8 a.m.: The Boston Bruins have faced an overtime in Game 7 in all three of their last first-round playoff series. They’ll have a chance to snap that streak on Saturday where they’ll look to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings.
The B’s and Wings will square off in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at TD Garden, and the Bruins will be attempting to close out the series. The B’s have a 3-1 series lead after they were able to come from behind and win Game 4 in overtime on Thursday night in Detroit.
The Bruins would be wise not to get too comfortable. They were in the same exact situation last season when they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in overtime in Game 4. The B’s couldn’t finish the series in Games 5 or 6, however, and had to come back from a three-goal deficit in Game 7 just to survive the first round. They certainly don’t want to go through that again this year.
“We can learn a lot from last year,” head coach Claude Julien said. “You can look at it whichever way you want. It doesn’t mean that just because it happened before that it has to be the same thing. There are different situations all the time. We have yet to lose respect for that team we’re playing against.”
Boston saw Thursday night in how dangerous the Red Wings can be when they’re playing at their best. Detroit was clearly inspired by the return of Henrik Zetterberg, who saw his first game action since early February. He’ll be back in again on Saturday afternoon. So, too, will goalie Jonas Gustavsson after making the emergency start in place of Jimmy Howard, who was scratched with the flu, according to the team. Gustavsson was really good in Game 4, as he stopped 37 of the Bruins’ 40 shots before allowing Jarome Iginla’s game-winning goal in overtime. Detroit could also see the return of veteran Daniel Alfredsson, who missed the last two games with a back injury.
Puck drop from the Garden is scheduled for 3 p.m.