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.

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci, bottom, of the Czech Republic, gets tangled with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Boston Bruins forward David Krejci, bottom, of the Czech Republic, gets tangled with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Oliver Bjorkstrand extended the longest active goal streak in the NHL to six games with a third-period tally for Columbus, which had won five in a row. Matt Duchene also scored.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 19 stops, but allowed four goals before being relieved by Joonas Korpisalo late in the second period. Korpisalo had three the rest of the way.

Boston got a bizarre break 1:58 into the game when a shot by DeBrusk bounced off the top of the net and straight into the air. On the way down, it hit Bobrovsky in the back and trickled in without him seeing it.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, works against Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, left, and forward David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, works against Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, left, and forward David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The Bruins went up 2-0 late in the first when Johansson banged in a rebound for his first goal since being acquire in a trade with New Jersey at the deadline last month.

Late in the second, Marchand tapped in a shot amid heavy traffic. DeBrusk got his second goal on a breakaway 46 seconds later, and Pastrnak made it 5-0 early in the third period.

Columbus answered with back-to-back power-play goals. Bjorkstrand, who has been on a tear, converted a shot from the top of the right circle. Duchene then got his 31st of the season at 9:14, but the Blue Jackets were unable to keep the momentum.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, center, of Russia, watches the puck in front of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, left, and Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, center, of Russia, watches the puck in front of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, left, and Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Kuhlman followed with Boston’s sixth goal with 9:32 left.

NOTES: Columbus D Adam McQuaid missed his third game with an upper-body injury. … Boston’s Bruce Cassidy coached his 300th NHL game. … Boston D Steven Kampfer played in his 200th NHL game. … Bruins D John Moore missed his fourth game with an upper-body injury. … Columbus broke a franchise record with its 248th goal of the season. … Pastrnak has 12 points in his past seven games.

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg, right, of Sweden, trips Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg, right, of Sweden, trips Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Bruins: Visit Minnesota on Thursday for penultimate regular-season game.

Blue Jackets: Finish the season with games at the New York Rangers on Friday and Ottawa on Saturday.

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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, right, controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, right, controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Duchene, right, checks Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Duchene, right, checks Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg, left, of Sweden, works against Boston Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg, left, of Sweden, works against Boston Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, right, passes against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, right, passes against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)