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The Bruins bury the Red Wings, Pittsburgh controls play against Columbus, Colorados amazing comeback and the Kings stay alive; Scott Cullen has notes on Krug, Hamilton, Nyquist, Crosby, MacKinnon, Quick and more. BRUINS FINISH RED WINGS The Boston Bruins calmly dispatched the Detroit Red Wings, with a 4-2 win Saturday afternoon, wrapping up their first-round series in five games. While the series was short, it was relatively competitive but, in the end, the Bruins simply had too much. In Game Five, the Red Wings had a goal and an assist each from Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg -- and contributions from their superstars may have been their best chance for the upset -- but it wasnt enough. Boston got a goal and an assist from LW Milan Lucic and two assist from D Torey Krug on their way to the second round. The tough part for the Red Wings is that they couldnt get any production out of the young forwards that had played such vital roles this season. LW Tomas Tatar, C Riley Sheahan and RW Gustav Nyquist were held off the scoresheet in all five games and the tendency might be to think that these inexperienced forwards were overmatched in the moment, but they were Detroits best puck possession trio in the series, all three on for better than 58% of shot attempts at 5-on-5. Yet, there was ultimately some dissatisfaction from the Wings, who needed goals, not possession. In the series-deciding game, which Detroit trailed for 42 minutes, Nyquist played only 11:55, a threshold he surpassed in 44 of the previous 45 games. Detroits uphill battle was made steeper by the fact that G Jimmy Howard missed the last two games with a suspected concussion. Jonas Gustavsson actually played well, stopping 66 of 72 shots (.917), but its tough to upend the Bruins with a second-string goaltender. Datsyuk, playing on a bad knee, finished with five points in five games and was the only Red Wing with more than two points in the series. The Bruins emerged from the series, relatively easily, even though David Krejcis line struggled in possession terms. It certainly didnt hurt to have G Tuukka Rask at the top of his game, stopping 146 of 152 shots (.961) in the series. C Patrice Bergeron and Krug tied for the Bruins team lead with five points in the series. Lucic, RW Jarome Iginla and D Dougie Hamilton each had four points. That the Bruins young defencemen were able to contribute offensively proved to be a real advantage. The series win sets up Boston for a matchup with their rivals from Montreal. The top-seeded Bruins will be favoured, but the head-to-head matchups with the Canadiens have been tumultuous, dramatic affairs (well, forever, but also) in recent seasons, so it should be a fascinating battle. PENGUINS TAKE SERIES LEAD Perhaps feeling a little threatened, with the series tied 2-2, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out firing in Game Five and dominated play on their way to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The margin could have been much if not for the play of Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced. As the Penguins made a concerted effort to play Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together on the top line, it turned out that Pittsburghs best possession numbers came from the second and third lines. Lee Stempniak, Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Beau Bennett were each on the ice for more than 70% of the 5-on-5 shot attempts. Pittsburghs depth was also boosted by the presence of C Marcel Goc, who played 10:34 in his first game since suffering an ankle injury March 27. The possession domination for Pittsburgh, naturally, had a counter in Columbus, where Jack Skille, R.J. Umberger, Nick Foligno and Artem Anisimov were each below 30%. Penguins D Brooks Orpik missed the game with an undisclosed injury, giving Robert Bortuzzo an opportunity to play his first NHL playoff game and Bortuzzo didnt hurt the Penguins in 13:36 of ice time. While there has been criticism of Sidney Crosby for his play in this series, it needs to be said that his play is probably better than fine. After 11 individual shot attempts, and one assist, in Game Five, Crosby has five points and a in five games and has been on the ice for 60.1% of the shot attempts during 5-on-5 play. His LW, Chris Kunitz, had a goal and an assist, with seven shots on goal and six hits, in Game Five. This hasnt been an easy series for the Penguins, by any stretch, and theyre still trying to do it with the second-best goaltender in the series, but their skill advantage has been enough to give them the lead in the series. ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY Trailing 2-1 into the third period of Game Five, the Minnesota Wild scored twice in the first 6:25 of the third period to take the lead and appeared on their way to taking the game, before the Avalanche scored with 1:14 remaining to tie it, then finished matters 3:27 into overtime. In the end, the 4-3 overtime win gave the Avalanche a 3-2 series lead. The winning goal was authored by Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who finished the game with a goal and two assists, giving him a playoff-leading 10 points thus far. Hes three points away from Jaromir Jagrs scoring record for an 18-year-old rookie in the postseason. MacKinnon played 21:56 in Game Five, second among Colorado forwards, behind only Paul Stastny (22:38); MacKinnon, who averaged 17:21 of ice time per game during the regular season, has played more than 21 minutes in four of five games in the series. The sequence leading up to the game-tying goal was contentious. There was an apparent holding penalty that was ignored in Colorados defensive zone, with the net empty, and then the Avalanche appeared to be offside seconds before PA Parenteau buried the tying goal. This is what is known as "getting the breaks." Avalanche LW Cody McLeod scored a goal, but was obliterated at even-strength, on for two shot attempts for and 17 against (10.5%). With McLeod off the ice, the Avalanche had 56.2% of the 5-on-5 shot attempts. For the Wild, LW Matt Moulson, C Mikko Koivu and D Marco Scandella were on the ice for at least two-thirds of the shot attempts at 5-on-5, though Scandella was unfortunate enough to get beaten by McKinnon on the winning goal. Its been a close series to this point, though the Wild have held the possession edge, and it shifts back to Minnesota for Game Six. Colorado may get a boost with C Matt Duchene nearing a return to the lineup. If Duchene is ready to go, that ought to help Colorados cause. KINGS KEEP ON KEEPING ON Facing elimination for the second time in the series, the Los Angeles Kings stormed into San Jose Saturday night and outplayed the Sharks from the get-go, building a 3-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period before chilling out and taking that lead to games end. The Kings had outshot the Sharks 19-6 by the time they had taken that 3-0 lead, chasing Sharks G Antti Niemi. Not only did the Sharks lose the game, but also lost D Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hurt (upper-body injury) on a run-in with Kings C Jarret Stoll. It cost Stoll two minutes for roughing, but Vlasic did not return. If hes not able to play in Game Six, thats a huge blow to the Sharks.. Kings RW Justin Williams had a game-high seven shots on goal (11 shot attempts), leading the Kings on ice for 73.1% of shot attempts. Kings G Jonathan Quick stopped all 30 shots sent in his direction, a decided improvement after some rough games earlier in the series. While the Kings are trying to make the unlikeliest of comebacks, from being down 3-0, if they manage to get good goaltending from Quick, maybe its possible. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. 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Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the Sharks beat Philadelphia 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.With the NHL regular season right around the corner, profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up is the Boston Bruins, who are done licking their wounds after a second round loss to Montreal last spring and look to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in five seasons. Catch up on their summer moves and the issues they face this season, as well as Craig Buttons analysis of their top prospect and an analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Atlantic GM: Peter Chiarelli Head Coach: Claude Julien 2013-14: 54-19-9 (1st in Atlantic) Playoffs: Lost in Second Round Goals For: 258 (3rd) Goals Against: 171 (2nd) PP: 21.7% (3rd) PK: 83.6% (8th) That was Then: The Boston Bruins had one of their best regular seasons in franchise history in 2013-2014, winning the Presidents Trophy with 117 points. They scored a ton, played great defensively, hit everything they could see and were the best home team in the league - recording 31 wins at TD Garden. Jarome Iginla had a great year in his one and only season in Beantown, scoring 30 goals which tied him for the team lead with Patrice Bergeron. Pesky forward Brad Marchand had another solid campaign while Zdeno Chara was a rock on the blue line, scoring 17 goals and 23 assists with a plus-25 rating. Youngsters Reilly Smith and Torey Krug performed very well in their first full seasons, tallying 51 and 40 points respectively. Loui Eriksson, who came over in the Tyler Seguin deal with the Dallas Stars, struggled in his first year with the Bruins. He suffered a concussion in January and scored just 10 goals over 61 games. Maybe the biggest performance came from the man between the pipes. Tuukka Rask signed a new eight-year, $56 million contract prior to last season and was worth every penny in 2013-14. The 27-year-old posted a 36-15-6 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He also led the league with seven shutouts. All that success was quickly forgotten, though, as Boston was ousted on home ice in Game 7 of the second round by their hated rivals the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins had a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 at the Bell Centre but were shut out. Two nights later, they gave a disappointing effort in a game they never seemed to be in and were finished. To make matters worse, gritty power forward Milan Lucic reportedly threatened the Habs Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin during the post-series handshakes. Not a great ending for a team that was vying for redemption after a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The Bs also dealt with some injuries down the stretch, most notably the loss of shutdown defenceman