BOSTON (AP) — Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.
Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener.
Luke Glendening cut Boston’s lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.
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.
On Sunday, Boston didn’t take its first shot until 7:28 into the opening period. And it went in.
Florek, a rookie wing filling in for the injured Chris Kelly on the third line, scored after Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Brendan Smith missed connecting on a pass.
Howard came out of his crease to collect a loose puck and passed it toward Smith, who was skating back along the right boards. But the puck bounced off Smith’s right calf and into the circle where Florek shot quickly before Howard could get back.
It was Florek’s first career playoff goal after he scored one goal in four regular-season games.
The Bruins made it 2-0 at 10:35 on a power-play goal by Smith, whose brother Brendan plays on the Wings.
Howard stopped Patrice Bergeron’s shot from the blue line and Loui Eriksson poked the puck between Howard’s legs. Smith then skated behind Howard and tapped it in.
Glendening positioned himself in the right spot, just in front of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask to score his first career playoff goal.
Darren Helm’s shot from the top of the right circle hit Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk’s stick just in front of the crease. The puck went up, hit Glendening in the chest and got past Rask.
The Bruins’ top line, which had struggled, restored the momentum about five minutes later on a well-coordinated play.
Lucic carried the puck into the middle of the offensive zone as Jarome Iginla cut behind him. Lucic dropped the puck for Iginla and continued toward the net where he received a return pass across the slot from Iginla. Lucic’s hard shot from five feet hit Howard’s stick and trickled over the goal line at 18:16.
Lucic was fined $5,000 but not suspended Saturday for spearing Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser during the opener.
Chara finished the scoring at 2:27 of the third period just 17 seconds after Kyle Quincey was penalized. Iginla passed the puck from low in the right circle and the 6-foot-9 Chara, standing to the left of Howard, knocked it in.
NOTES: Boston’s David Krejci appeared to score an empty-net goal with 2:10 left, but Lucic was ruled offside. … Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller returned to the lineup after missing the opener with an undisclosed issue. … Pavel Datsyuk, who scored the only goal in the opener, had no shots on goal in the first two periods. … Three Bruins regulars missed their second consecutive game, Kelly with a back problem, left wing Daniel Paille with a head injury and defenseman Matt Bartkowski with the flu.