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Nyquist goal lifts Red Wings over Bruins
Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) receives congratulations from left wing Johan Franzen (93) after scoring in the third period against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Nyquist blew by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara before beating Tuukka Rask glove side for his 12th goal in 10 games and Jimmy Howard turned aside 33 shots as the Red Wings won their third straight and handed the Bruins their first regulation defeat since March 1.
Tomas Tatar also scored and set up Tomas Jurco's tying goal as Detroit opened a three-point lead over Columbus for the top wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg tallied for Boston, which fell to 15-1-1 in its last 17 games. Rask made 17 saves as the Bruins lost for the seventh time in their last eight meetings against the Red Wings.
A penalty on Darren Helm with three seconds left in the second period set the stage for Boston to go ahead as Soderberg buried a crossing feed from Patrice Bergeron 70 seconds into the third.
Detroit pulled even 10 minutes later when a puck got caught in the equipment of Boston's Andrej Meszaros before dropping to the ice, where Tatar kicked a pass to Jurco for an easy conversion into an open net, setting the stage for Nyquist's game-winner.
An apparent goal by Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was disallowed due to goaltender interference, but Boston struck 69 seconds later on Boychuk's bullet into the left corner with 3:10 left in the opening period.
The Red Wings tied just as a power play expired 4:45 into the second period on Tatar's perfectly placed shot to the far corner from the top of the right circle.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Nyquist's 28th goal extended his point streak to 10 games while Bergeron had his seven-game goal-scoring string halted but ran his point streak to nine games. ... Bruins F Jarome Iginla, named the league's First Star of the Month after scoring 13 goals, sat out the game with a lower-body injury. ... Red Wings F Daniel Alfredsson missed the contest with a lower-body injury while F Pavel Datsyuk, out since Feb. 27, remained sidelined but could be back in the lineup Friday. ... Boston F David Krejci appeared in his 500th career game.