Right winger Jarome Iginla's goal with 6:28 left in overtime gave
the Boston Bruins a 3-2 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings in
Game 4 of the playoff series at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.
Boston holds a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is Saturday afternoon in
Iginla was credited with the goal after Dougie Hamilton shot the
puck from along the right wing boards and it appeared to go in off
the stick of Detroit center Luke Glendening and the leg of Red Wings
defenseman Dan DeKeyser.
"(Left winger Milan) Lucic was already in front of the net before
Dougie just shot it," Iginla said. "And after it went by Lucic and
their guy, I just tried to tip it."
The Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period,
but the Bruins got one back in the second and equalized just 1:15
into the third.
"We weathered the storm in the first period. They had the extra
step," said Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 35 saves. "But I
thought we got better as the game went on."
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall and center Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal
and an assist for Detroit. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was a late
replacement for No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, who came down with
the flu during the pre-game skate. He made 37 saves.
"We feel like when we play our game we can beat any team. Boston is
a strong team but we feel like we can play with them," Gustavsson
said. "For us, we need to bring our A game and focus on that next
game and we'll take it from there."
Red Wings center and captain Henrik Zetterberg returned after being
out since Feb. 8 (30 games) because of back surgery.
"Obviously it was tough to lose the game. I think it was a step
forward though from the last two games, and we got the lead early
and got the second one," Zetterberg said. "It's a good team that
we're playing. We knew it was going to be tight. Not surprising that
the game went to overtime and it's a one-shot game there in the end.
Unfortunately they got it."
The Bruins are focused on closing the series out in Game 5.
"The next game is huge. You don't want to come back here for Game 6,
3-2," lefty winger Brad Marchand said.
Defenseman Torey Krug and Lucic scored in regulation for Boston.
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Lucic tied it at 2-2 early in the third period when he was left open
in front of Gustavsson. It was Lucic's second goal of the series.
Krug, who is from the Detroit suburb of Livonia, put the Bruins on
the board and made it 2-1 with a power-play goal with 9:46 left in
the second period. He beat Howard with a slap shot from the high
Datsyuk gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead 4:27 into the middle period
with his second goal of the series. Stationed at the side of the
net, he put a pass from Kronwall — who was behind the net — into
the empty side of cage.
The goal came about a minute after Gustavsson made a big save on
Bruins center Gregory Campbell at the other end.
Kronwall opened the scoring with a power-play goal with nine minutes
left in the first period. He beat Rask with a slap shot from the
right point four seconds after Boston left winger Justin Florek went
off with a double minor for highsticking. The goal was Kronwall's
first in 25 playoff games.
The Red Wings had been 0-for-9 on the power play in the series
before the goal.
NOTES: Boston C Patrice Bergeron is a finalist for the Frank J.
Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top defensive forward. The two
other finalists are Chicago C Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles C Anze
Kopitar. .... LW Todd Bertuzzi replaced RW Tomas Jurco in the Red
Wings' lineup. ... Red Wings RW Daniel Alfredsson missed his second
consecutive game due to a sore back. ... Boston assistant coach Doug
Houda played with Detroit in the late 1980s and early '90s. ...
Detroit C Joakim Andersson was also a healthy scratch. ... Red Wings
C Pavel Datsyuk's wife gave birth to a girl Wednesday while D Niklas
Kronwall's girlfriend delivered their son Thursday afternoon.
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