Bruins edge Detroit in playoffs

Boston Bruins wing Jarome Iginla scores the winning goal to seal a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.

    Boston's victory moves them to within one win of a place in the next round of the playoffs [AFP]
    Boston's victory moves them to within one win of a place in the next round of the playoffs [AFP]

    Boston notched a vital 3-2 overtime victory at Detroit to move within one win of a place in the next round of the NHL playoffs, while Los Angeles avoided elimination and Minnesota squared their series against Colorado.

    Boston's Jarome Iginla scored with 6:28 minutes left in overtime on a shot that went off an opponent, completing a comeback from a two-goal deficit and giving the Bruins a 3-1 series lead.

    Detroit took a 2-0 lead early in the second period after Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist.

    Torey Krug pulled a goal back for the Bruins midway through the second period and Milan Lucic tied it 2-2 early in the third period.

    Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves in a surprise start, filling in for Jimmy Howard, who was ill.

    The Presidents' Trophy winners and defending Eastern Conference champions can advance with a win against the Red Wings at home. 

    Kings beat Sharks

    Los Angeles had to win at home to avoid a series sweep against San Jose and did just that, winning 6-3 to cut the series deficit to 3-1.

    Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals each while captain Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Toffoli scored on his 22nd birthday during a three-goal second period.

    James Sheppard, Matt Nieto and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks. 

    Minnesota's Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series and helped the Wild defeat Colorado 2-1 to lock up the series 2-2.

    The Wild outshot the Avalanche a stunning 32-12, establishing a franchise record for fewest allowed by Minnesota. Colorado has been outshot 78-34 in the past two games, with Ryan O'Reilly getting the only goal.

    Jared Spurgeon used a slap shot to get a puck past Colorado's Semyon Varlamov just 3:47 minutes into the game to give the Wild the early advantage.

    SOURCE: AP


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