Detroit Red Wings (1-3) at Boston Bruins (3-1), 3 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to win a fourth straight game and advance to the second round of the playoffs when they host the Detroit Red Wings in Saturday's Game 5 at TD Garden.
The Red Wings notched a 1-0 win in Boston to open this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, but the top-seeded Bruins have won three straight since Game 1 to push Detroit to the brink of elimination.
If the Bruins win on Saturday, they will head to the conference semifinals to face the Montreal Canadiens, who swept Tampa Bay in the first round. If Detroit wins, however, the Bruins and Wings will meet Monday at Joe Louis Arena for Game 6.
Boston has outscored the Red Wings by a 10-3 margin over the last three games, but Thursday's Game 4 meeting in the Motor City was a close battle. Jarome Iginla was credited with the game-winner just over 13 1/2 minutes into overtime, as the Bruins scored three unanswered goals en route to the 3-2 win victory.
Dougie Hamilton threw a shot on net from just above the right circle that tipped off Iginla's stick in the circle before deflecting in off Danny DeKeyser's leg in front to give the Bruins a commanding 3-1 lead in this best- of-seven series.
The marker was the 33rd of Iginla's playoff career, but it marked the first time the 36-year-old netted a postseason OT winner.
"It was a pretty fortunate goal, fortunate bounce," Iginla said of his game- winner. "An ugly one, but that seems to be how a lot of those are in OT."
Boston trailed 2-0 early in the second, but Torey Krug potted a power-play goal just past the midpoint of the frame before Milan Lucic lit the lamp 1:15 into the third to tie the tilt.
Tuukka Rask, who on Friday was named as one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, turned aside 35 shots for the Bruins.
Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall tallied a goal and an assist apiece for Detroit, which is one loss away from being eliminated in the first round for the second time in three years. The Red Wings were bounced out by Nashville in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs before losing in the second round to Chicago last spring.
The Red Wings played Thursday without No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, who was a late scratch from Game 4 after coming down with a case of the flu. Jonas Gustavsson played well in a pinch, stopping 37 shots in his first career playoff start.
Gustavsson will get the start again on Saturday, as Howard has not recovered from his illness. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said Howard could suit up as the backup, but Detroit recalled Jake Patterson in case he is unable to dress for Game 5.
Although the Red Wings were missing Howard in Game 4, Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg made his return from a 30-game absence and recorded one shot in just over 19 1/2 minutes of ice time. Zetterberg, who had back surgery on Feb. 21, saw his first NHL action since playing Feb. 8 in Tampa.
Zetterberg, who had 48 points on 16 goals and 32 assists in 2013-14 for Detroit, is hoping he can help his team extend the series on Saturday.
"It is steep, but we know it's tough to close out a series," Zetterberg said. "We just have to go and win a game and bring it back here."
Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson has missed the last two games of the series with back spasms but expects to return for Game 5.
This series is the first playoff meeting between the Bruins and Red Wings since the 1957 Stanley Cup semifinals. The clubs spent decades playing in opposite conferences before Detroit moved to the East as part of the NHL's realignment plan for the 2013-14 season.
Boston Power-Play Goal - Loui Eriksson, from Dougie Hamilton and Tuukka Rask at 3:27.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit (Hooking), 2:34; Shawn Thornton, Boston (Hi-sticking), 4:26; David Krejci, Boston (Tripping), 17:12.
Detroit Power-Play Goal - Pavel Datsyuk (3), from Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg at 14:41. 3,
Boston Power-Play Goal - Zdeno Chara (2), from Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug at 19:56.
Milan Lucic, Boston (Hi-sticking), 14:29; Danny DeKeyser, Detroit (Holding), 16:48; Loui Eriksson, Boston (Interference on goalkeeper), 18:40; Johan Franzen, Detroit (Holding), 19:23; Brendan Smith, Detroit (Cross checking), 19:45.
Boston Goal - Milan Lucic (3), from Torey Krug at 4:27. 5,
Boston Goal - Milan Lucic (3), from Torey Krug at 4:27. 6,
Detroit Goal - Henrik Zetterberg, from Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk at 16:08. 7,
Boston Empty Net Goal - Jarome Iginla (2), from Milan Lucic and David Krejci at 19:44.
Brad Marchand, Boston (Roughing), 1:11; Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit (Tripping), 6:59; Patrice Bergeron, Boston (Hooking), 8:27; Brad Marchand, Boston (Roughing), 12:42; Tomas Tatar, Detroit (Too many men/ice - bench), 16:56.
Shots on Goal:
Detroit 8 + 12 + 13 =
Boston 11 + 13 + 9 =
Power Play Conversion:
Detroit, Jonas Gustavsson 3-32-.906. Boston, Tuukka Rask 2-33-.939.
Steve Kozari, Dean Morton
Lonnie Cameron, Brian Murphy
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla registered third-period goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots, as the Boston Bruins advanced courtesy of a 4-2 decision over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from TD Garden.
Loui Eriksson and Zdeno Chara also tallied, with Torey Krug adding a pair of assists for the Bruins, who won the series 4-1 and face the rival Montreal Canadiens in the next round at a date to be determined.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg provided offense for the Red Wings, who failed to win a playoff series for the second time in three seasons.
Jonas Gustavsson, making his second start in place of the ill Jimmy Howard, made 29 saves in the season-ending setback.