Dennis Seidenberg who missed the final 44 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs with a torn ACL and MCL. Boston could have used Seidenbergs defensive prowess against Montreal. Depth forward Chris Kelly missed the postseason with a herniated disc while Lucic played through a bad wrist. Another reason for Bostons early exit was their sudden inability to score. They had the third-most goals during the regular season, but struggled against the Habs, only averaging 2.2 goals per game in the series. David Krejci was the teams leading point-getter last season, but failed to score a goal in the playoffs. The same goes for Marchand, while Bergeron only had three. Scott Cullens Analytics Bruins 2013-14 stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 2.55 1.75 8.0% .944 52.2% .675 21-41 2.90 2.71 7.4% .933 53.9% .690 42-62 3.29 2.33 9.9% .937 56.8% .725 63-82 3.05 1.90 8.7% .944 54.0% .800 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8% .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: A shutdown defence, with outstanding goaltending, got the Bruins off to a good start. Games 21-41: Percentages dipped, but countered by improved possession stats. Goal differential was relatively close due to a couple of lopsided losses to Detroit and Vancouver. Games 42-62: Really started steamrolling in the second half, with killer possesssion numbers, led by Bergeron, Marchand and Smith.dddddddddddd Games 63-82: Dominant down the stretch, with two regulation losses in the last 23 games. Key 2014 Additions: D Steve Eminger, F Matt Fraser, F Ville Leino (tryout) Key 2014 Subtractions: F Jarome Iginla, G Chad Johnson, D Andrej Meszaros, F Shawn Thornton This Is Now: Strapped by the cap, the Boston Bruins did next to nothing significant this off-season. But make no mistake, the Bruins are top of the line contenders for the Stanley Cup again in 2014-15. General manager Peter Chiarelli couldnt add a piece in free agency even if he wanted to, as Boston simply does not have the salary space. According to Capgeek, the club is nearly $1 million over the ceilng as it stands and thats without factoring in Krug or Smith who are unsigned restricted free agents. Theres been plenty of speculation that the club could trade one of their NHL-caliber blueliners to make room. The Bruins lost Iginla to the Colorado Avalanche, parted ways with tough guy Shawn Thornton (to the Florida Panthers) and reliable backup goalie Chad Johnson went to the New York Islanders. These losses are concerning, but shouldnt be devastating. With the absence of Iginla, the Bruins now likely look to Eriksson to help fill the void. He had a down year last season, but that can certainly be attributed to new adjustments and dealing with concussion symptoms. When healthy, Eriksson can put the puck in the net at a very rapid rate. Over four seasons from 2008-2012, the left winger scored no fewer than 26 goals and 63 points. Boston hopes the Eriksson of old is back this year. The Bs were able to give Rask plenty of rest last year because they had a solid backup in Johnson. Rask appeared in 58 games during the regular season and was ready for the playoffs. That might not be the case this time as theyll likely have to depend on Niklas Svedberg to fill in for the odd start. The 24-year-old has only played in only one career game, a victory with the Bruins last season. Time will tell if Svedberg, the AHLs top goalie just two seasons ago, can fill that role. The healthy returns of Seidenberg and Kelly should pay dividends for Boston, who could have used them against the Habs. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith Milan Lucic David Krejci Loui Eriksson Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Ryan Spooner Dan Paille Gregory Campbell Jordan Caron Matt Fraser Alexander Khokhlachev Justin Florek Anthony Camara David Pastrnak Seth Griffith Defence Left Right Zdeno Chara Johnny Boychuk Dennis Seidenberg Dougie Hamilton Torey Krug Adam McQuaid Matt Bartkowski Kevan Miller David Warsofsky Zach Trotman Goaltenders Tuukka Rask Niklas Svedberg Malcolm Subban TSN Director of Scouting Craig Buttons Top Prospect: David Pastrnak is a very gifted offensive player. He possesses all of the elements necessary to contribute offence in the NHL. Hes very smart and anticipates opportunity where he can threaten. He also has very good quickness in his skating and is capable of beating out defenders to space. And with his quick hands he can get a shot off quickly or make a deft pass in traffic. He has lots of confidence in his skill and competes to make a difference in the game. Fantasy - Scott Cullens Player to Watch Loui Eriksson The most notable piece acquired in the Tyler Seguin trade last year, Eriksson endured a rough first season with the Bruins, suffering multiple concussions and finishing wiht 37 points in 61 games, his lowest points per game since 2007-2008. Not so coincidentally, Erikssons 16:32 average time on ice per game was also his lowest since 2007-2008. With a fresh start to this season, though, there is an opportunity for Eriksson to return to a regular top-six role, likely starting the year alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. If that combination works, the always-responsible Eriksson should recapture some of his offensive flair. 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