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'Determined' Bruins even series
The Bruins appeared big and bad once again, outmuscling the Red Wings early and getting to the net often during a 4-1 win Sunday that evened the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece.
The Bruins scored twice during a three-minute span in the first period, then further deflated the Red Wings with goals late in the second and early in the third while storming back from a shutout loss in the series opener Friday.
"It's been a strength for us throughout the season," said winger Milan Lucic, whose goal with 3:44 left in the second period gave Boston a 3-1 lead. "It's not always going to be pretty. It's going to be those goals when you have to chip away and get that second or third shot."
The series moves to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday.
Forward Justin Florek got Boston rolling with a goal on the Bruins' first shot of the game 7:38 into the first period when Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard's clearing attempt bounced off a teammate and right to the Boston winger. Smith made it 2-0 on a power-play goal with 9:25 left in the first and the Bruins never let up.
Detroit's frustration built after the first two goals and led to numerous scrums after the whistle. The first period ended with a pileup behind the Boston net and a shoving match between Brendan Smith and Chara that nearly escalated into a fight. Smith, about seven inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter than the Boston captain, continued challenging Chara as he laughed before having enough and throwing down his stick as a linesman charged in and broke it up.NOTES: Boston F Jarome Iginla had two assists. ... Boston forwards Justin Florek, Reilly Smith and Luke Glendenning scored the first three goals of the game two nights after making their playoff debut. ... Detroit D Brendan Smith, Reilly's brother, unintentionally had a hand in the first goal of the game when Howard's clearing attempt bounced off his calf and right to Florek.