STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Boston advances to face Penguins
BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, Gregory Campbell scored twice, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals opposite the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bruins will face the Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. The series schedule has not been set. Pittsburgh finished off Ottawa in five games with a 6-2 win Friday night.
Recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which reached the third round of the NHL playoffs for the second time since 1992. The other was 2011, when the Bruins won the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Dan Girardi scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for the Rangers, who lost to New Jersey in last year’s East finals.
Campbell broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, then added an empty-netter with 51 seconds left after Lundqvist was pulled for an extra skater.
The Rangers fell behind 3-0 in the series before winning Game 4 on Thursday night to avoid a sweep, thanks in part to a pratfall by Rask that helped them erase a 2-0 deficit. They took an early lead Saturday, But they couldn’t send the series back to New York for a sixth game.