Fans in Boston and New York may have seen their last home games of the season.
The latest Jaro Halak impression was furnished by Craig Anderson, who stopped 41 shots in Ottawa’s 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden.
Saturday afternoon, with our old friend Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box for a brain-dead slash in a tie game, Troy Brouwer beat Tim Thomas with a shot that good goaltenders stop.
Washington heads home with a 3-2 series lead and can send the Cup champs to the golf course on Sunday. And Patrice Bergeron is questionable for Game 6.
Elsewhere, José Theodore shut out the Devils 3-0 to move Florida within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference semi-final.
In St. Louis, the Blues roared back from a 1-0 deficit to beat San Jose 3-1 and advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Sunday tripleheader begins at noon in Philadelphia, where Pittsburgh will try to even up its series with the Flyers.
At 3 p.m. in Washington, the Caps will try to eliminate the Stanley Cup champions.
Then at 8, the Canucks are at home trying to stay alive against L.A.
The only two teams to make the playoffs every year since the lockout are the Red Wings and Sharks.
They’re both gone.
How about a Stanley Cup final between Florida and Nashville?
TV ratings through the roof … NOT!