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Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Bruins host Islanders to start second round

Canadiens try to extend series against Maple Leafs; Golden Knights use depth to advance

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2021 NHL postseason. There are two playoff games scheduled for Saturday and there was one Friday.

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NHL Insider

Rask's future with Bruins, in NHL uncertain beyond this season

Decisions on pending free agent goalie will be made 'when the time is right'

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tuukka Rask has helped the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Second Round after defeating the Washington Capitals in five games in the first round. Yet the 34-year-old goalie's future with the only NHL team he has played for is shrouded in a bit of mystery.

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NHL Insider

Ovechkin won't discuss future after Capitals eliminated from playoffs

Captain is part of aging core that has not gotten past first round since 2018

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin wasn't ready to start thinking about his or the Washington Capitals' future following a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

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game recap

Bruins win Game 5, eliminate Capitals in first round

Bergeron scores twice, Rask makes 40 saves to help Boston advance

by Harvey Valentine / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Bergeron snipes puck by Samsonov

BOS@WSH, Gm5: Bergeron rips puck home to extend lead

R1, Gm5: Patrice Bergeron fires the puck past the blocker of Ilya Samsonov, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the 2nd

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WASHINGTON -- Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, and the Boston Bruins eliminated the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

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game preview

3 Keys: Bruins at Capitals, Game 5 of first round

Boston looking to close out series; Washington needs production from top six

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

No. 3 Bruins at No. 2 Capitals

7 p.m. ET; USA, SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NESN

Boston leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

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playoffs

Pastrnak breaks through with first goal in playoffs for Bruins

Forward says winning is most important after scoring in Game 4 against Capitals

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

David Pastrnak said it has not mattered that he hasn't been the one filling the score sheet for the Boston Bruins.

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playoffs

Capitals searching for answers after Game 4 loss to Bruins

'Need a lot more' from everybody to avoid another early exit in postseason

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals have to find some answers quickly to avoid another early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at TD Garden in Boston on Friday.

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game recap

Bruins push Capitals to brink with Game 4 win

Rask moves into first in playoff victories in Boston history; Pastrnak has goal, assist

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Pastrnak rips PPG from circle

WSH@BOS, Gm4: Pastrnak nets PPG for first of playoffs

R1, Gm4: David Pastrnak rifles a wrist shot in from the circle on a power play, scoring his first goal of the postseason to make it 2-0 Bruins

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins scored twice in the first 1:03 of the third period of a 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at TD Garden on Friday.

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Samsonov, Capitals hoping to recover quickly from Game 3 mistake

Goalie confident miscommunication that led to Bruins goal in 2OT won't happen again

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Ilya Samsonov and the Washington Capitals hope to rebound quickly from the miscommunication that led to the goal in the second overtime of a 3-2 loss at the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round on Wednesday.

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game recap

Bruins top Capitals in 2OT in Game 3, take series lead

Smith scores at 5:48 off turnover behind net; third straight OT game

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Smith wins Game 3 in second OT

WSH@BOS, Gm3: Smith gives Bruins Game 3 win in 2nd OT

R1, Gm3: Craig Smith hustles and beats Ilya Samsonov back to the post, tucking in a goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 Game 3 win in double overtime

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BOSTON -- Craig Smith scored at 5:48 of the second overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round at TD Garden on Wednesday.

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