Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #5
The Bruins refuse to go quietly into the night, forcing a game six in Boston after coming back from a 3-2 deficit with three unanswered third period goals. Shack (1) and McKenzie (1) led the charge for Boston in the opening period, matching Montreal shot for shot with the Habs countering with a goal from Backstrom (1).
The second frame saw Green of the Bruins fight Ferguson, the second bout between them in the series and only penalties dealt out in the game, and it was Ferguson (1) who got the biggest boost out of it by tying the game at 2-2. Less than four minutes later and Beliveau (6) struck on a Ferguson feed to give Montreal the lead.
Even in the first, out-shot in the second, Boston had the lion's share of scoring chances on Worsley who returned in goal for the Canadiens in the final period with D Smith, Hodge and McKenzie all picking up their second points of the game as Stanfield (1), Bucyk (2) and an empty netter from Esposito (5) won out for the visiting team.
BOS Cheevers (2-3-0 .885 3.40) 27/30, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (3-1-0 .910 2.75) 25/29, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Shack (1) D Smith, Hodge 5:13
MON Backstrom (1) G Tremblay 7:50
BOS McKenzie (1) Westfall, Bucyk 13:01
Fight BOS Green vs MON Ferguson 5:42
MON Ferguson (1) Rousseau, Beliveau 12:35
MON Beliveau (6) Ferguson 16:23
BOS Stanfield (1) D Smith, McKenzie 4:11
BOS Bucyk (2) unassisted 17:33
BOS ENG Esposito (5) Westfall, Hodge 18:45
Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-2
Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs Game #4
Two goals from MacGregor (2) to start and end the game's scoring, and a three point outing for Crashley (1) gave Detroit a sliver of light in their series, out-shooting Toronto forty-two to twenty-one.
The Wings found themselves down 2-1 after the first period when Keon (3) and Stemkowski (1) scored within twenty-two seconds of each other, but they were level again when Delvecchio (2) scored at 2:29 of the middle period.
Detroit then played out the third frame with total domination, amassing over half of their total shots on Gamble, as both teams played their backup netminders, in the final twenty minutes. Prentice (1) nabbed a pair of points as did Crashley to round out his star performance.
DET Crozier (1-0-0 .905 2.00) 19/21, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Gamble (0-1-0 .881 5.00) 37/42, Powerplay 0/0
DET MacGregor (1) Crashley, Henderson 4:35
TOR Keon (3) Hillman, Carleton 11:55
TOR Stemkowski (1) Pulford, M Pronovost 12:17
DET Delvecchio (2) Howe, Jim Watson 2:29
DET Prentice (1) Crashley, Delvecchio 11:47
DET Crashley (1) Prentice 13:30
DET MacGregor (2) unassisted 17:56
Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-1
Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Game #5
Another team who turned to their second choice goaltender was Philadelphia as Favell was called upon to try and keep the Flyers alive in the postseason. Facing nine shots in each period his side was down 3-1 early in the final frame after Flett (3) scored for the third game in a row, taking his shorthanded with aplomb, but the home team were able to rally and travel back to LA for game six.
That was not the first shortie the Flyers had given up in the series, or even the game, as Wall (2) had scored his goal ahead goal, his second of the game, while the Kings were down a man, adding to White's SHG back in game two. Joyal picked up an assist on the late second period goal to give him points in every game so far, but Flett takes over the points lead in LA with a goal and two assists.
Wall (1) and Dornhoefer (2) exchanged tallies in the first period before the two shorthanded goals forty-two seconds apart swung momentum fully in favour of Los Angeles. The crowd were doing their part and aided in the comeback by Philadelphia as Angotti (2) and JC Watson (2) led the charge with Peters (1) grabbing one in between.
LAK Rutledge (3-1-0 .906 1.80) 29/33, Powerplay 0/4
PHI Favell (1-0-0 .889 3.00) 24/27, Powerplay 0/1
LAK Wall (1) Irvine, Flett 3:53
PHI Dornhoefer (2) JC Watson, Miszuk 5:15
LAK SHG Wall (2) Flett, Joyal 19:44
LAK SHG Flett (3) unassisted 0:26
PHI Angotti (2) Dornhoefer 4:13
PHI Peters (1) JC Watson, Miszuk
PHI JC Watson (2) Selby, Angotti 15:18
Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series 3-2