Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Linesman Mark Shewchyk (92) gets between Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar (21) and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) in the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Red Wings vs. Bruins final score: Boston takes 3-1 series lead after 3-2 OT win

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The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings were locked in another intense battle for Game 4 of their opening round series and it made for some very excellent hockey in the end. Things got a little out of hand for the goalies on the night as right away Jimmy Howard was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson before the game even began.

While Howard had a good start to the series, he had been struggling lately and a change was clearly needed for Mike Babcock in goal. That change ended up allowing three goals on the night with one of them coming in overtime from Jarome Iginla.

No matter how spotty the netminding was on the goals scored, things settled down in the latter half of the third period and both Jonas Gustavsson and Tuukka Rask were brick walls in the final minutes of regulation and an overtime period was needed to determine a winner.

Boston now has a chance to close things out in Detroit and return to Boston victors in the series. Detroit isn’t going to just roll over but this Game 4 loss was a brutal one and it may be one that deflates the Red Wings’ season.

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