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

Boston Bruins look to expand series lead over Detroit Red Wings

Boston Bruins (2-1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (1-2)

Location: Joe Louis Arena

Time: 7:30pm

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Boston Bruins will battle the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series. The Bruins, who gained control of the series with Tuesday’s Game 3 win, have an opportunity to push the Red Wings to the brink of elimination with a third straight win.

After being shutout in Game 1, the Bruins have dominated play since. They have established their brand of hard-nosed hockey and Detroit has yet to respond. The Bruins have outscored the Red Wings 7-1 in the last two games of the series.

Tuukka Rask has been superb in net for Boston. He’s allowed just two goals in the series to Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening. He’s denied 80 of 82 shots.

Not only has Rask aided in Boston’s stifling defensive play, but young d-men Kevan Miller, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug have all elevated their games as well.

Detroit has appeared to a be a bit overmatched by Boston’s relentlessly intense, veteran led lineup. Claude Julien has been rolling four lines and the Red Wings have failed to compensate. Mike Babcock went as for as to say that his team looked “kids” after their Game 3 loss.

Henrik Zetterberg retured to practice for Detroit on Wednesday. Babcock is hopeful that he’ll be able to make a return to the lineup and solidify some weak spots.

A big difference maker in the series thus far has been the Bruins special teams play. Their power play has produced goals in both Games 2 and 3. Their penalty killers have been flawless, going nine-for-nine through the opening three games.

The Bruins have also benefitted from some unlikely sources. Justin Florek, Jordan Caron and Hamilton have all scored in the series. Each goal marked the first of their playoff careers.

Daniel Paille has yet to make an appearence in the series. He practiced with the Bruins on Wednesday and could return to the lineup.

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