After the 2014 President’s Trophy winners found themselves staring up at a 2-0 deficit and a potential 2-2 opening series tie, the Boston Bruins then clawed their way out of that hole to secure a win in Motown Thursday night.
At 11:32 of the first overtime, former Calgary Flame Jarome Iginla deflected in teammate Dougie Hamilton’s wrist shot from the point to end the Red Wings hopes and put the Bruins up 3 games to 1 against their Atlantic Division and Original 6 rivals.
The B’s are now in firm control of this series, and are in position to wrap up these quarterfinals in front of a national television audience this Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden in Boston.
Niklas Kronwall opened the scoring on the power play by firing a slapshot past a heavily screened Tuukka Rask exactly 11 minutes into the first period.
In the second, Kronwall assisted on Pavel Datsyuk’s 2nd playoff goal before Boston’s Torey Krug answered on the power play to halve their host’s lead to 2-1.
Later Milan Lucic, who has inexplicably managed to avoid a suspension of any kind after two spears to the groin of opponents in less than a month, tied the game in the 3rd period.
Game 5 of the series will take place Saturday afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts on NBC. (3p.m. ET)