Dropping the hammer: The NHL suspended Raffi Torres 25 games for his hit on Hawks forward Marian Hossa. Brendan Shanahan said that Torres' hit violated three rules: interference, charging and illegal check to the head. He also said the fact that the violent hit caused severe injury and that Torres is a repeat offender factored into their decision. Torres released a statement saying his main concern was Hossa's health and he will think about appealing the decision. Meanwhile, Hossa did not travel with his team to Phoenix.
Another concussion: Brian Boyle suffered a concussion from Chris Neil's third-period hit, and New York coach John Tortorella made it clear he wants the league to take action. Tortorella likened the hit to the dangerous blow from Torres, but Neil is not a repeat offender, a critical distinction. Neil was not penalized on the play. Boyle will miss Game 6, at the very least. Pending potential discipline, Neil might, too.
More time needed: For the fifth straight game the Coyotes-Blackhawks series went into overtime. This time, Jonathan Toews scored 2:44 into overtime to extend the series to Game 6. Any chance that one doesn't go to overtime?
Singing the Blues: St. Louis is celebrating after the Blues won their first playoff series in a decade. The young and upcoming Blues sent a message that they are legitimate contenders. The Sharks, on the other hand, are watching their window close as they ended a disappointing season that started with tons of promise.
Underdogs on top: The Rangers and Bruins, the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, weren't supposed to have this much trouble getting out of the first round. But both now sit on the brink of elimination after losing Game 5. Washington went ahead on Troy Brouwer's power-play goal late in the third period. Ottawa got two goals from Jason Spezza to take a 3-2 series lead. The Caps and Senators now have a chance to finish things off at home.
Inspiration: Florida's Jose Theodore watched Martin Brodeur rebound from being benched by posting a shutout in Game 4. It seemed like such a good idea that Theodore did the same thing in Game 5. Theodore made 29 saves to give the Panthers a 3-2 series lead and put New Jersey on the brink of elimination.