The Bruins, wanting to make sure that they had played in Detroit for the last time this season, came out swinging in Game 5, getting a few good looks on Jonas Gustavsson in the opening minutes. Gustavsson got the start for Detroit again after Jimmy Howard missed Game 4 due to the flu and was held out again.
The Bruins power play, which had been 4-for-10 through the first four games of the series, kept on buzzing during their first chance just 2:34 into Game 5, when Justin Abdelkader was sent to the penalty box for hooking Milan Lucic in the neutral zone. The Bruins took advantage when Loui Eriksson beat Gustavsson to make it 1-0 early in the first period.
Just as strong as the power play has been this series, the Bruins' penalty kill showed off its strength 59 seconds after the Eriksson goal when Shawn Thornton was called for high sticking. The Bruins killed off the ensuing penalty as the teams returned to 5-on-5.
The Red Wings made a push in the second half of the period and got another late chance as David Krejci went to the penalty box for tripping with 2:48 to play in the period. The Bruins killed off another Detroit power play, and the horn sounded on the first period with the ruins holding a one goal lead, also leading the Red Wings in shots 11-8.