Saturday, April 26, 2014

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Wrap Up

What can the Detroit Red Wings possibly do at this point? 

They reactivated their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, to the lineup and they turned to their backup goaltender to try and generate a spark for themselves. The Boston Bruins withstood the storm and survived in Detroit. They now lead the series 3-1 with a chance to close things out on Saturday afternoon.

For the first time all series, game four actually felt like a playoff game. Excluding the fact that the contest went into overtime, both teams were engaged and were fighting for every inch of ice. The snarl and edginess is finally surfacing. Is it too late for the Red Wings?

The Bruins hosted game five on Saturday with every ounce of momentum on their side. There were no additional lineup changes to report, so no need to spoil a good thing. 

The home-ice advantage that they talk about was in playoff mode in the early going of this game. The crowd pushed the Bruins to pressure their opponent by playing physical. The aggressive play led to the B's power play taking shape and capitalizing with the man advantage. Loui Eriksson recorded the opening goal for Boston.

The Red Wings started to test Tuukka Rask in the second period, and eventually broke through on the power play thanks to Pavel Datsyuk. Other than that, Rask held his own. The Bruins took a 2-1 lead heading into the third period due to the outstanding effort by the B's blue liners pinching effectively. 

After a late surge by Detroit, the Bruins held strong in their own end and transitioned into offense nicely. They scored two more goals-recorded by Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla-to take game five by a score of 4-2. 

The series is over! Now, bring on the Habs. What a bloodbath this will be. The series will get underway next week. 

Gold Star: Torey Krug (two assists)...He was a magician with the puck in this game. Also, his defense has been underrated. Well-played game. 

Black Star: Brad Marchand...His performance in this game was disgraceful. He was putting himself before the team, taking careless penalties.

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