time decisions,” but both played. Bergeron, who missed two games, skated between LW Brad Marchand and RW Brett Connolly. McQuaid, who missed 18 games, joined D Dennis Seidenberg on the second pairing. … Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) and RW David Clarkson resumed skating, but there is no timetable for their return. … Blue Jackets G Curtis McElhinney was activated from injured reserve and served as G Joonas Korpisalo’s backup.