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Boston Bruins look to eliminate Detroit Red Wings


The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings will face-off in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Boston will look to wipe their hands clean of Detroit with a fourth straight win against them.

Since dropping the opening game of the series, the Bruins have ripped off three consecutive victories, including their first two wins at Joe Louis Arena since 2007.

Detroit finds themselves on the brink of elimination, having found no remedy to combat Boston’s stout defense, utter-worldly goaltending and relentless offensive pressure. A victory would propel the Bruins into the second round of the playoffs for a date with Montreal.

Tuukka Rask has allowed just four goals in four games. Detroit’s offensive pressure has been erratic at times. They’ve had chances, but Rask has remanined calm, cool and collected in all situations. As if Boston’s net-minder didn’t need any added confidence, he was named a 2013-2014 Vezina Trophy finalist on Friday.

The Red Wings opening period of Game 4 was by far their best of the series. They scored early, attacked the Bruins defense and played with confidence. Unfortunately for them, such play went by the wayside and Boston methodically wore them out. If they have hopes of extending their season, they’ll need to find a way to string together 60 minutes of consistent hockey.

Jonas Gustavsson will be in net for the Red Wings as Jimmy Howard will be sidelined with the flu for the second straight game.

Despite such a commanding three-games-to-one series lead, the Bruins understand nothing can be taken for granted. Just last season the Bruins stood in the same spot with a chance to finish off Toronto. They failed to do so and were nearly bounced from the tournament.

Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla will all be looking to build upon impressive outings. The trio played an integral role in earning an overtime victory against Detroit in Game 4. Lucic scored the equalizer, Hamilton assisted on the winner and Iginla sealed the deal.

Boston will likely be without Daniel Paille. He’s not played in the series. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said veteran winger Daniel Alfredsson will make a return to the lineup.

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