- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit’s mistakes, and their stellar goaltender’s flawless performance.

Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period after the Red Wings had miscues on the ice and Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout, giving Boston a 3-0 win over the Red Wings and a 2-1 series lead in their first-round series.

Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the third period, sealing the lopsided game.

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins are ahead in the series for the first time. And, it seems like a commanding lead the way they have played the past two games.

“I would never say that,” Boston coach Claude Julien insisted.

Detroit has to win Game 4 on Thursday night to avoid facing elimination when the series shifts back to Boston.

Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the Red Wings, who needed him to make what appeared to be a routine stop midway through the first period on the first goal. Hamilton’s wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat Howard’s glove on a power play after Detroit had too many men on the ice.

“That goal can’t go in,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “They were better than us all night, but we gave them two goals.”

The Red Wings didn’t have enough players in position to stop the second goal. After a poorly timed line change, Caron was all alone in front of the net and scored off a rebound created by Shawn Thornton’s shot.

“Once I turned around and got to the blue line, I saw there was a lot of ice,” Thornton said.

Detroit had a 5-on-3 power play for 35 seconds midway through the second period and could not take advantage.

The Red Wings had perhaps their best chance early in the third period, but Rask made a sprawling stop to get his glove on Justin Abdelkader’s shot.

“Just tried to track it down and leave the rebound to someone else,” Rask said.

Detroit did not have many other opportunities against Rask, who ended up with his fourth career playoff shutout.

The Red Wings had a power play midway through the third period and got only one shot to Rask, whose teammates prevented the puck from getting to him by putting their bodies and sticks in the way all night.

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