The Boston Bruins needed a win in Game 5 against the Detroit Red Wings to move on to the Conference Semifinals and that’s exactly what they ended up getting, even if they had to work for it in the end. After jumping out to a 2-1 lead, the Bruins were able to hold the Wings in check for most of the third period and even got themselves a goal to extend their lead to 3-1.
But with 3:52 remaining in the game, Henrik Zetterberg brought the score to a one goal difference and ensured that there would be drama down the stretch of the game.
For Boston, they will now move on to face the red hot Montreal Canadiens in another Original Six showdown. But while the Habs are hot off a series sweep of the hapless Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins have weathered their postseason storm with ease so far and aside from the Game 1 hiccup have controlled the series.
Montreal isn’t Detroit and they’ll provide a much tougher battle but the battle between Carey Price and Tuukaa Rask in net will only be matched by the sheer physicality of the series that awaits.