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Bruins use special teams to power past Red Wings

Matt Kalman  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 6:26 PM

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."

Goaltender Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves, and Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins, who have won three of four games against Detroit.

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 Red Wings tied it 1-1 on a goal by Gustav Nyquist, whose wrist shot deflected off Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid and beat Svedberg at 7:01.

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.

Detroit pulled within 4-2 when Luke Glendening beat Svedberg through the five-hole 1:24 into the third period. But the Bruins' power play responded with Loui Eriksson's goal at 4:03 for a 5-2 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.

The Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Boston visits the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:15BOS SHG - Brad Marchand (22) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 BOS
07:01DET Gustav Nyquist (22) ASST: Kyle Quincey (11) 1 - 1 Tie
09:12BOS PPG - David Pastrnak (8) ASST: Milan Lucic (22), Reilly Smith (24) 2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
11:44BOS SHG - Daniel Paille (4) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 BOS
18:39BOS Daniel Paille (5) ASST: Max Talbot (12), Gregory Campbell (4) 4 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
01:24DET Luke Glendening (9) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (31), Tomas Tatar (22) 4 - 2 BOS
04:03BOS PPG - Loui Eriksson (16) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (29), Ryan Spooner (5) 5 - 2 BOS
06:02DET PPG - Marek Zidlicky (6) ASST: Tomas Tatar (23), Pavel Datsyuk (32) 5 - 3 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Daniel Paille
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:19
Dennis Seidenberg
2nd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:13
Max Talbot
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 7
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:49
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:13BOS Reilly Smith  Slashing against  Henrik Zetterberg
07:42DET Danny DeKeyser  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
12:03DET Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Ryan Spooner
18:21BOS Loui Eriksson  Interference against  Kyle Quincey
2nd Period
02:02BOS Milan Lucic  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonas Gustavsson
10:02BOS Gregory Campbell  Holding against  Marek Zidlicky
12:27DET Drew Miller  Tripping against  Patrice Bergeron
3rd Period
03:50DET Joakim Andersson  Hi-sticking against  Dougie Hamilton
05:42BOS Carl Soderberg  Tripping against  Brendan Smith
15:53DET Riley Sheahan  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
shots by period
PeriodDETBOS
1st1216
2nd107
3rd177
Total3930
Team Stats
CategoryDETBOS
Power Plays1/52/5
Hits2219
Faceoff Wins3134
Giveaways106
Takeaways03
Blocked Shots714
Penalty Minutes1010
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  • BOSTON
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