Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, level series at 1-1
BOSTON (AP) — Two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing ended the Boston Bruins’ offensive drought and leveled their playoff series against the Red Wings.
Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara scored with a man advantage, Detroit got just one shot on goal on its four power plays and Boston won 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday.
“We don’t get too many power plays so it was good to be able to get them and be able to capitalize early,” Smith said.
He scored his first career playoff goal 10:35 into the game, about three minutes after Justin Florek’s goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead on their first shot at 7:28.
The Bruins finished the first period with 18 shots on goalie Jimmy Howard after managing just 25 in losing Friday night’s opener 1-0.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the top-seeded Bruins, who won the Presidents’ Cup with an NHL-high 117 points, and eighth-seeded Red Wings is set for Detroit on Tuesday night.
“You never want to lose Game 1,” Florek said. “I think we played with a little chip on our shoulder.”
Luke Glendening cut the lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Chara added his power-play goal early in the third.
The Philadelphia Flyers rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-2 to level their first-round playoff series, with Luke Schenn scoring the go-ahead goal in the second period and backup Ray Emery making 31 saves.
The Canadiens moved within one victory of advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay which gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored for Tampa Bay before Tomas Plekanec sealed the win for the Canadiens in the third period.
The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Kings with a 7-2 win at San Jose.
Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a comeback from the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 attempts in the club’s history.