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Bruins eliminate Red Wings; Canadiens up next

  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period  in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Red Wings' David Legwand (17) and Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Red Wings' David Legwand (17) and Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A fans wait for the start of Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    A fans wait for the start of Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic. top right, celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla (12) and Torey Krug (47) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2 eliminated Detroit from the postseason. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic. top right, celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla (12) and Torey Krug (47) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2 eliminated Detroit from the postseason. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Red Wings players, including Daniel Alfredsson (11), Niklas Kronwall (55), Brendan Smith (2) and Xavier Ouellet (61) gather around goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) after losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The loss eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Red Wings players, including Daniel Alfredsson (11), Niklas Kronwall (55), Brendan Smith (2) and Xavier Ouellet (61) gather around goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) after losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The loss eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson, right, watches a shot from behind a screen during the first period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson, right, watches a shot from behind a screen during the first period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Matt Bartkowski (43) and Detroit Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser (65) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Matt Bartkowski (43) and Detroit Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser (65) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) and Johnny Boychuk (55) try to clear the puck away from Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) and Johnny Boychuk (55) try to clear the puck away from Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gives instructions to his team during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gives instructions to his team during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Fans pass a giant Boston Bruins flag around the TD garden before a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Fans pass a giant Boston Bruins flag around the TD garden before a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall (55) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall (55) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, behind, blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader (8) as the Bruins Zdeno Chara (33) defends during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, behind, blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader (8) as the Bruins Zdeno Chara (33) defends during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) and Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen (93) battle for the puck during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) and Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen (93) battle for the puck during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) scores past Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) scores past Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) sprawls on the ice as Boston Bruins' Torey Krug, center, celebrates a goal by teammate Zdeno Chara during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) sprawls on the ice as Boston Bruins' Torey Krug, center, celebrates a goal by teammate Zdeno Chara during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period  in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Red Wings' David Legwand (17) and Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • A fans wait for the start of Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic. top right, celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla (12) and Torey Krug (47) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2 eliminated Detroit from the postseason. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Red Wings players, including Daniel Alfredsson (11), Niklas Kronwall (55), Brendan Smith (2) and Xavier Ouellet (61) gather around goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) after losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The loss eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson, right, watches a shot from behind a screen during the first period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Matt Bartkowski (43) and Detroit Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser (65) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) and Johnny Boychuk (55) try to clear the puck away from Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gives instructions to his team during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Fans pass a giant Boston Bruins flag around the TD garden before a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13) battle for the puck during the first period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) checks Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall (55) during the third period of a first round Stanley Cup Playoffs NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, behind, blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader (8) as the Bruins Zdeno Chara (33) defends during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boston won 4-2 and eliminated the Red Wings from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) and Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen (93) battle for the puck during the second period in Game 5 of a first-round game in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) scores past Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) during the third period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson (50) sprawls on the ice as Boston Bruins' Torey Krug, center, celebrates a goal by teammate Zdeno Chara during the second period in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs  in Boston, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – The regular season wasn’t much of a struggle for the Boston Bruins, and neither was their first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings.

Tuukka Rask made 31 saves yesterday, and the defending Eastern Conference champions eliminated the Red Wings with a 4-2 victory in Game 5.

After finishing the regular season with the best record in the NHL, the Bruins advanced to the conference semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens.

“That series was much tougher than maybe the results showed,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who gave Boston the lead for good with four seconds left in the second period. “I think that we handled it well, we came into this series ready and we got the job done.”

Loui Eriksson opened the scoring for Boston, and Chara’s goal on a 4-on-3 advantage snapped a 1-1 tie. Milan Lucic also scored, and Jarome Iginla added an empty-netter.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 29 shots for Detroit. The Red Wings scored only six goals in the five-game series.

“We’re not there yet,” said Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock, whose team failed to win a playoff series in two of the past three seasons. “The last two years, we battled to get into the playoffs. To me, that’s a measure of where we are. Instead of battling for the Cup, we’re battling to make the playoffs.”

It was 1-1 when the Bruins gained a 4-on-3 power play thanks to a holding penalty on Johan Franzen just 22 seconds before Brendan Smith was called for cross-checking. On a faceoff in the Detroit zone, Patrice Bergeron lured two of the three Red Wings defenders toward the corner and then passed it across the ice to Chara, who one-timed it past Gustavsson.

Not usually demonstrative, Chara felt this one was worth celebrating.

“It was a big game and a big goal,” he said. “So I’m not afraid to show it.”

Lucic’s goal with 4:27 gone in the third made it a two-goal game. Detroit made it 3-2 with 3:52 left after Rask made two acrobatic saves but left the puck to the side of the net for Zetterberg, the Red Wings captain who missed two months with back surgery and did not return until Game 4.

Less than a minute later, though, the Wings were called for too many men on the ice, leaving them a man down while trying to finish the comeback. With two minutes left in the game, the Boston fans began chanting “We want the cup!”

Next up: Montreal, which swept Tampa Bay.

“Guys were never ever really talking about Montreal,” Iginla said. “We know they’ve won their series and they’re going to be next, but the only talk today was about thinking about Detroit and getting this series over.”

The Bruins won it all in 2011 and returned to the Stanley Cup finals last year before they were eliminated when the Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals in 17 seconds in the final 76 seconds of Game 6. Boston seems on its way for another long playoff run this year.

“We were playing a very good team, a team with a lot of experience, the President Trophy winners,” Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “This is a team that was just playing better than us and we fell a little short.”

The Bruins scored a power-play goal 3:27 into the first period when Dougie Hamilton’s pass bounced off a defender’s skate to Eriksson in the slot. Rask earned an assist on the play – his second career playoff point.

It stayed that way until Datsyuk came in and scooped up a rebound 12 seconds into a second-period power play after Lucic was called for high-sticking.

Notes

∎ It was the first NHL playoff game for Red Wings D Xavier Oullette.

∎ Jimmy Howard, who started in goal for Games 1-3 for Detroit, was the backup.

∎ Referee Steve Kozari took a puck in the face in the third period. He left the ice through the Bruins bench but returned after a delay of about two minutes.

∎ The Bruins killed off 14 of 15 power plays in the series before allowing a goal after Lucic’s high-sticking penalty in the second.

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