the Washington Capitals, led by the left wing Alex ovechkin, facing Boston Bruins, led by the left wing Taylor hall, in the fifth game of their NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC on Sunday, May 23, 2021 (5/23/21).
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The Bruins lead the series, 3-1, after winning Game 4, 4-1, in overtime on Friday.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, First Round, Game 5
who: Bruins vs. Capitals
When: Sunday 23 May 2021
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Or: Capital One Arena
TV: UNITED STATES
Direct: fuboTV (free trial)
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The Boston Bruins had to cut a goal celebration short to skate in defense of a teammate, who suffered abuse from oft-suspended Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
They did not retaliate.
They just kept scoring.
After 15 periods of neck-and-neck hockey, the Bruins finally shattered an opening in their playoff series against Washington on Friday night, scoring goals from David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle 34 seconds apart early in the third period to win 4. -1 and send. capitals on the verge of elimination.
Brad Marchand and Matt Grzelcyk added power play goals for Boston, who was 3 for 5 with the man advantage.
“We kind of had a ‘Hey, make these guys pay’ mentality, in response to penalties they were taking,” Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. “You still want to score … but I think we reacted well to the penalties they were taking and ultimately made them pay off on the scoreboard.”
Tuukka Rask stopped 19 shots for his 54th playoff win, breaking the Bruins’ franchise record set by Hall of Famer Gerry Cheevers in 1980. Boston took a 3-1 best of seven playoff lead and can advance with a Match 5 victory in Washington on Sunday.
“It doesn’t matter who the hero is every night,” said Pastrnak, who scored his first goal of the series and was originally credited with Marchand’s goal. “As long as you win, you feel great.”
After three straight overtime games in which neither team managed as much as a two-goal lead, the Bruins made it 2-0 on Pastrnak’s power-play goal 29 seconds after the third. The crowd at 25% capacity had barely settled before Jake DeBrusk’s shot bounced off the glass behind Ilya Samsonov and landed in the crease for Coyle to prick into the net.
Behind the game, Wilson put a few more punches on Nick Ritchie – one of the game’s many scuffles. For the second game in a row, Rask was hit with a hit by the Capitals; Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller was sent to hospital by a free kick from Dmitry Orlov.
“Their guy got off his feet, at the limit of the end, and drove right under his chin,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who added Miller left the ice for the hospital. “It’s unfortunate for Kevan, but we’ll see how he is.
Alex Ovechkin made it 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining when his shot was deflected into the net by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. It was Ovechkin’s first 2021 playoff goal and 71st of his playoff career, pushing him past Steve Yzerman and tied with Bryan Trottier for 16th in NHL history.
But Grzelcyk restored the three-goal lead over Boston’s power play third, five minutes from time.
Samsonov, whose overtime turnover in his playoff debut helped Boston win Game 3, made 33 saves for Washington. He struggled to hold his stick – he lost it three times in the second half – and had to hurt his knee at one point, but he stayed in the game.
Samsonov was taken out for much of the final three minutes, but the Capitals couldn’t come close despite a 6-to-4 advantage for the most part.
“Just think we didn’t really show it off today,” said forward Lars Eller. “We were gone. Now we have 48 hours to regroup here and I want to see a different team in the fifth game at home. I think we can do it. I have already seen it.
The Capitals went almost 20 minutes without a shot on goal midway through the game and were outscored 37-20 overall. But it was still scoreless until Marchand switched Pastrnak’s shot to the power play with 12 minutes left in a second.
“They scored on the power play tonight,” said Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. “Some of the penalties that I don’t like, some are part of the game. It’s physical there. At the end of the day, there has to be discipline.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)