The B Side: Game 4 facts and observations from Boston's 3-2 OT win
The Bruins took a 3-1 series lead over the Red Wings with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena.
The Bruins can close out the series Saturday in Game 5 at the Garden.
Dougie Hamilton and Jarome Iginla celebrate the OT victory (via ESPN.com)
Here are the facts and notable talking points from the Game 4 action:
After going seven years without winning in Detroit (March 11, 2007), the Bruins have now won back-to-back games at The Joe.
Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in ice-time with 29:18 logged. The Bruins captain registered five shots and four hits.
Jarome Iginla scored his first playoff goal as a Bruin. It was also his first-career postseason overtime goal, bringing his career point totals to 33 goals, 31 assists for 64 points.
Iginla was also the recipient of the "Old Time Hockey" player-of-the-game jacket, passed over to him from Tuukka Rask.
Speaking of Rask, he made 35 saves in the win, bringing his totals in the series to some rather ridiculous places: four goals allowed, .966SV%, 0.96 GAA, and one shutout.
The Bruins landed 40 total hits on the Wings, with Matt Bartkowski, Milan Lucic and Kevan Miller leading the way with six a piece.
The Bruins defense has kept Detroit's young-gun Gustav Nyquist underwraps thus far, and in Game 4 Nyquist only recorded one SOG in 17:14 TOI. Gustav was a minus-1
Playing in his first game of the series, Todd Bertuzzi's presence paid immediate returns for the Wings, as it was Bertuzzi's big frame that screened Rask on Detroit's first-goal. Bertuzzi logged 2:17 of his 12:50 TOI on the powerplay, as he caused all kind of hell parking himself right in front of Rask on the man-advantage.
Carl Soderberg played one of his best games in a Black and Gold sweater. Soderberg set up Milan Lucic for the game-tying goal early in the third-period with a sublime rush up the ice and into the offensive zone by using his frame to get position on Wings' defenseman Brain Lashoff. As Soderberg crossed the icing-line, he flipped a backhand pass that found its way past both Lashoff's and Gustavsson's stick to the waiting Lucic. If Loui Eriksson or Justin Florek could have corralled Soderberg's passes throughout the game and found the net with their shots, Soderberg would've had three or four more assiststo his name.
Brad Marchand had a night he, and Bruins fans, want to forget. Marchand missed two wide-open nets, one in the first period and again in the third. Kevan Miller faked a shot and sent a slap-pass to across the zone to the waiting Marchand on the side of the net, but the left-winger wristed it high over the net. In the third, Torey Krug found Marchand streaking through the slot and found him with a slick pass, but Marchand fired it past the far-post.
Justin Florek provided some top-quality goalie-screening for himself, as he planted himself in front of Jonas Gustavsson on Torey Krug's powerplay goal in the second period.
The Bruins have now scored four powerplay goals on 10 opportunities in the series. The 40% on the man-advantage best among remaining teams in the 2014 playoffs (sorry, Tampa). The Columbus Blue Jackets are second, scoring at a 25% clip. Only the Philadelphia Flyers (9) have had fewer tries on the man-advantage than the Bruins.
Returning from back surgery and playing in his first game since before the Olympic break, Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg registered 1 shot on goal, no points, a plus-1 andlogged 19:34 in ice time. Zetterberg was largely invisible on the night and had more of an impact in the intangibles department through his leadership rather than on the ice.
Through four games, Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in points with 4 (1G, 3A). Dougie Hamilton (1G, 2A), Jarome Iginla (1G, 2A)and Torey Krug (1G, 2A) are all tied for second with three points.