With the Carolina Hurricanes’ sweep of the New York Islanders on Friday, Saturday saw the end of the Round 2, Game 5 stage.
The Columbus Blue Jackets travelled to the Boston Bruins, whilst the San Jose Sharks hosted the Colorado Avalanche.
As things stood heading in to Saturday:
➜ Columbus tied 2-2 with Boston
➜ Colorado and San Jose tied 2-2
When a best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 is 207-57.
Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins
David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game with 1:28 remaining in the third period, handing Columbus a 4-3 defeat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.
The forward has three goals in his last two games after scoring just one goal in the first three of this series.
Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, David Krejci also scored, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for the hosts, who lead the series 3-2.
The goal was Krejci‘s 35th playoff goal, passing Ken Hodge and Don Marcotte for eighth in Boston history.
Seth Jones, Ryan Dzingel and Dean Kukan scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the visitors, who are 0-3 in Game 5 of best-of-7 series that were tied 2-2.
Six of the seven total goals came in the third period, four of which were scored in just under four minutes.
Bruins v Blue Jackets – Monday, May 6 (7pm – NBCSN)
Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks
Tomas Hertl scored his second of the game at 6:26 of the third period, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of their Western Conference Second Round series, which the Sharks now lead 3-2.
11 of Hertl‘s 12 playoff points (7g, 4a) have come in six home games. He has one goal in five on the road.
Tyson Jost scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 37 saves for Colorado, who went 0-for-3 on the power play and took five minor penalties, one of which allowed Hertl‘s first goal.
Grubauer‘s 37 saves were the most he’s made in an NHL playoff game. His teammate Nathan MacKinnon saw his eight-game point streak end (6g, 7a).
The Sharks thought they’d taken a 1-0 lead 7:04 into the game through Kevin Labanc, only for the referees to inform the Situation Room that prior to the puck entering the net, a minor penalty had been assessed to Timo Meier for high-sticking.
San Jose captain Joe Pavelski, who has missed the last five games since he sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 7 of the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights, was at SAP Center and waived to the crowd during the third period. He has not been ruled out to return in Game 6.
Sharks v Avalanche – Monday, May 6 (10pm – NBCSN)
As things stand after Game 5:
➜ Boston lead Columbus 3-2
➜ Colorado trail San Jose 3-2
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN