The Boston Bruins pushed the Detroit Red Wings to the brink of elimination, the Los Angeles Kings are still in it, and the Colorado Avalanche could not get near the net.
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Another two-goal lead goes away
The Detroit Red Wings got a huge boost to their lineup on Thursday when captain Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup, and even though starting goalie Jimmy Howard was out of the lineup, things were looking good when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Boston Bruins and seemed to be in control of the game. But these are the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, and here no two-goal lead is safe. The Red Wings found that out on Thursday when they allowed Boston to tie the game and then win it in overtime on a Jarome Iginla goal. It's the ninth time this postseason a team turned a two-goal lead into a loss. Playoff teams were a 44 percent Fenwick (unblocked shot attempts at even strength) team entering the night, and Detroit managed to put up only a 20 percent mark during its brief two-goal lead before Boston got on the board. Don't sit back, kids.
Tyson Barrie is pretty important to the Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche have only been outscored by two goals over their past two losses to the Minnesota Wild, but that doesn't tell the story as to just how lopsided the two games have been. Had it not been for the performance of Semyon Varlamov in net, these two games could have easily been blowouts. The Avalanche managed just 12 shots on goal during their 2-1 Game 4 loss, and that number was stuck on eight with as late as three minutes to play until coach Patrick Roy pulled the goalie for an extra attacker while on the power play. Even then getting puck at the net was a struggle. The biggest problem for the Avalanche right now is going to be playing without defenseman Tyson Barrie. He is their best puck-moving blueliner and the Avalanche were already a poor possession team with him in the lineup. Since he's been out of the lineup following a knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke in Game 3 Minnesota has completely dominated the series.
Jarome Iginla's first overtime playoff goal
Scoring the game-winner for Boston was Jarome Iginla off of a weird shot that took a couple of bounces into the net. Iginla managed to get a piece of and deflect it toward the net, where it would need to take another bounce off of Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. For Iginla, it was his first career playoff overtime goal.
Kings aren't done yet
Jonathan Quick gave up another weird goal, but it didn't matter for the Kings, who were 6-3 winners to keep their season going for at least one more game. If nothing else they showed they're not going away with a fight and received goals two-goal efforts from Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams as well as goals from Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown in what was by far their best game of the series.
Brad Marchand can't get the puck to go in its home
The Bruins won, so Brad Marchand can probably laugh about this if he wants, but he had not one but two wide open looks at the net on Thursday night, and completely whiffed on both of them. The only way the Red Wings could have made it easier for him is if they actually put the puck in the net for him. At some point this will balance out and some terrible angle shot from behind the goal line will go in for him, but for right now here he is shanking one on an empty net.
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