Without Zdeno Chara for the third period tonight, the Bruins had to dodge a bullet.
They used all their grit and some great relief goaltending from Tuukka Rask to get by the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road.
Chara left the game and did not return after there was about six minutes left in the second period. NESN replays showed a collision with Columbus forward Antoine Vermette that seemed to bend the defenseman’s knee the wrong way. After the game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien told NESN it was a lower-body injury and Chara was still being evaluated.
Joe Corvo scored his first two goals with the Bruins, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 victory that snapped Boston’s losing streak at two games. The Bruins were 3-for-6 on the power play and Rask stopped 11 of 11 shots in the third period.
Tim Thomas departed after two periods — the first time he was pulled since a 5-2 loss at Toronto last March 19. He allowed three goals on 25 shots. Julien said he didn’t think Thomas looked comfortable through the first 40 minutes.
Milan Lucic recorded three assists, while linemate David Krejci picked up two assists.