David Pastrnak notched his second goal of the game with a redirection of a Brad Marchand’s pass with 1:28 remaining in regulation to give the Boston Bruins a wild 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. David Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the second period, which they extended to 3-1 in third before Columbus rallied to tie the game on goals from Ryan Dzingel and Dean Kukan. Marchand finished with a goal and two assists and Seth Jones scored the first Blue Jackets goal. Artemi Panarin was the goat for Columbus. His turnover in the offensive zone led to the winning goal and he was stripped of the puck on Boston’s first goal was as well. The Bruins lead the series three games to two with Game 6 in Columbus on Monday.
Tomas Hertl scored with twenty seconds left in the second period and then knocked in a rebound 6:26 into the third to push the San Jose Sharks past the visiting Colorado Avalanche by a 2-1 count. Martin Jones made 22 saves to get the win while Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 shots in defeat. Colorado’s Tyson Jost opened the scoring 17:01 into the middle frame with an unassisted goal. The Sharks lead the series three games to two with Game 6 in Denver on Monday.
Aleksi Heponiemi’s Liiga season ended in very tough fashion for the Florida Panthers prospect. Heponiemi was the guilty party in the penalty box, serving a double-minor for high-sticking, when Markus Nenonen scored 15:24 into overtime to give HPK a 2-1 win over Karpat. Heponiemi didn’t register a shot on goal and logged 19:56 TOI in the game. HPK came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the league title. Heponiemi did not produce a point in the seven-game final round and finished the postseason with just 3 goals and no assists in 17 games. A far cry from the numbers (46 points in 50 games) he put up during the regular season.