Tuukka Rask made 31 saves Saturday to help the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, in Game 5 at Boston to clinch the teams' first-round playoff series, four games to one.
The Bruins, who finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL, advance to the conference semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens.
"That series was much tougher than maybe the results showed," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who gave Boston the lead for good with four seconds left in the second period. "I think that we handled it well, we came into this series ready and we got the job done."
Loui Eriksson opened the...