The Bruins got off to a 3-1 lead in shots to start the second period, and Brad Marchand had another prime chance right in front of the net that he couldn’t get past Johan Gustavsson. Loui Eriksson had a golden chance for his second goal of the game on a 2-on-1, but the puck rolled up on his stick and he fired it over the Detroit net.
The Red Wings started the find their stride in the period, getting good time in the Bruins zone and putting some tough shots on the Bruins defense, but the blue liners held strong through the first half of the period.
The Bruins penalty kill faced another challenge with 5:31 to play in the period as Milan Lucic was called for high sticking on Brendan Smith. Detroit broke through during the subsequent power play, as Pavel Datsyuk scored just 12 seconds into the penalty that tied the game 1-1. It was Datsyuk’s third goal in the series.
The last few minutes of the period were filled with penalties, as a combined four penalties were called in the last 3:12, as Danny DeKeyser, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzen, and Brendan Smith would all go to their respected penalty boxes, the latter leaving the Bruins with a 4-on-3 for the final 15 seconds of the period.
Just as the final ticks expired off the clock, Zdeno Chara launched a bomb from the slot that beat Gustavsson and gave the Bruins their lead back with 3.8 seconds to play in the period and put them 20 minutes away from ending the Red Wings’ season.