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Playoffs tonight: Bruins and Red Wings look to finish things in Game 5

May 25, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

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A pair of Game 5s take place tonight and we could see a pair of teams move on to the Conference finals should they earn victories tonight. Will Chicago and New York live to fight another day or will Boston and Detroit march onward?

We’ll find out tonight. Here come your previews:

Boston Bruins host New York Rangers (5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN/Live Extra)
Boston leads series 3-1

The Bruins tried to sweep out the Rangers as best they could in Game 4, but overtime heroics finally arrived for New York in the form of former Boston College star Chris Kreider. Now the Rangers will look to put a real scare into the Bruins and their faithful by extending the series for another day.

If there’s reason for the Rangers to breathe easier it’s that they finally found something working on their power play and scored once with the man advantage in Game 4. It was just one goal but for how miserable they’ve been on the power play, maybe getting one goal was what they needed to get right.

Big question for the Bruins tonight will be: How does Tuukka Rask bounce back? He wasn’t all that hot in Game 4 and it showed as the Rangers got a big jump out of being gifted their first goal of the game thanks to Rask falling down. He’ll need to lock it down tonight to help the B’s get back to the Conference finals and give Boston fans some time to relax a bit.

Chicago Blackhawks host Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET NBC/Live Extra)
Detroit leads series 3-1

This is a spot the Chicago Blackhawks likely didn’t expect to be in this early in the playoffs but now we’ll find out what they’re made of. They’re down 3-1 to their hated rivals and now face the prospect of possibly being eliminated from the postseason on their own ice by them in the fifth game of the series.

That doesn’t sound right at all for everything this Chicago team has done, yet here we are. Who needs to step up for the ‘Hawks? Take your pick. Captain Jonathan Toews had a meltdown in Game 4’s 2-0 loss picking up three penalties and leading Chicago media to call him out for it. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have been similarly quiet as well and defenseman Brent Seabrook has seen his ice time cut way back thanks to performance.

If Chicago’s going to get back in this they have to find a way to shake up Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings goalie has been other-worldly in this series including his Game 4 shutout, the first time the Blackhawks were held without a goal in a game this season. Even when Detroit’s improved defense has faltered, Howard’s bailed them out in often spectacular ways.

If Chicago goes down without a fight tonight, expect there to be a lot of hard questions and big regrets coming all summer for the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

  1. nhstateline - May 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Headline should read “Red Wings Look To Finish Things, We’ll Find Out What the Bruins Are Looking To Do Around 7:00 PM Or So”. Maybe the learned something from not showing up in the same situation two fridays ago. Say what you want about the Leafs in that game but the Bruins just didn’t bother competing for most of it. Or maybe they didn’t and, if they didn’t, they’ll lose a heart breaker in game 6 then play yet another game 7 they could have avoided. This might sound negative but go look at their recent playoff history, they’re either dominant or invisible, there’s almost no middle ground with this team hence all the game 7’s

  2. groleo45 - May 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    At what point does the story become the Wings dominance instead of the Blackhawks failures. Did you media types not notice the speed and quality of that game 4? This isn’t about Chicago playing poorly–it’s about them being outplayed.

    Howard has been amazing, but to say he’s the only reason this thing is 3-1 is offensive.

  3. tealwookiee - May 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Sure, Chicago is getting outplayed, but they aren’t playing at a very high level. This series would look quite different if Chicago’s talent was playing like they had some.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Right, because Chicago’s talent isn’t playing at a high level right now, they only do that in the regular season correct? Who cares about the playoffs! Its all about the Presidents Cup!

      Get real. Your “talent” has been getting over worked by a team with a 3rd line that is performing better then your top line. A 3rd line that are all rookies, and never have had playoff experience up until this year. OUCH.

      To say your talent has not been showing up is an insult to your fan base. Chicago is damn good, and they have played a very good series despite the 3-1 advantage by Detroit, but Detroit has a damn good goalie, and team chemistry that clicked at the perfect time.

  4. wingsfan13 - May 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    So I guess everyone thinks it has nothing to do with the Wings playing well,it must just be that the Hawks are uninterested? Wake up people the Wings have been getting better for the last month.

  5. 8man - May 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Wings are playing with house money. They have clearly surpassed expectations and are the verge of cancelling the 1 and 2 seeds. Well done.

    The Bruins on the other hand have had the fortune of playing lesser seeds, gained big advantages and had trouble finishing the job. Hopefully tonight, at home, Boston can transcend their limitations and do what they couldn’t do Tuesday. End the series and move on. If they don’t, the gaffes that led to three Rangers goals will be replayed over and over and over and over…

    Go Bs!

  6. 19wasthebest - May 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    The media will not give the Redwings the credit that is do. Detroit lost Lidstrom this year so the team automatically is bad. Never mind we have some of the biggest names in the NHL. Also this is NBC web page and who do they employ? Olychek and Mcquire. Makes me want to puke every time I hear either of them.

    Let’s go Redwings!!!!!!

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