Bruins push Red Wings to brink of elimination, Boston wins, 3-2 in OT

DETROIT, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- The captain's storyline, the Father's Day storyline - the Bruins slammed shut the book on both, leaving the Detroit Red Wings reading emergency manuals.

The Bruins took Thursday's Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena, 3-2 in overtime to take a 3-1 lead on the Detroit Red Wings in the first-round series. Game 5 is Saturday in Boston.

Jarome Iginla was credited for the winning goal, which went off Danny DeKeyser at 13:32 of overtime.

Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk, who over the previous two days each had welcomed a baby, turned the game into a new fathers' celebration, pairing up to make it 2-0 by early in the second period. The Bruins took advantage of breakdowns by the Wings and vulnerability from surprise starter Gustavsson, scoring midway through the second period and again early in the third period to force the first overtime of the series.

Henrik Zetterberg played for the first time in over two months, returning nine weeks after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk. Gustavsson ended up making his NHL playoffs debut after Jimmy Howard came down with flu during the afternoon, rendering him in a backup role. Todd Bertuzzi made his first appearance of the series, too, and immediately backed up why it was a good idea to bring in a big, calm veteran presence.

The Wings finally made good on a power play after going 0-for-9 in the first three games. Datsyuk won a faceoff and sent the puck to Kronwall - a man who began the day by celebrating the birth of his son, Douglas - and Kronwall ripped a shot Rask couldn't see thanks to Bertuzzi screening. Bertuzzi had predicted Detroit's power play would start clicking once it regained Zetterberg.

"Z is captain for a reason," Todd Bertuzzi said. "He carries the torch around here and he leads by example. Obviously the guys have done a great job while he's out, but it's a huge hole when he's not in the lineup. I think the power play is going to be that much more effective and tough to play against."

Benefitting from his teammates' dominance, Gustavsson saw just five shots all period - one more than Rask saw in the first 20 minutes of Game 3 - and had puck luck on his side when Reilly Smith's shot caromed off the left goal post.

Datsyuk and Kronwall were back at it in the second period, with Kronwall going behind the net to knock the puck out to Datsyuk, who had a wide opening for his second goal. The Bruins demonstrated they're no pushovers by taking advantage of Gustavsson at the midpoint of the period, with former Spartan Torey Krug scoring off a faceoff win by Patrice Bergeron, firing a shot through traffic that went in off Luke Glendening.

The Bruins earned that goal, as they owned the period, outshooting the Wings by a near 2-1 margin and showing they still consider this their series to lose. Gustavsson looked shaky on a number on occasions, and give up one rebound after another.

The Bruins took advantage of a defensive breakdown by the Wings to tie the game early in the third period, storming into Detroit's zone. Carl Soderberg fed a backhand pass to Lucic, who'd been left unattended by the Wings. Lucic was just outside the crease when he scored his second goal of the series. Brad Marchand missed by inches on putting the Bruins ahead when he somehow fired wide after Gustavsson had left his net completely exposed. Kyle Quincey had a good shot denied by Rask soon after, as each team stepped up pursuit of success.


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