BOSTON – The Boston Bruins used their special teams to earn their second win in as many days on home ice.
The Bruins scored twice on the power play, and twice shorthanded, in a 5-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings that completed a weekend sweep of a back-to-back at TD Garden on Sunday.
Boston (33-22-10) rallied late to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday. The Bruins are 4-0-1 in their past five games.
"Well that's probably the tale of the game right there, is the special teams that made a big difference," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I thought in the first period our forecheck was extremely good, allowed us to spend some time in their end. But once we stopped putting the puck in deep or they started playing with the puck a little bit more, it was a little bit more difficult. We showed some great character there to come out today and skate and work as hard as we did."
Forward Daniel Paille, who had one goal in his first 57 games this season, scored twice, including a shorthanded goal. Paille has scored four goals in his past six games after he was a healthy scratch for two games.
"Yeah, I mean sometimes when you sit out you get to reflect on what you can do better, and for me I definitely kept a positive attitude about it," Paille said. "Claude was, like I said before, Claude was great with me with it so just coming back you kind of play like you've got nothing to lose and just keep working, and if you keep working good things will come out of it, and so far that's the way it's been going right now so it's been a huge boost I guess."
Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 19 saves before he was replaced by Jimmy Howard at the start of the third period. After the game coach Mike Babcock confirmed an undisclosed injury for Gustavsson and said the Red Wings were likely to call up goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
Howard made six saves for the Red Wings (36-17-11), who lost a second straight game in regulation for the first time this season.
"I mean anytime you come into a building where a team is playing for their playoff life you know how desperate they are going to be and we weren't surprised by that," Babcock said. "They just flat out came hard and we didn't execute at all in our own zone and gave up a lot of chances. Our power play was no good, gave up two shorthanded goals. Our penalty kill was no good, couldn't stop them, so we weren't good."
Detroit's top-ranked power play went 1-for-5, but Paille and Marchand scored shorthanded goals for Boston.
Marchand, who scored the last two goals of the Bruins' dramatic comeback victory Saturday, opened the scoring. During a penalty kill, Marchand won a race to the puck against Detroit forward Stephen Weiss and scored a shorthanded breakaway goal with a deke to his backhand and a forehand shot that put the puck behind Gustavsson at 4:15 of the first period.
Boston has scored first in eight straight games.
The Bruins regained the lead during a power play. Forward David Pastrnak skated up to the left dot and beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot inside the far post at 9:12 for a 2-1 edge.
Boston outshot Detroit 16-12 in the first period.
The Bruins' penalty kill remained their hottest weapon in the second period when Paille stripped the puck from Weiss at the Boston blue line and scored on an end-to-end rush. Despite slashes from Erik Cole and Justin Abdelkader, Paille still beat Gustavsson for a 3-1 lead.
Paille hadn't scored more than one goal in a game since April 2011, but he doubled his day's output at 18:39. Center Gregory Campbell won a faceoff before Maxime Talbot carried the puck below the goal and set up Paille for a one-timer in front that gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
The Red Wings' power play snapped an 0-for-4 drought with Marek Zidlicky's goal that cut the Bruins' lead back to two goals at 5-3 with 6:02 remaining. The Bruins survived despite a 17-7 shots edge for the Red Wings in the third period.
"Yeah, I mean we were expecting they were going to come with a push there," Svedberg said. "I think obviously the second goal [against] was a bad goal. Just a bad goal. You've got to move on and I think we responded with that goal there. And then they pressed pretty hard the rest of the game, which is natural because they were obviously losing the game. I think we stood up good and it felt like a big win for us."
The Bruins and Red Wings will conclude their five-game season series April 2 in Detroit.