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Moving on: Bruins eliminate Red Wings 4-2 in Game 5

Apr 26, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Zdeno Chara, Reilly Smith Getty Images

The Boston Bruins finished off one Original Six team and now they’ll prepare to face another, more familiar one in the next round.

The Bruins finished off the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-2 victory in Game 5. Zdeno Chara‘s power play goal with four seconds left in the second period put the Bruins ahead to stay. Milan Lucic‘s third goal of the series 4:27 into the third period put the game on ice and helped the Bruins advance in five games.

Henrik Zetterberg‘s first goal of the series made it 3-2 with 3:52 to play, but a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty 48 seconds later to Detroit helped seal the Red Wings’ fate. Jarome Iginla added an empty-net goal

Tuukka Rask ended the game with 31 saves and proved to frustrate the Red Wings even when Detroit was able to generate sustained offense. In the end, however, it was the lack of a penalty kill that ended the Red Wings.

The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power play getting goals from Loui Eriksson in the first period and Chara in the second.

Detroit’s first goal came on the power play in the second period when Pavel Datsyuk put a rebound past Rask. Detroit’s best opportunities came with the man-advantage which says a lot about how well the Bruins played throughout the game.

From the get-go, Boston seemed to be in a different gear and a lot of the puck-luck that went against Eriksson in Game 4 was corrected in Game 5.

Boston moves on to the Atlantic Division Final where they’ll face their archrivals — the  Montreal Canadiens. It’ll be the 34th time the two have met in the playoffs.

  1. billiam55 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    And for the 34th time, there will be a Boston and Montreal Series. What a series thats gonna be!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Hockeyfights dot com is going to be busy.

      • sabatimus - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Not a chance, the way the Habs turtle.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Are you serious? The Habs’ mascot should be a tortoise.

  2. bsfan77 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Go B’s! Cant wait to see the Habnots try to beat a real playoff team and goalie. Bring on Subban’s Olympic diving! Gonna be a great series!

    • habs9 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      dont worry we’ve already ordered our metal jock straps, but you’re right it is definetly gonna be a great series

  3. sixchr - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    The Bruins power play has become a serious difference maker. When the refs lose their minds like they did in the middle of this game, the Bruins are now able to capitalize. Something I foresee being fairly important in this upcoming series with… them.

    • shutton83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      The B’s special teams really stepped up, especially the PK. I thought Krejci and Eriksson were great filling in for Paille and Kelly (who I hope are healthy for Montreal).

      • sixchr - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        I especially love how they can put Soderberg on the first line right after Krejci kills a penalty without skipping a beat.

    • joestemme - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Ditto. I hate when refs will call any ticky-tack ‘by the rulebook’ penalty, but, ignore blatant slashing and hooking violations.
      Sure there were a number of real penalties, but, this game had way too many.

      And, I’m a B’s fan.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Boston was outstanding in this series. Good luck Bruins you showed that you are the team to beat in the east. Fast, physical, smart, great goaltending and good special teams will take this team to another shot at the Stanley Cup. Detroit will continue to reload and get better next year. Some time off will help them and some tough offseason decisions will help moving forward.

  5. bsfan77 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Good series Detroit! Great job by all!

  6. lordstanley65 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    This is the start of a great rivalry! Hats off to Detroit, they certainly weren’t playing like an eight seed. What a blast to watch!

    And now we’re gonna sweep Montreal.

    • pastabelly - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM

      Great rivalry? It’s a decent start for a good rivalry. Let’s reserve the term “Great rivalry” for Bruins-Canadiens.

      I understand why it was important for Detroit to move to the East Conference, but they left their true rival out west.

      • lordstanley65 - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        You’ve made my point. They certainly did leave their true rival out west. Now that they are here, we are looking at two teams with a lot of young players who will continue to compete at the top of this division for years. Which is why I said the START of a great rivalry, Pasta.

  7. slysipops - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM


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  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Yeah, pretty disappointing to have to see a Bruins-Habs matchup in the next round. We all would so much rather see age-old rivalries like Columbus-Nashville. Alas.
    But all seriousness aside, I’m probably the last person to realize this, but it is POSSIBLE, however unlikely, for the Bruins to win the Cup this year while playing ONLY “Original Six” teams!!!

  9. the8man - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    The Wings scared me and rightly so. I knew they’d be a challenge for the Bs which makes emerging from this series even better.

