The Detroit Red Wings were staring their entire season in the face against the Presidents’ Trophy winners on the road Saturday. The odds were long and there was no room for error. In the end, it was simply too much to overcome.
Boston’s Loui Eriksson opened the scoring on the power play at 3:27 of the 1st period with his initial tally of the postseason. The Bruins’ lead held up until 14:41 of the 2nd, when stalwart Wings center Pavel Datsyuk returned the favor by flipping a power play goal of his own past Tuukka Rask.
The parade of power play scores continued when Boston’s Zdeno Chara netted the go-ahead marker with four seconds left in the middle period.
Boston’s Milan Lucic and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg traded goals in the 3rd, before Jarome Iginla ultimately found an empty Detroit net to seal the victory.
It was already guaranteed that the Montreal Canadiens would face an Original 6 rival in the 2nd Round, but the question of which team that would be remained unanswered. Today, that answer was provided.
After eliminating Detroit and ensuring that this series would not return to Motown, the Boston Bruins will now welcome their perpetual pain Thomas Vanek and the Habs to Massachusetts to begin the 2nd Round of the playoffs.