Johansson, who was traded from the Devils to the Boston Bruins minutes ahead of the National Hockey League trade deadline in February, finished with one goal and one assist in the Bruins' 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston. But the Bruins clicked into their own game when given big opportunities in the third to run away with it. Things likely won't be any easier for the Hurricanes once McAvoy, who has had a stellar postseason, returns for Game 2 on Sunday.
He played in 35 games for Boston during the regular season and now two games in the playoffs, totaling four goals and three assists.
"We peppered him", Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "Guys they know it, they got to dig in". I don't think you get this far by accident.
"I hear people say, "we gotta weather the first 10 minutes. He's been in a real good place, consistent, just solid and composed".
Johansson finished with a goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in 14:19 of ice time while putting up two shots on net, four shot attempts and a blocked shot in an active night for him. Johansson slammed home a rebound of Brad Marchand's shot to tie it, and just 15 seconds later the Bruins were back on the power play when Dougie Hamilton was given two minutes for roughing. That allowed Rask to get through a gritty series with the Toronto Maple Leafs while still remaining fresh for a six-game bout with the Blue Jackets.
"We just have to remember how tough it is in the playoffs", Columbus forward Cam Atkinson said. Zdeno Chara took a shot to the ankle while killing a penalty later in the period and went to the locker room, but returned to the bench as the puck was being dropped to start the middle frame. Andrei Svechnikov missed a lot of the first round and half of the second round but has been great in the five playoff games that he's appeared in-scoring three goals with one assist while posting an impressive 58.88 CF% and has not been on the ice for a 5v5 goal-against yet. D Adam Clendening also was scratched after playing in the last seven playoff games. That win came without one of their best defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, who was serving a one-game suspension for a hit he threw in Game 6 against the Blue Jackets.
Now that the eastern conference final is decided the predictions cone down to the "alleged" bunch of jerks or the team made up of jerks.