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Bruins oust Detroit, eye Canadiens
"There's a lot of hatred between the teams, the fans and the cities when it comes to the rivalry," left winger Milan Lucic said after his goal and assist helped his team close out the Red Wings with a 4-2 Game 5 victory on Saturday.
The Bruins will meet the Canadiens for the 33rd time - easily the most series between any two NHL teams. Montreal leads 24-8, but the Bruins have won the last two - and there has been all kinds of bad blood between the teams through the years.
"People tend to make it a huge deal, outside our locker room, but we've learned over the years that the more focused we stay on our own doing and keep the focus on us, we get the better results," said goaltender Tuukka Rask, who stopped 31 shots in another strong game on Saturday.
The Canadiens went 3-1 against the Bruins this season, winning one of the games in a shootout.
On Saturday, defenseman Zdeno Chara snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal with 3.8 seconds left in the second period and Lucic scored 4:27 into the third as the Bruins eliminated the Red Wings in the first playoff series between the Original Six teams since 1957.
Rask, named this week as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, was beaten on a rebound by left winger Henrik Zetterberg (first goal, to go with an assist) with 3:52 left, making things close.
Rookie defense Torey Krug had two assists for the Bruins, who won the President's Trophy for the most points in the regular season.
The Bruins killed six of seven Detroit power plays and are 53-of-56 in their last 15 playoff games.
Gustavsson, who also made 30 saves, was playing his second straight game, with starter Jimmy Howard still out - officially with the flu while there was speculation he suffered a concussion earlier in the series.
"I think the biggest difference was they were able to stick to their game plan for 60 minutes every game better than we did," Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said.