NHL: Goalie can laugh as Bruins move to finals

2013-05-26T00:00:00Z NHL: Goalie can laugh as Bruins move to finalsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BOSTON - Claude Julien decided not to give his goalie a pep talk after a pratfall in the crease handed the Rangers a goal that had the potential to turn the series around.

Instead, the Bruins coach waited until after Tuukka Rask responded with 28 saves to help Boston beat New York 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

"That's what I told Tuukka at the end of the game, 'You can start laughing now,'"Julien said after the Bruins followed their seven-game series against Toronto by avoiding a nail-biter against the Rangers.

Gregory Campbell scored twice and recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which will meet Pittsburgh for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. The Bruins reached the third round of the NHL playoffs for the second time since 1992.

Boston was up 3-0 in the second-round series against New York this year, with a 2-0 lead in Game 4 when Rask tripped on a rut in the crease and flailed at a slow-moving puck as it rolled over the line. The Rangers went on to win 4-3 in overtime, forcing the series back to Boston for a fifth game.

"We wanted to make sure we ended this series - for all the right reasons," including rest for players who went to overtime in Game 7 against Toronto, Julien said. "It also gives Tuukka the opportunity to laugh about that goal."

Rask made sure there wouldn't be another collapse, stopping Ryan Callahan on a breakaway with just under 10 minutes to play. Callahan split the defense and went to his backhand, but Rask turned it away with the blocker on his right arm.

"As a goalie, you expect to make one or two big saves. And today it happened," Rask said. "I didn't feel bad about myself after Game 4; obviously, there was a little screw-up there with that goal. But I didn't let that bother me, and I felt like I played a decent game after that."

Campbell broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, then added an empty-netter with 51 seconds left to clinch it after Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for an extra skater.

Lundqvist made 29 saves and Dan Girardi scored for the Rangers, who lost to New Jersey in last year's East finals.

• Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1: In Chicago, Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals in the second period, and Chicago avoided elimination with a 4-1 victory over Detroit in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series.

Shaw added his third career playoff goal in the third as the Blackhawks stopped the Red Wings' three-game winning streak by creating chaos in front of Jimmy Howard, who had shut down Chicago's attack while moving Detroit to the brink of the Western Conference finals.

With the sellout crowd chanting "Ho-ward! Ho-ward!" in an attempt to shake him, the standout goalie made 41 saves in another solid performance. But the Blackhawks created enough quality chances that he couldn't stop all of them.

Bryan Bickell scored the first goal of the game and Corey Crawford had 25 stops for Chicago, which managed only two goals during its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Daniel Cleary scored for the second straight game for Detroit, which will have another chance to close out the top-seeded Blackhawks in Game 6 on Monday night. That will be at home, too, where the Red Wings are 4-1 in this postseason.

The Blackhawks had two of their best power plays in weeks. Upset with how Chicago had been playing with the man advantage, coach Joel Quenneville tried all sorts of combinations in practice to no avail. He finally got what he wanted when the Blackhawks needed it the most.

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