Bruins shut out Wings
DETROIT — Goaltender Tuuka Rask made 22 saves for his fourth career playoff shutout and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Game 3 of the first round playoff series.
The Bruins take a 2-1 series lead in Game 4 in Detroit on Thursday.
Center Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and added an assist and defenseman Dougie Hamilton and right winger Jordan Caron also scored for Boston, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots in the loss. The Red Wings have scored only two goals in the series, winning Game 1 by a 1-0 score before losing Game 2, 4-1.
Bergeron's empty-net goal with 1:59 left clinched it for the Bruins.
Boston left winger Brad Marchand hit the goal post from the bottom of the left circle 2:18 into the third period.
Detroit center Darren Helm hit the goal post almost eight minutes into the second period.
Boston led 2-0 after dominating the first period.
Hamilton's power-play goal nine minutes into the game opened the scoring when he beat Howard with a wrist shot from the left circle. It was the Bruins' third power-play goal of the series.
Caron made it 2-0 with 4:12 left in the opening period when he put in left winger Shawn Thornton's rebound after a bad line change by Detroit.NOTES: Boston last won a game in Detroit on March 11, 2007. ... Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson did not play because of a sore back. He was replaced in the lineup by C Joakim Andersson.
... Boston RW Reilly Smith and Detroit D Brendan Smith are brothers. ... Boston D Matt Bartkowski played his first game of the series after missing the first two with the flu. He replaced D Andrej Meszaros. ... The Bruins have three players who are from Michigan and played college hockey in the state. Defensemen Torey Krug (Detroit suburb of Livonia) and Corey Potter (Lansing) played at Michigan State, and LW Justin Florek is from Marquette and played at Northern Michigan. ... Red Wings D Jonathan Ericsson, who has been out since March 18 with a broken finger, hopes to have screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand this week.