Rangers vs. Bruins Game 5 recap: Boston eliminates New York, sets up conference final with Penguins

Jared Wickerham

The Bruins advance to the conference final, where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Boston Bruins clinched their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, beating the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 to win their semifinal series four games to one.

The Rangers opened scoring, with their struggling power play converting in consecutive games. Dan Girardi converted a pass from Mats Zuccarello after Daniel Paille had fallen down at the blueline. You can see Paille getting back up and into the play at the top of the GIF below:

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One of the heroes of the series was rookie Torey Krug, playing in just his fifth playoff game and eighth NHL game of his career in Game 5. With the Bruins down 1-0, Krug scored his fourth goal of the series to tie the game, once again blasting a slap shot from the point.

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The Bruins' fourth line, another story of the series, struck with the go-ahead goal when Gregory Campbell picked up a loose rebound after Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton worked the puck to the net.

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Rangers captain Ryan Callahan had a golden opportunity to tie the game midway through the third period, but Tuukka Rask made a blocker save to knock the puck out of play.

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For the game, the Bruins outshot the Rangers 32-29, and that was after the Rangers threw everything they could in a comeback attempt in the third period. But Rask was strong in the Boston net, while Lundqvist kept it close by stopping Milan Lucic on several prime scoring opportunities.

That meant there was just one thing left to do: Post-series handshakes.

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Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch in Game 5, as the Bruins re-inserted Dennis Seidenberg into the lineup. Before Krug's heroics, few would have believed he would be selected over Hamilton, but the young defenseman had a great series and has made it hard for Claude Julien to remove him from the lineup.

Seidenberg held up well despite taking a heavy hit from big Rangers winger Chris Kreider:

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With the win, the Bruins advanced to their second conference final in three seasons, having won the Stanley Cup in 2011. The Rangers failed to get past the second round after losing in the conference final in 2012.

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