NHL Playoffs: Grades for Night 11

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Clarke MacArthur's second-period goal helped force a Game 6 in Toronto-Boston series. (USATSI)
Clarke MacArthur's second-period goal helped the Maple Leafs send the series back to Toronto for Game 6. (USATSI)

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B+With their backs against the wall, the Maple Leafs responded in a big way. Toronto dominated the first period, had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, but just kept chipping away and managed to force Game 6. Had it not been for James Reimer, however, this game could've gone the other way in a hurry. Now the Leafs have to figure out how to win at home.
C+After stealing a game in Toronto in Game 4, the Bruins failed to close on home ice. Boston also failed to capitalize on a late power play but battled til the very end and hit the post in the dying seconds. Tuukka Rask was huge in net again, but the Bruins couldn't give him the scoring support.
AJames Reimer was the difference for the Maple Leafs. Coming off a game in which doubts about his ability as a No. 1 surfaced, Reimer made 43 saves, including several big ones late, to ensure the series returned to Toronto.
BIn a mostly-boring regulation, the Capitals kept firing shots at Henrik Lundqvist but couldn't seem to break through. That was particularly true when the Caps out-shot the Rangers 13-4 in the third period. Everything opened up in overtime, and it was Mike Ribeiro getting one past the Rangers netminder.
C-The Rangers' offense has gone cold in Washington. Brian Boyle's goal less than a minute into the game was all New York could muster. Twenty-five shots throughout the game and just four in the third period isn't going to cut it.
C+The Ducks got better as the game wore on, but it was far from a complete effort from Anaheim. Even with out-shooting the Red Wings, the Ducks seemed to lack urgency until the latter stages of the game. The late comeback gave Anaheim a chance, but the better team won.
B+The Red Wings got some terrific performances from their best players and solid goaltending from Jimmy Howard. Detroit looked and played like a team playing for its life. Blowing another late lead, however, is a concern. It hasn't burned the Red Wings yet, but it's not something they'll want to become a habit.
AHenrik Zetterberg hadn't scored in the series before Friday. He put up two huge goals, including the overtime game-winner and also delivered a pretty assist earlier in the game. The Detroit captain's best game couldn't have come at a better time.
BThe Kings were not at their best Friday night, but their goalie was. L.A. managed just 16 shots on goal, while Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in a defensive struggle. Dustin Penner's buzzer-beating goal at the end of the second held up as the Kings bottled things up in the third period.
CThe Blues battled throughout Friday night's contest but found themselves on the wrong end of the handshake line. St. Louis did a solid job defensively, and Brian Elliott was sound between the pipes. Offensively, the Blues just didn't have it. It's almost sad that the series has to end now as it was wildly entertaining.
 
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