The Blue Jackets opened the scoring with 2:42 gone in the first, Matt Calvert connecting with help from Derek Dorsett and Andy Murray.
The Bruins bounced back with the equalizer at 7:03, with Vladimir Sobotka snapping off a quick wrister from the inner edge of the left circle. Michael Ryder, behind the goal line, dished to Milan Lucic at the half board and Looch dished toward the slot for Sobotka.
The first period ended in the 1-1 deadlock, with each side collecting eight shots.
Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi-Patrice Bergeron-Chuck Kobasew
Blake Wheeler-Zach Hamill-Brad Marchand
Shawn Thornton-Vladimir Sobotka-Byron Bitz.
Zdeno Chara-Derek Morris
Matt Hunwick-Andrew Ference
Mark Stuart-Dennis Wideman
Tuukka Rask started in net, with Tim Thomas backing up.