    Dear hockey fan, raise your hand if you wanted your team to play Detroit in the first round. Yeah. Didn’t think so.

  10. shutton83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Great series, Rask and Datsyuk are my pick for the MVP’s on each side. Detroit is dangerous and with the young guys they have its scary thinking what Tatar, Nyquist, and Smith will be able to do learning from the likes of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall. Keep your heads up Hockeytown, this did not have the feel of a 4-1 series.

  11. redrew - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    When is 1st game

  12. amityvillefun - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM


    • charastein - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Charastein likes Rammstein. Good call.

      Hey Montreal, get those cellphones on the ready. 9-1-1.

      • charlie24zz - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Habs are ready. Pacioretty with 2 game winners this series, snipe snipe celly baby.

        Keep on underestimating les boys…we took you to overtime in game 7 with a team that doesn’t hold up even close to this year’s edition of the Habs…can’t wait to see all you homers shaking in your boots the next 2 weeks!

      • bsfan77 - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Bruins are a different team this year too. Their D is going to eat the Habnots alive. I know we will be hearing about the regular season record in no time. Detroit also took the regular season games against us this year. Bring on the series. Bruins in 6!

  13. titansbro - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Bring on the Habs. This series is gonna thrill ya & frustrate you at the same time. Gotta go in knowing officiating is gonna be an issue, especially in MTL, but the Bs just gotta stay focused & I expect them to pull it out. Marchand needs to stop with his crap & play Bruins hockey.

    • davidmessina63 - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Bruins will be fine. They will probably have to spot Montreal one game in Montreal . Bruins are playing solid hockey right now and Montreal is living in a dream that they are somehow all that great because they swept a team without their starting goalie.

  14. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Bruins will the team to beat. Anyone who saw the Olympics and watches the Bruins knows Tuukka Rask is a very tough competitor who, like Tim Thomas, gives the Bruins a chance to win almost every game.

  15. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    One more thing: love the classy comments about the Red Wings on this blog. They don’t call Detroit “Hockeytown” for nothing. You can focus on the positive and have a great life or…

    • the8man - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      The Wings are a proud and accomplished franchise. I remember watching what they did years ago and asking myself, “Why can’t my Bruins do even half of this?”

  16. jason9696 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    The Smurfs and their fans are in big trouble now. No way Boston loses this series.

  17. nhstateline - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    The Bruins learned from last year. It was obvious from the hop today that they were taking nothing for granted. This was an excellent effort from a focused group in contrast to some things that have happened in the past. And Detroit’s kids will learn from this too because now they’ve seen what the NHL playoffs are like and, watching some of the vets who played with injuries and came back from mid-season surgery to try and help win a series. Good for their kids to see that. The next challenge for the Bruins is bigger. This edition of the Habs is very good. It should be an excellent series worthy of the heritage of the two teams playing in it. I will neither talk smack nor make predictions today. Today’s a time to cheer the Bruins and the Red Wings. Well done all!!!

  18. terrier92 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Respect the Wings detest the Habs. Wings were a great primer for Bruins fast and skilled. Bruins always struggle in round 1 and if survive get better . They are battle tested and ready for Habs. It’s the playoffs Bruins won’t get suckered into crap that goes on in regular season. Bruins in 5

  19. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Can t wait to see Subban vs Marchand n Lucic ( the one who likes to make fake injury n spearing)
    Chara vs Pacioretty, I don t forget what Chara did, dirty player.

  20. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Almost forget, Boston Bruins fans booed at Gary Bettman last year at home when they lost to Chicago. I hope this year they don t repeat the same.

  21. golfsox78 - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    To all Redwing fans and hockeytown, don’t get too down. You will be even better and in the playoffs again next year. I respect that team, the coach and the city. When the new conference changes happened the first thing I said was great we have to play Detroit every year now. But to me Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and B’s should be in the same division. There is so much history there and it makes for great competition. The comments from the wings coach and captain after the game shows great respect between opponents. Something that is lacking with the next opponent. Playing the Canadians drives me nuts because there is way too much crap on both side. Either diving, lobbying for penalties, small dirty plays. And this happens on both sides. The series will go 7 games, I just think Rask and Price won’t give up easy goals, and I also think that both are equal now in special teams. Montreal always had the upper hand in the man advantage.

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