BOSTON BRUINS (3-1) vs. DETROIT RED WINGS (1-3)
5:45 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL: BOS 4, DET 2
BRUINS ADVANCE: With today's Game 5 victory, the Bruins advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they will take on another Original Six foe: The Montreal Canadiens. The B's got goals from Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla (EN), while receiving another solid effort from Tuukka Rask in net, who made 31 saves on 33 shots for his fourth win of the postseason. The B's next round opponent will be the Montreal Canadiens with dates of the series TBD.
ZETTERBERG MAKES IT 3-2: With 3:52 to go, Zetterberg brought the Wings back within one to keep them in the game with their season on the line. Zetterberg was able to roof one past Rask after Rask had made a save just seconds earlier, causing him to be slightly out of position.
KRUG SETS UP LUCIC: With 15:33 to go in the third period, the B's extended their lead 3-1 on a Milan Lucic goal, which was punched in from the doorstep. Torey Krug served as the catalyst on the play, intercepting a Detroit pass at the blueline, who then patiently skated down the left faceoff circle before throwing a pin-point pass to Lucic who was camping out in front. The goal marks Lucic's third goal of the playoffs while Krug now has a multiple point game with two assists.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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5:03 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, DET 1
ZEE POWERS ONE IN: Following a flurry minor two minute penalties on both squads, the Bruins ended up on a four-on-three man advantage, which the Bruins took full advantage of in the closing seconds of the second period. With just 3.8 ticks on the clock, Zdeno Chara let go an absolute missile go from the right faceoff circle that Jonas Gustavsson could do little to stop, as the puck whistled by him high stick-side to regain the lead, 2-1. The goal marks second of the postseason for Chara, with Bergeron getting the primary assist (fourth of the postseason) after sending a beautiful cross-ice pass to find the Captain wide open. Blueliner Torey Krug gets the secondary assist for his third helper of the playoffs.
LUCIC OFF FOR HIGH-STICKING: With 5:31 to go in the middle frame, Milan Lucic was assessed a two-minute minor for high-sticking, putting the Bruins PK back to work for the third time this evening after killing off their previous two infractions. With their season on the line, the Red Wings kept themselves in the game when 12 seconds into the power play, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk was able to knot the game, punching in a rebound. Zetterberg gets the assist for his role in the goal along with Daniel Alfredsson.
HIGHLIGHT REEL SAVE: Goaltender Tuukka Rask made one of the best saves of the game with 8:49 to go in the second period when he stoned Daniel Alfredsson on Detroit's best chance of the period after a pin-point centering pass from a teammate in the left faceoff circle. Rask read the play as it developed flawlessly and made a strong right to left push to thwart the opportunity for his 14th save of the evening.
3:58 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, DET 0
DETROIT GETS A MAN-ADVANTAGE: With 2:48 to go in the first frame of play, David Krejci was sent to the sin bin to serve a two-minute minor for tripping on Brendan Smith deep in the corner of the Detroit zone. The Bruins had one of their more dominating penalty kill showings, resulting on two shorthanded scoring opportunities for the Black & Gold, with winger brad Marchand leading the way on both attempts. Ultimately, the penalty time expired, putting the B's back to even-strength with the score remaining 1-0, in favor of Boston.
THORNTON OFF FOR HIGH-STICKING: With 15:34 to go in the first, Shawn Thornton was called for high-sticking and sent to the box for two minutes. The Red Wings managed the keep the puck in their offensive zone for a majority of the power play, but the Bruins held strong and were able to bail out Thornton to kill off the penalty with the 1-0 lead still intact.
LOUI CASHES IN ON THE POWER PLAY: At 2:34 into the first period, Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was whistled for hooking on Milan Lucic, sending the Bruins potent power play to work for the first time in the game. With 1:07 to go on the man-advantage the Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Loui Eriksson cashed in on a backhander off of a deflected puck in front of the Detroit net, intially sent in by Dougie Hamilton. The goal marks Loui's first of the postseason with Dougie Hamilton getting the primary assist and Tuukka Rask getting the rarely seen goaltender helper. That marks Rask's second career postseason assist.
2:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-1, 0.95 GAA, .966 Save %) vs. Gustavsson (0-1, 2.45 GAA, 9.25 Save %). In 39 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 24-15 record with a 2.03 GAA & .933 save % with four shutouts. Gustavsson appeared in his first postseason game in Thursday’s contest against the Bruins in Detroit.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their 38th postseason matchup this afternoon. The Black & Gold have racked up a 22-15 lifetime playoff record against Detroit, with the Bruins holding a 106-102 scoring edge. In 18 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 11-7 record against Detroit with a 47-41 scoring advantage on home ice. The Bruins have led a best of seven series 3-1 on 19 occasions; 10 of those series ended in five games (10-0), four were finished in six games (4-0) and five were extended to a full seven games (3-2).
SHARING THE WEIGHT: In four games against Detroit, all but five Bruins who have appeared in at least one game this series, have registered at least one point. Leading the way for the Black & Gold is Patrice Bergeron who has tallied one goal and three assists for four points. Four Bruins have scored their first playoff goals this postseason (Jordan Caron, Justin Florek, Dougie Hamilton & Reilly Smith), which accounts for 40% of Boston’s 10 goals this series.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin John “Pie” McKenzie, will serve as today’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 5 against Detroit.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Bruins will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
208 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, April 20, the Boston Bruins have reached 208 straight regular season and playoff game sell outs. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: The Red Wings recalled goaltender Jake Paterson from Grand Rapids (American Hockey League) on April 25… Detroit Captain Pavel Datsyuk leads the Wings in scoring with two goals and one assist for three points… Goaltender Jimmy Howard is three wins shy of fifth on Detroit’s all-time playoff wins list behind Harry Lumley (24)... Detroit’s all-time series record when facing a 3-1 series deficit is 2-17, along with a 7-12 record in Game 5s when down 3-1 in a series.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-10 (40.0%, 1st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 12-for-13 (92.3%, T-2nd NHL)… Red Wings power play: 1-for-13 (7.7%, 15th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 6-for-10 (16.0%, 16th NHL).