With their backs against the wall, the
Toronto 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
, however, this game could've gone the other way in a hurry. Now the Leafs have to figure out how to win at home.
After stealing a game in Toronto in Game 4, the
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.
was huge in net again, but the Bruins couldn't give him the scoring support.
James 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.
In a mostly-boring regulation, the
kept firing shots at
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
getting one past the Rangers netminder.
New York Rangers
' offense has gone cold in Washington.
'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.
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.
Detroit Red Wings
got some terrific performances from their best players and solid goaltending from
. 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.
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.
Los Angeles Kings
were not at their best Friday night, but their goalie was. L.A. managed just 16 shots on goal, while
made 21 saves in a defensive struggle.
's buzzer-beating goal at the end of the second held up as the Kings bottled things up in the third period.
St. Louis 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
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.
Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also...