Two series in the Eastern Conference are complete after Boston knocked out Detroit on Saturday, setting up a classic showdown with longtime rival Montreal.
No such luxuries exist in the deeper Western Conference. The Los Angeles Kings made sure of that, winning a second straight game to improve Western Conference road teams to 3-17 this postseason.
Whichever teams comes out of the grueling west will be a tired and beat-up lot. And if the Boston Bruins are waiting on the other end.
GAME OF THE DAY: Colorado 4, Minnesota 3 (OT): If the Blackhawks-Blues series has been the No. 1 series of the postseason, this series has been 1A. Game 5 had it all: spectacular skill, controversial calls, a late rally, overtime and the continued coming out party of a special rookie.
PLAY OF THE DAY: The Avalanche's tying goal in regulation. This one will be talked about in Minnesota for a long time. With the Wild leading 3-2 and Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov pulled early for an extra attacker -- what...