The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren’t coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall.

The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in the 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6 that clinched the series and propelled the Bruins into the conference final against Carolina.

The Blue Jackets played hard and forechecked well enough to win every game, but were zero for 10 on power-play chances in the final three games of the series, all won by Boston. Much of that was due to Rask, who had 39 saves in Monday’s game and did his part to shut down four Columbus power plays.

Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, bottom left, of Finland, makes a save as teammate Connor Clifton, bottom right, Columbus Blue Jackets' Markus Hannikainen, top left, of Finland, and Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky look for the rebound during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask, bottom left, of Finland, makes a save as teammate Connor Clifton, bottom right, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Markus Hannikainen, top left, of Finland, and Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky look for the rebound during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

“We are halfway to our goal,” said forward David Backes, who scored Boston’s final goal in the third period. “You need to relish the plateaus along the way. We are certainly at one of those to be among the final four teams. We’ve had to sacrifice to win some games against some really good teams.

“Now we can enjoy this for a day then have a happy flight home (Tuesday), then get ready for Carolina, who is well rested and ready for us,” he said.

David Krejci and Marcus Johansson also scored for the Bruins in Game 6. David Pastrnak led the Bruins with four goals in the six games against Columbus.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier, right, of France, tries to steal the puck from Boston Bruins' Sean Kuraly during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Alexandre Texier, right, of France, tries to steal the puck from Boston Bruins’ Sean Kuraly during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

“It was tight until the end,” Krejci said. “We learned from it and closed it out tonight the way we wanted to.”

Boston won the first game of the series in overtime, then fell to the Blue Jackets in OT in Game 2 and lost Game 3 by a goal before ripping off the final three victories. The Bruins are advancing to the Eastern Conference final for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they lost in the Stanley Cup final.

Carolina swept the New York Islanders in their second-round series.

Boston Bruins' Chris Wagner, left, carries the puck behind the net as Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Harrington defends during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Boston Bruins’ Chris Wagner, left, carries the puck behind the net as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Scott Harrington defends during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

“If you’re playing this time of year, you’re doing something right,” Rask said. “You’ve built something great as a team. We’re super happy that we’re in the position. Trying to keep the train rolling.”

Boston coach Bruce Sullivan said Carolina is a bit of mix between hard-hitting Columbus and quickness of Toronto, which the Bruins beat in the opening round.

“I think they’re a little bit of both,” Cassidy said. “Young team. (Defensmen) get up the ice. Flip goaltenders and didn’t miss a beat. But we’ll look at it a little closer starting (Tuesday). Obviously they’ve made it this far, they’re a very good hockey club. I don’t think you get this far by accident. So we’ll have our hands full. But we’re looking forward to it.”

Boston Bruins' Joakim Nordstrom, right, of Sweden, carries the puck upice as Columbus Blue Jackets' Dean Kukan, of Switzerland, defends during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Boston Bruins’ Joakim Nordstrom, right, of Sweden, carries the puck upice as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Dean Kukan, of Switzerland, defends during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, top, argues with referee Wes McCauley (4) after video replay on a
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, top, argues with referee Wes McCauley (4) after video replay on a “no goal” was reversed, crediting Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones with the score, during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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