- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.

Jarome Iginla scored with 6:28 left in overtime on a redirected shot that went off an opponent, lifting the Bruins to a 3-2 win over Detroit on Thursday night in Game 4 of their first-round series to finish off a comeback from a two-goal deficit.

“It was a bit ugly at times, but then we got our stuff together,” Tuukka Rask said after stopping 35 shots.

The Presidents’ Trophy winners and defending Eastern Conference champions can advance with a win against Detroit on Saturday at home.

“It’s not over yet,” said Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who appeared to be the last person to touch the puck on the game-winning goal. “We’ve just got to keep playing hard.”

If the Red Wings extend the best-of-seven series by winning at Boston, they will host Game 6 on Monday night.

Early in Game 4, a return to Joe Louis Arena appeared likely.

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

Torey Krug scored midway through the second period to pull the Bruins within a goal. Milan Lucic tied it at 2 early in the third period.

“I thought they got better as the game went on,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we had a real good push at the start, but they stuck with it and as the game went on, we had more holes in us defensively.”

Detroit’s Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves in a surprise start Thursday night, filling in for Jimmy Howard, who was out with the flu.

“Last second, he just couldn’t go,” Babcock said.

Iginla was credited with the winning goal, but seemed to get some help putting the puck in the net. Boston’s Dougie Hamilton sent a shot toward the net that Iginla deflected and the puck looked like it went off DeKeyser’s left leg before going in the net.

“It’s a playoff goal,” Gustavsson said after appearing in his first postseason game after playing in 141 games over five regular seasons. “That’s how you win games.”

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg played for the first time since having back surgery two months ago. Zetterberg gave the crowd a jolt, leading to fired-up fans roaring when he was on the ice for his first shift, and seemed to also give his team a boost early in the game.

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