BOSTON – The Boston Bruins apparently had had enough practice time in the second round series with the New York Rangers. Boston eliminated the Rangers with a 3-1 win and now moves on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In Chicago, the Blackhawks found their old swagger and bullied their way to a 4-1 win over Detroit. Game 6 is Monday in Detroit.
BOSTON 3, NY RANGERS 1; BOS wins 4-1
The Bruins scored two second-period goals to overcome an early deficit and eliminate the Rangers for the seventh time in 10 postseason meetings. Gregory Campbell netted two goals, including the game-winner, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves.
CHICAGO 4, DETROIT 1; DET leads 3-2
Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews scored power-play goals 2:39 apart in the second period to break a 1 1 tie and help Chicago stave off elimination. The Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings by a 45-26 margin, including a 17 4 total in the third period.
Boston forward Gregory Campbell scored two goals, including his first playoff game-winner. Entering Saturday, Campbell had just two goals in 43 career postseason contests.
The Bruins’ fourth line of Campbell (3-1—4), Daniel Paille (1-2—3) and Shawn Thornton (0-3—3) combined for 10 points and two game-winning goals in the five-game series versus the Rangers.
Rookie defenseman Torey Krug, who made his postseason debut in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, scored the game-tying goal for Boston, his fourth of the series. Krug is the first rookie blueliner in NHL history to score four goals in the first five games of his playoff career and only the second rookie defenseman ever to produce four goals in one playoff series; Philadelphia’s Andy Delmore was the first, with five goals in his team’s six-game series victory over Pittsburgh in 2000. (Elias)
Krug, 22, is the second-youngest defenseman in Bruins history to record at least three power-play goals in one playoff year; Glen Wesley had four at age 19 in 1988. Bobby Orr also had three at age 22 in 1970, but was 23 days older than Krug.
The Bruins will face the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, their first postseason meeting in 21 years and fifth all-time (both clubs are 2-2). Pittsburgh swept the Bruins in the 1992 Eastern Conference Final, with current Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr registering 3 5—8 for the Penguins in the series.
The Bruins and Penguins feature the top six scorers in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Boston’s David Krejci (5-12—17) and Nathan Horton (5-7—12), and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (4-12—16), Kris Letang (3-13—16), Sidney Crosby (7-8—15) and Jarome Iginla (4-8—12).
THE SHAW GOES ON
Chicago forward Andrew Shaw recorded his first career playoff game-winner as well as the first multi-goal game of his postseason career. Shaw has had only one other multi-goal game in his career (98 total games), a two-goal performance on March 18, 2012, versus Washington.
TOEWS SNAPS SKID
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored his first goal of the postseason to end a nine-game drought, tied for the longest dry spell of his playoff career (62 games). Toews has had only one scoreless streak of nine or more games during the regular season (408 games), a 12-game spell to start the 2008-09 campaign. (Elias)
The Blackhawks recorded two power-play goals for the first time this postseason and improved to 4-0 when scoring with the man advantage. The Red Wings fell to 2-5 when allowing a power-play goal in the playoffs, including a 0-3 mark when yielding multiple scores.
Home clubs won both games Saturday to improve to 47-20 (.701) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 17 3 (.850) mark in the second round.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Bruins picked up their League-leading fourth win of the postseason when allowing the game’s first goal.
Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford has allowed one goal or fewer in six of his 10 playoff starts (5-1). He ranks second in the NHL with a 1.66 goals-against average this postseason . . . The Bruins improved to 18-1 all-time when holding a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series; the Rangers fell to 0-11 when losing the first three games of a best-of-seven . . . Defensemen scored seven of the Bruins’ 16 goals versus the Rangers . . . Detroit forward Daniel Cleary scored his seventh goal in 10 career postseason games versus Chicago, his highest total against any opponent . . . Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville tied Detroit head coach Mike Babcock for the most career playoff victories among active bench bosses (78) . . . Saturday’s Bruins-Rangers game was the most social program on cable television.
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