They lead this Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 3-1 after a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win in double overtime on Wednesday night and have won three straight since losing the first game 2-1. The B’s have shown great resilience and determination in this series, and they will need it Friday in what promises to be a rocking HSBC Arena with Sabres fans trying to help their team avoid elimination.
Bruins (3-1-0) vs. Sabres (1-3-0)
Game 5 Eastern Conference quarterfinals
April 23, 7 p.m. (NESN)
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
The Bruins lead this best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 will be in Buffalo with Game 6, if necessary, back in Boston on Monday.
Tuukka Rask is 3-1-0 with a 1.80 GAA and .939 save percentage after making 35 saves in the 3-2 Game 4 win. He was 22-12-5 this season with a league-leading 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage to go with five shutouts.
Tim Thomas is 0-0-0. He was 16-18-8 with a 2.55 GAA, .915 save percentage and five shutouts this season. In his only appearance against Buffalo this season, Thomas was pulled after allowing three first-period goals in a 3-2 Bruins loss.
Ryan Miller is 1-3-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .927 save percentage in the playoffs. He made 36 saves in the 3-2 double-overtime loss in Game 4. He was 41-18-8 this season. He was second to Rask in GAA (2.22) and save percentage (.929), and just like Rask, Miller had five shutouts.
Patrick Lalime is 0-0-0. He was 4-8-2 with a 2.81 GAA and .907 save percentage this regular season. He made 31 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Bruins on April 8.
Milan Lucic–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Marco Sturm–David Krejci–Miroslav Satan
Blake Wheeler–Vladimir Sobotka–Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille–Steve Begin–Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick–Dennis Wideman
Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid
Drew Stafford–Derek Roy–Jason Pominville
Paul Gaustad–Tim Connolly–Mike Grier
Tyler Ennis–Adam Mair–Cody McCormick
Raffi Torres–Tim Kennedy–Patrick Kaleta
Henrik Tallinder–Tyler Myers
Andrej Sekera–Craig Rivet
Toni Lydman–Steve Montador
The Bruins have fallen behind 1-0 in every game of this series, but with Buffalo facing elimination and looking to ride any wave of momentum they can find, the Bruins will need to do their best to light the lamp first and quiet the HSBC Arena fans. Setting the tempo and possibly erasing any thoughts that the Sabres can come back will be the key.