Blue Jackets collapse in season opener, fall to Boston 6-3

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, left, of the Czech Republic, controls the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – David Backes and Brad Marchand each scored twice and the Boston Bruins overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

Backes, shifting to the first-line center position for injured Patrice Bergeron, scored both of his goals in a 3:36 span of in the second period to tie it at 3.

Backes’ steal in the third period led to a breakaway and Marchand’s put-back goal, and Marchand’s shot through the legs of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made it 5-3 with 4:20 left. David Pastrnak tapped in an empty-net goal in the last minute to complete the scoring.

Boston took 37 shots to Columbus’ 31. Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask didn’t allow another puck past him after Seth Jones’ goal from the slot 6:44 into the second period.

Columbus is trying to avoid last season’s disastrous start in which it lost the first eight games. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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