Another night, another couple of Game 5 elimination games. Pittsburgh advanced on Thursday after five games, and the Bruins and Red Wings had a chance to do the same on Saturday. But only one actually did.
What a tease, huh?
The Rangers and Bruins started Game 5 with two unfathomable events. First, Derek Dorsett and Shawn Thornton got into a fight. Okay, maybe that's not totally out of the realm of possibility. But opening an elimination game with a fight wasn't Dorsett's brightest idea.
The second event was extremely surprising. Shocking, even. New York scored a power play goal.
Dorsett got out of the box and received a warm greeting from Zdeno Chara.
Despite the early goal, the Rangers continued to lean on Henrik Lundqvist. For the most part, Lundqvist was brilliant. But Boston eventually broke through.
This series will be known as the beginning of the Legend of Krug.
That was Torey Krug's fourth goal of the playoffs. Fourth! The kid's only been in five games.
Boston took the lead for good at 13:41 of the second when Gregory Campbell executed some slick stick handling as he barreled towards the net.
Adios, New York. The Rangers head into the offseason with a ton of questions.
We then moved on to the second potential elimination game of the evening in Chicago. The Blackhawks desperately needed to get some momentum going to stay alive, and they did just that.
But first they decided to mess with the Wings a little bit.
If the goal was to get inside Detroit's head, it worked. Chicago controlled the pace of the game right from the get-go. So much so, Bryan Bickell destroyed a goalie cam.
We can only hope NBC makes Pierre pay for it.
Detroit didn't go away quietly. This Dan Cleary goal was as pretty as you can get from a rush up the ice.
That penalty nullified a looming Detroit power play. And then Abdelkader got sent to the box again in the second, and Jonathan Toews awoke from his playoff slumber.
The game really came down to special teams. Chicago was 2-for-3 on the man advantage and killed off all four of Detroit's power plays. The Wings spent most of the game chasing Hawks around the rink, which usually resulted in things like this.
Overall, it was a complete game from the Blackhawks at the best possible time. Chicago won 4-1, and the series heads back to Detroit with the Wings up 3-2.