Teams got pushed to the brink on Saturday.
Columbus Blue Jackets Recap
1 - 3 PIT leads 3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins Recap
3 - 4 (OT) COL leads, 3-2
5 things to know
Offsides or not offsides?
Every game between the Wild and Avalanche has been thrilling so far, and Game 5 was no different. So it was no shock that the pivotal moment on Saturday night caused a fair share of controversy. When Paul Stastny set up P.A. Parenteau's game-tying goal with 1:14 left in the third, Wild fans across Twitter cried foul, claiming that Stastny was offsides on the play. To be honest, it's hard to tell, and it's difficult to blame the refs for missing a call that had to be dissected frame-by-frame to be called correctly. Regardless, the call won't sit well with Wild fans now that their team is facing elmination.
Rumors of the Kings' death are greatly exaggerated
After a fairly embarrassing first three games, Los Angeles has stormed back into their first round series with two statement wins against the Sharks. After showing off their offensive skills in Game 4, Jonathan Quick bounced back with a 30-save shutout in Game 5. There's plenty of reasons to believe the Kings can push this series to seven games.
Columbus can't rely on Bobrovsky to bail them out every game
The former Vezina winner was a stud in Game 5, stopping 48-of-50 shots he faced as the Penguins unleashed a barrage of scoring chances on him. Columbus only needed two more goals to win the game, but they couldn't figure out Marc-Andre Fleury nearly as well as they did in Game 4. Now on the brink of elimination, the Jackets need to pick up their netminder in Game 6 if they want to advance.
Boston and Montreal will be must-watch television
With all due respect to the Red Wings, it would've been a shame if hockey was robbed of a Bruins-Habs playoff series this year. It's perhaps the biggest, nastiest rivalry in hockey at the best of times and just downright brutal at the worst of times. The intensity at both home arenas should rival any other atmosphere this playoffs. Buckle up.
Hockey is cruelly ironic
The Detroit Red Wings spent most of the season under-manned, losing a ridiculous amount of man games due to injuries. So it was somewhat ironic that their season effectively ended when they were called for too many men on the ice late in the third period against the Bruins. At any rate, Detroit should be proud of how far it went in the face of massive adversities this year.
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