The series will head back to Boston for Game 6 after the Buffalo Sabres skated past the Bruins 4-1 in Game 5 on Friday night in Buffalo. Adam Mair, Jason Pomminville, Mike Grier, and Tyler Ennis (ENG) all found the back of the net for Buffalo. Johnny Boychuk's blast from the point on the power play with 2:30 remaining in the game was the only puck to get past Ryan Miller (34 saves).
Things got a little heated in the closing moments of the game. In the final seconds of the game, Paul Gaustad slashed the back of Zdeno Chara's leg. Chara was naturally angered by the unnecessary hack away from the play in the closing seconds of a 4-1 hockey game and went after Gaustad and sent off a scrum that resulted in 55 total penalty minutes, including a fight instigator for Chara. A fight instigator in the final 5 minutes of a game carries an automatic one-game suspension, but the league can overturn the suspension. Darren Dreger of the TSN.ca is reporting that Chara will not be suspended for Game 6.
- Colin Campbell's Wheel of Injustice finally landed on the right answer for once.
- Buffalo Head Coach Lindy Ruff had a slightly different take on the incident at the end of the game from that of B's bench boss Claude Julien:
"It's a serious risk of an instigator when you come in throwing punches. They've got to take a hard look at that. Anything in the last five minutes is stupid to do. I like the fact that we had one grab him around the knees, one guy grab him around the waist, and another guy grab him around the neck. And the big man went down. You get in a situation like that, everybody knows the rules. You can't start slugging people. That's exactly what Chara was doing. Our response was good to that play."
- Lindy Ruff via Boston.com
Everyone knows the rules...except Lindy Ruff. I believe what he is describing is known as "third man in".
"I'm sure if you look at the way the series has gone, we'll be blamed for starting it. We're used to it. It's not a big deal. I know that I saw Chara get slashed behind the leg. It must be our fault, I'm sure. This is playoff intensity. This is the way it goes. You turn the page and move on."
- Claude Julien via Boston.com
- Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
- I've never understood how you can call one player for a fighting major. Doesn't it take two to tango?..or something like that.
- Game 6 is Monday at 7:00 in Boston.
- Sorry for the short recap. I flew home tonight, so I only caught the third period. For more in-depth coverage (and probably a different take on the incident at the end of the game), check out Die By The Blade.