Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, on Saturday night to take a three-games-to-two lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which has the upstart Blue Jackets on the verge of elimination. Pittsburgh can close out the series Monday during Game 6 in Columbus.
Boone Jenner scored the lone goal for Columbus, which played its first Game 5 in franchise history.
The winner of the series will face the Flyers or Rangers.
The regular season wasn't much of a struggle for the Boston Bruins, and neither was their first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings.
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves, and the defending Eastern Conference champions eliminated the visiting Red Wings with a 4-2 victory in Game 5.
After finishing the regular season with the best record in the NHL, the Bruins advanced to the conference semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens.
"That series was much tougher than maybe the results showed," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who gave Boston the lead for good with four seconds left in the second period. "I think that we handled it well, we came into this series ready, and we got the job done."
Next up: Montreal, which swept Tampa Bay.
"Guys were never ever really talking about Montreal," Iginla said. ". . . The only talk today was about thinking about Detroit and getting this series over."
Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474 - the maximum allowable under the collective-bargaining agreement - by the NHL for spearing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry in the groin Friday night.
Garbutt was given a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct midway through the first period in the Stars' 6-2 loss at Anaheim.
The Ducks lead the first-round playoff series, 3-2.
Caps fire Oates
The Washington Capitals fired coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee after failing to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2007.
- Associated Press