David Pastrnak couldn't control his enthusiasm with the possibility of helping the The Boston Bruins advance to the playoffs, and captain Patrice Bergeron approached the deciding game as if that was the reason he played hockey.
With Pastrnak, Bergeron and goalie Tuukka Rask in the lead, the Bruins eliminated the Washington Capitals in five games with a 3-1 victory Sunday night. Pastrnak was dazzled by a goal of Highlight-Reel , Bergeron scored twice at the right time and Rask made 40 saves to set up a showdownation in the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins or the New York Islanders.
" These games are fun "said Pastrnak. "The feeling you get with the guys after the game in the locker room and the happiness like little kids is something you play the game for.
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Songs from "TUUKK! "emanated from a large group of black and gold - clad Boston fans who were part of the sold-out limited-capacity crowd of5333. These were sometimes interrupted by “We want the Cup!” - the trophy the Bruins last won ten years ago after a 39-year drought.
They have 12 away wins, thanks to the dominance of their top players in Game 5.
"Let's face it: our best guys did it "said coach Bruce Cassidy.
Pastrnak made it look easy to put the puck behind his back and through his legs, assisted on Bergeron's opening goal and was part of a push past Rask that ke pt most of the shots of Capitals 'outside. Bergeron, who got the "C " when Zdeno Chara left to sign with Washington, beat Ilya Samsonov with a stopable shot in the second and delayed a comeback offer with an unassisted goal in the third.
"That 's why you play the game: it ' s the adrenaline and the thrill you get," said Bergeron,who has 24 points in potentially decisive games throughout his career. "It's always special. It's always fun to be a part of it.
The only shot that beat Rask was Conor Sheary who hit his own rebound 11 seconds into the start of the third period. This ended a tied-goal drought of 147: 44, but was not enough to rally the Capitals, who beat the Bruins 41-19 and had a potential Lars Eller goal with 5 : 37 to play for goalkeeper interference.
"I felt great throughout the series " said Rask. "This game today was probably the most chances and shootings of the entire series. This is one of the reasons it looked like I was in the area.
Boston has won four in a row against Washington after losing the first game of the series in overtime. After completing the part 2 in overtime and Match 3 in double overtime, on The Bruins capitalized on an aging opponent with little response for their speed and skill.
"It 'was tight playoffs, interesting playoffs " said the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. "It 's tough for us. It's hard.
This is the third time in a row first round exit for Ovechkin and the Capitals since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. The loss comes after coach Peter Laviolette, winner of the Cup, was recruited forr a win-now organization with Ovechkin in the last year of his contract at 35 and the opportunities are running out.
As the Bruins joined the Presidents 'Colorado Avalanche, trophy winner , as the first teams to move forward, the Capitals face a litany of questions this offseason about Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov and the position of goalkeepers as a whole.
"We just lost in a playoff series, " said Ovechkin. "Let's talk about my contract and everything that later. "
Bruins trade deadline withdrawn Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar and Mike Reilly have all reached the second round of the The NHL playoffs for the first time. Hall won a five-game qualifying streak with theArizona last. year, but it's his deepest playoff run after not making it his first seven seasons.
CHARA 'S LAST STAND?
Chara became the ninth defenseman in NHL history to appear in 200 playoff games. These are in addition to his 1,608 regular season games.
The 200 playoff game could be Chara's last. The longtime Bruins captain who won the Cup in 2011 signed Washington to a one-year contract and turned 44 in March.
"Zee did a good job, " said Laviolette. "He came in and he provided good defense and a penalty and it's a big body there.
Samsonov scored three goals on 19 shots, making a third straight start for the first time in his NHL career. The young Russian kept the net almost by default after rookie Vitek Vanecek saidt left the first game injured.
Jarred Tinordi got the call to replace injured defenseman Kevan Miller on the Boston blue line against the team with which his father Mark made the 1998 Cup final. Tinordi was 6 at the time and remembers watching most of the games on TV with his siblings and mother.
Those roles are now reversed with Mark tapping into the games when his son is in the lineup and offering some advice. the path.
"All my career he has been helping me, giving me good advice " said Jarred Tinordi. "He was a guy as a player who went to two Cup finals, and so he only experiences the playoffs if I need to lean on him or something like that , he's there for me. He's been awesome the whole time.
Bruins: Get somedays off while the = " target = "_ blank "> Islanders and Penguins face off in the other East Division series, which is tied at two games apiece.
Capitals: Get into a busy offseason with questions about almost half of their roster.