Jarome Iginla scored with 6 minutes, 28 seconds left in overtime on a redirected shot that went off an opponent, lifting the Bruins to a 3-2 win over Detroit on Thursday night in Game 4 of their first-round series to finish off a comeback from a two-goal deficit.
The Presidents’ Trophy winners and defending Eastern Conference champions can advance with a win against the Red Wings today at home.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead early in the second period after Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist.
Torey Krug scored midway through the second period to pull the Bruins within a goal. Milan Lucic tied it at two each early in the third period.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots.
Detroit’s Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves in a surprise start on Thursday night, filling in for Jimmy Howard, who was out with the flu.
WILD 2, AVALANCHE 1
In St Paul, Minnesota, Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota. The Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a win that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece.
The Wild outshot the Avalanche a stunning 32-12, establishing a franchise record for fewest allowed by Minnesota. Colorado has been outshot 78-34 in the last two games, with Ryan O’Reilly getting the only goal.
Jared Spurgeon used a slap shot to get a puck past Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov just 3:47 into the game, much quicker than the 65:08 the Wild needed to score the last time. Game 5 is to be in Denver tonight.
KINGS 6, SHARKS 3
In Los Angeles, Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece as the Los Angeles Kings emphatically avoided first-round playoff elimination with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4.
Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist. Tyler Toffoli scored on his 22nd birthday during a three-goal second period as the Kings dodged a series sweep with a one-sided win that could plant a seed of doubt in their dominant California rivals’ minds.
Game 5 is scheduled for today in San Jose.
James Sheppard, Matt Nieto and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who could not finish off the second playoff sweep in franchise history.