Los Angeles (AFP)
Patrice Bergeron scored twice and goaltender Tuukka Rask made 40 saves as the Boston Bruins won their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 on Sunday.
David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins, who won the series 4-1 and seek their first Stanley Cup title since 2011.
Boston will face the winner of the Pittsburgh-New York Islanders series in the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. This series is level 2-2.
Conor Sheary scored the only goal for the Capitals, who lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.
The Capitals’ power play led by Alex Ovechkin struggled, going zero for four on Sunday and only one for 10 in the last two games.
Pastrnak gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 2:28 of the second period at Capital One Arena. He picked up the puck in the Washington zone and beat two Capitals defensemen to pass goaltender Ilya Samsonov.
Bergeron went 2-0 later in the period after Washington rolled near the blue line, firing a hard shot past Samsonov with 5:55 left in the second.
The 2018 Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals, finally made it onto the scoreboard when Sheary scored from a rebound barely 11 seconds into the third period, 2-1.
Bergeron added assurance with 7:35 left in the third.
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