Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla scored third-period goals Saturday to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over Detroit and into the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask stopped 31 shots in the victory, which wrapped up a 4-1 triumph over the Red Wings in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.
Loui Eriksson and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston, with Torey Krug adding two assists.
The Bruins will next face the Montreal Canadiens, fellow members of the “Original Six” founding NHL clubs.
Montreal, the only Canadian team in the post-season this year, swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games in the first round.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings, who were in the post-season for the 23rd consecutive season but who failed to advance from the first round for the second time in three campaigns.
Jonas Gustavsson, making his second start in place of an ailing Jimmy Howard, made 29 saves in the season-ending defeat.
Lucic gave Boston a commanding 3-1 lead at 4:27 of the third period, with some help from Krug, who picked off Johan Franzen’s clearing attempt to set up Lucic for the goal.
Zetterberg pulled one back for Detroit at 16:08. Rask had stopped Justin Abdelkader’s redirected shot, but Zetterberg was able to shoot home the rebound to trim the deficit to 3-2.
Any Red Wings momentum was quickly dented, however, when they were penalized for having too many men on the ice, and Iginla sealed it with an empty-netter with 15 seconds left to play.