If the Bruins end up losing Game 4 by a goal or two, then they will be kicking themselves for some missed opportunities in the first period.
The Red Wings got a major boost before the game, as captain Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 8 after he was injured playing for Team Sweden in the Olympics. Detroit took the energy from getting their leader back and ran with it early in the first, flying up and down the ice in a manner not seen through the first few games of this series.
The Bruins were outshot 14-5 in the first, but did get away 15 shot attempts. Ten of those, however, never reached Jonas Gustavsson, as the Red Wings were able to do what the Bruins did in Game 3: successfully block shots.
After the Red Wings went up 1-0 on a power play goal by Niklas Kronwall, Justin Florek almost tied the game, as he came out of the penalty box and got a good rush on Gustavsson, but rang a backhand shot off the iron.
Brad Marchand also had a golden opportunity to tie the game, as a rebound found his stick with Gustavsson out of the net, but failed to put the shot between the posts and missed on an open net.
While the strong play of Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins down just a goal heading into the first intermission, the Bruins had to have been shaking their heads knowing that it very well could have been at least a 1-1 game, despite the Red Wings thoroughly outplaying them in the period.