Bruins come back, beat Red Wings in overtime to take 3-1 series lead
|04.24.14 at 11:11 pm ET|
DETROIT — The Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 Thursday and take a 3-1 series lead over the Red Wings. Jarome Iginla was credited with the game-winner as Dougie Hamilton fired a shot that went off bodies and in.
The Red Wings, who had captain Henrik Zetterberg back in the lineup, were forced to start Jonas Gustavsson in net due to flu-like symptoms suffered by starter Jimmy Howard.
After a Justin Florek high stick drew blood on Drew Miller, Detroit made quick work with its power play. Pavel Datsyuk won a faceoff against David Krejci and drew it back to Niklas Kronwall. With Todd Bertuzzi going to the front of the net and screening Tuukka Rask, Kronwall blasted a shot from the point through traffic to make it 1-0.
Datsyuk made it 2-0 in the second period, but Torey Krug answered back with a power-play goal, firing a slap shot from high in the zone that deflected off a Red Wings stick on its way past Gustavsson.
Carl Soderberg turned in a beauty of a play early in the third when he chased down a puck behind the net and threw it in front to Milan Lucic, who put it in to tie the game.
Rask was key for the Bruins, keeping them in it in the first period and stopping a Justin Abdelkader breakaway in the opening minute of overtime.
Zetterberg returned to the lineup for Detroit, playing for the first time since having back surgery in February. Bertuzzi was also in the lineup in place of Tomas Jurco.
The B’s will have a chance to close out the series and advance to face the Canadiens with a win in Saturday’s Game 5 at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Detroit would have held a much greater lead early on were it not for some missed nets and Rask saves. A Jakub Kindl pass through the neutral zone gave Datsyuk the entire right side of the ice to come in on Rask alone, but he missed the net stick-side. Darren Helm later did the same thing in the first on one of two missed opportunities early for Helm. The Detroit center missed the net glove-side high later on in the first period.
Rask, meanwhile, came up with with some big stops, including a right pad save on a low Kyle Quincey shot from right in front that could have made the game 2-0.
- Soderberg’s line has consistently gotten chances throughout the series and it continued in Game 4. Loui Eriksson alone would have had two goals Thursday were he a right shot rather than a lefty.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- In a reversal of Game 3, the Red Wings dominated the B’s in the first period, spending much of the period in the offensive zone and outshooting the B’s, 14-5. Boston’s best shifts in the opening minutes — which were rare — came from the fourth line, with Jordan Caron nearly getting another chance off a rebound from a Shawn Thornton shot.
- Datsyuk’s goal capped a prolonged possession for the Red Wings that could have ended earlier in the shift with a better hit from Matt Bartkowski. The defenseman failed to knock Zetterberg off the puck behind the net, with the Red Wings retaining possession and eventually scoring when Kronwall fed Datsyuk in front with Rask out of position. Krejci was also at fault on the goal, as he drifted away from Datsyuk and failed to get back to the eventual goal-scorer in time.
- Mike Babcock‘s move to put a veteran like Bertuzzi in the lineup over Jurco paid off when Bertuzzi provided a key screen of Rask on Kronwall’s goal.
- Despite Detroit’s dominance, the Bruins did have a couple of golden opportunities in the first period. The first came when Reilly Smith got a breakaway off a Datsyuk giveaway and beat Gustavsson five-hole, only to see the puck hit the right post.
The offensive low-light of the period, however, came when Brad Marchand got the puck on the doorstep with half the net wide open. As Gustavsson tried to recover and get in position, Marchand flipped the puck through the crease.
- That wasn’t Marchand’s only missed chance, however, as Torey Krug sold a slap shot perfectly with less than 10 minutes to play in the third before dishing to Marchand. With Gustavsson totally committed to Krug’s shot, Marchand missed the net on a one-timer.
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