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David Pastrnak scored Saturday’s Game #5 winning goal with only 88 seconds left on the clock.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins - Game Five
“How’d you do that?” (Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak)
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The action returns to Columbus tonight, where the Bruins hope to finish the Blue Jackets in Game #6 and move to the Eastern Conference Final. Tune in at 7:00PM EDT on NBCSN.

  • The Perfection Line sealed the win on Saturday with a signature #88 game-winning goal at the 88 second mark. Sportsnet
  • Boston now focuses on eliminating the opposition, and the key is not chasing from behind to get there. Boston Herald
  • Three observations from Game #5 include another show of resiliency. Bruins Daily
  • Tuukka Rask played as big as, well, Todd Angilly’s booming voice- he is silencing his detractors. Boston Herald
  • More flukey goals? No excuses- just as Boston pushed on in similar circumstances during Game #4. CBS Boston
  • The Bruins are looking within to prepare, not at what some opposing coach babbles in a postgame media scrum Bonus- Charlie McAvoy looks good to go, Noel Acciari remains day-to-day. Patriot Ledger
  • Those successful rebounds and second chances will only be available if Boston remains aggressive, goes to the net front, and creates havoc. NHL
  • Book it- the Bruins are closing this series TONIGHT. How’d that last prediction work out for you, John Tortorella? WEEI
  • Two young Bruins defensemen acquitted themselves with valor. Brandon Carlo did yeoman’s work in the gamewinning goal sequence. Then Charlie McAvoy took one for the team to preserve the lead. (With video) HockeyBuzz
  • They’re baaaaack, and scarier than ever. Have the Bruins finally moved past relying on Tuukka Rask and their plucky bottom six? 985 The Sports Hub
  • The Bruins steel themselves for Sergei Bobrovsky to again bring his “A” game. Boston Herald
  • Paul Stewart addressed that infamous puck-in-netting goal, and Brad Marchand’s antics. HockeyBuzz
  • The GOAT, Tom Brady, left a very enthusiastic reply to Zdeno Chara ’s post on Instagram following the Game #5 win. Link is *NSFW* NESN
  • The REAL key to any Bruins victory? (Video, 0:35) YouTube

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In other Stanley Cup Playoff news: Here’s the golden synopsis of up-to-the-minute news. (Check out the historic series odds for the Bruins when winning a Game #5 after splitting 2-2 as well as after leading 3-2 going into any Game #6.) NHL Media A former Bruins coach doubled down on his disdain for the Hurricanes. USA Today Joe Pavelski pulled a Nathan Horton, and Tomas Hertl scored twice to pull the Sharks past the Avalanche in their Game #5. Washington Post The Blues and Stars are headed for a Game #7 showdown. NHL
  • Shhhh! Here’s the real secret to this season’s surprising Hurricanes. The Hockey News
  • Vezina finalist Robin Lehner finally can stop and take a breath, but his future is up in the air after the Islanders’ season ended so very suddenly. TSN
  • Greg Wyshynski takes on the NHL Awards finalists, NHL rules that we’d all like to see changed, and offers some news links of his own. ESPN
  • Michel Terrien has reemerged. Sportsnet
  • Ken Holland appears to be the one chosen to sort out the Oilers in the post Peter Chiarelli era. Sportsnet
  • Analytics would be more palatable if described as “decision sciences.” All better now! Hockey-Graphs