April 24, 2014 ISN – DETROIT – Jarome Iginla and the Bruins are shipping up to Boston with a chance to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings.
Iginla scored the overtime winner on multiple deflections to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings in Game 4 Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena. Boston leads the series three games to one and can advance to face the Montreal Canadiens with a victory in Game 5 Saturday back at home.
Dougie Hamilton took the original shot that was tipped by Iginla and then Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser on the way into the net at 13:32 of overtime.
Torrey Krug and Milan Lucic also scored for Boston, which became the ninth team in these Stanley Cup playoffs to erase a two-goal lead. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to keep the Bruins in it.
New fathers Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings. Kronwall’s wife gave birth to a baby boy earlier in the day, and Datsyuk’s gave birth to a baby girl Wednesday.
Jonas Gustavsson was Detroit’s unexpected, last-minute starter in goal in place of the flu-ridden Jimmy Howard. In his NHL playoff debut, Gustavsson stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced.
The Red Wings came out flying in their second home game of the playoffs, feeding off a sellout crowd that was fired up about the return of captain Henrik Zetterberg. Fans cheered the captain when he stepped onto the ice for warm-ups, took his first shift and just about any time he touched the puck.
Early on, Detroit had it a lot and was all over the Presidents’ Trophy-winners. Rask had to be good in the game’s first few minutes as he was tested often.
When Bruins rookie forward Justin Florek took a double-minor high-sticking penalty, the Red Wings didn’t waste time before cashing in. Datsyuk won the faceoff back to Kronwall, who fired through traffic to beat Rask at the 11-minute mark of the first.
Todd Bertuzzi, who was making his series debut after being a healthy scratch for Games 1 through 3, set the screen in front on Kronwall’s goal, Detroit’s first on the power play in 10 chances against Boston.
The Bruins had a couple of quality chances to tie the score, most notably when Brad Marchand missed a wide-open net with five minutes left. Gustavsson, who might’ve gotten a piece of the shot with the paddle of his stick, wasn’t tested much in the first period.
Play continued in Boston’s end in the second, leading to the Red Wings’ second goal 4:27 in. Kronwall picked Lucic’s pocket for the turnover, then caught the puck behind the net off Justin Abdelkader’s shot and fed it to Datsyuk for his second of the series.
Midway through the period, the Bruins broke up Gustavsson’s shutout bid during their 13 seconds of power-play time. After Selke Trophy finalist Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff, Krug’s shot went in off Detroit forward Luke Glendening’s stick at the 10:14 mark.
The Bruins were buzzing in the final few minutes of the second period and carried that momentum into the third. They tied the score at 2 just 1:15 in when Carl Soderberg made a perfect back-hand pass under Gustavsson’s stick to Lucic all alone in front.
Lucic’s goal from the top of the crease came on Boston’s first shot of the third and following several jeers from fans still unhappy about his spear of Red Wings defenceman DeKeyser earlier in the series.
It was the ninth two-goal lead coughed up by teams in these playoffs.
Boston had a golden opportunity to take the lead at the 10:04 mark of the third when Krug got the puck to Marchand in front with the entire net at his disposal and Gustavsson far from his crease. Marchand shot high and wide.
NOTES — Daniel Alfredsson was scratched for the Red Wings as he continues to deal with back problems. Coach Mike Babcock said trainers told him that Alfredsson should be good to go for Saturday’s Game 5 in Boston. … Bertuzzi replaced Tomas Jurco in Detroit’s lineup, while Zetterberg bumped fellow Swede Joakim Andersson. … The Bruins went with the same lineup from Game 3, which they won 3-0. … Boston forward Daniel Paille took part in the morning skate, as coach Claude Julien said he was cleared to take “a little bit of contact.” Paille has been out since suffering a concussion April 12 in Game 81 of the regular season.