NHL Game Summary - Boston at Detroit|
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarome Iginla was credited with the game-
winner just over 13 1/2 minutes into overtime, as the Boston Bruins scored
three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in
Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series from Joe Louis Arena.
Dougie Hamilton threw a shot on net from just above the right circle that
tipped off Iginla's stick in the circle before deflecting in off Danny
DeKeyser's leg in front to give the Bruins a commanding 3-1 lead in this
"It was a pretty fortunate goal, fortunate bounce," Iginla said of his game-
winner. "An ugly one, but that seems to be how a lot of those are in OT."
Boston trailed 2-0 early in the second, but Torey Krug potted a power-play
goal just past the midpoint of the frame before Milan Lucic lit the lamp 1:15
into the third to tie the tilt.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 35 shots for the Presidents' Trophy winners, who will
look to close out the series when they welcome the Red Wings to Boston for
Game 5 on Saturday.
Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall tallied a goal and an assist apiece for
Detroit, which saw No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard scratched just before the
start of the game with the flu.
Jonas Gustavsson, making his first career playoff start, stopped 37 shots in
the setback. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg returned from a 30-game absence
and recorded one shot in just over 19 1/2 minutes of ice time.
"It is steep, but we know it's tough to close out a series," Zetterberg said
of the Red Wings finding themselves in a do-or-die situation heading into Game
5. "We just have to go and win a game and bring it back here."
The Red Wings entered the game 0-for-9 on the power play in the series, but
wasted little time capitalizing on their initial power-play opportunity on
After Boston's Justin Florek received a four-minute double-minor for high
sticking 10:56 into the tilt, Datsyuk won the ensuing offensive zone faceoff
back to the right point for Kronwall, who rifled a slapper that sailed over
the glove of a screened Rask to make it 1-0 Red Wings at 11:00.
Kronwall and Datsyuk helped double Detroit's lead 4:27 into the second after
Kronwall came up with a loose puck along the left boards in the Boston zone
and sent the disc to the front of the net.
The centering feed was tipped in front and knuckled high in the air behind the
net, where Kronwall gloved it before setting up Datsyuk's one-timer from the
low right side to make it 2-0 early in the second.
Boston sliced the margin in half on the power play at 10:14 of the middle
frame, as Patrice Bergeron won an offensive zone faceoff back to the right
point for Krug.
With room to work, Krug skated toward the high slot before firing a heavy
slapper that tipped off a defender's stick and beat Gustavsson high to the
glove side to bring the Bruins within 2-1.
Lucic evened things early in the third after he chipped the puck into the
Detroit zone off the right boards. Carl Soderberg won a race to the disc
behind the net and quickly slid a no-look feed out front for Lucic, who
pounded the puck past Gustavsson to tie the tilt at 1:15.
Zetterberg, who had surgery to repair a herniated disc on Feb. 21, last played
for the Red Wings on Feb. 8 ... Boston head coach Claude Julien coached his
100th career playoff game behind an NHL bench ... Boston went 1-for-2 on the
power play, while Detroit finished 1-for-4 on the man-advantage ... Hamilton
had two assists for the Bruins.
04/25 02:39:27 ET