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Vatrano helps Bruins, Gustavsson defeat Red Wings

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- Frank Vatrano scored his second goal of the game with 1:28 left in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2, come-from-behind win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

Vatrano tipped in Colin Miller's shot during the 3-on-3 for his third goal.

"Just put my stick down on the ice and it went it. That's it," Vatrano said.

Defenseman Colin Miller had a goal and an assist for Boston (12-8-1), which won its fourth straight.

Pavel Datsyuk scored his 300th NHL goal, and Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit (11-8-3); Petr Mrazek made 19 saves.

Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who played for the Red Wings the past three seasons, made 32 saves.

"They came out and had a lot of pressure at the net … but what's important is we found a way to come back," Gustavsson said. "… Maybe not how we wanted to get a win, but a win is a win."

Miller tied it 2-2 with 1:44 left in the third period. He beat Mrazek with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

"Loui [Eriksson] did a nice job of leaving it for me so I could walk into it, and I just tried to go back left with it," Miller said.

Mrazek was partially screened.

"I didn’t see the puck very well. I didn’t see the guy coming for the one-timer," he said. "Then I saw him on the last second and I just tried to be big in the net and get out of the blue paint. But it was a nice shot by him."

The Red Wings scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.

"I thought we did lots of great stuff, to be honest with you. In a lot of ways, it was our best game of the year," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've got to find a way to score the third goal there. Obviously, they hang around and it's 2-1, that can happen. I think when you go into overtime -- we've talked about it -- you leave a bit up to chance."

Datsyuk tied it 1-1 at 2:26 of the second period. He cut in off the right wing, flipped the puck over the stick of Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who was diving, and beat Gustavsson under the crossbar from the slot. It was Datsyuk's second goal of the season.

"It's a big milestone for me and I'm happy to help my team with lots of good teammates. It's fun," Datsyuk said.

He is the ninth Russian-born player to score 300 goals in the NHL, and the ninth Red Wings player to do so.

Tatar gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 5:07 left in the second period. His shot from the slot deflected in off Krug's stick. Tatar had come directly off the bench to score his seventh goal.

Vatrano gave Boston a 1-0 lead 7:11 into first period when his shot from the high slot beat Mrazek.

"We needed two points. And even though we didn't have a great game there in the second period, we rounded it out in the third," Vatrano said. "Even if you haven't played your best game, you stick with it and things usually work out."

Forward Landon Ferraro played 9:51 for the Bruins less than a week after being waived by the Red Wings.

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