Bruins Strike Back, Even Series with Wings

Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Reilly Smith and Justin Florek both scored their first career playoff goals to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Sunday, tying the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.

Florek started the scoring in the first period when Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard came out of the crease and attempted to pass the puck to defenseman Brendan Smith. The pass bounced off Smith's leg and right to Florek who then snapped the puck past an out-of-position Howard.

“It was great for him,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “It was also great for the team, I think, to give us that early lead and really get that confidence going, that energy that we were looking for. That was a big goal for us, so it was great to see him stay on it and react well and quick enough so that it ended up being a good goal for us.”

The Bs didn't wait long to strike again as Smith scored his goal on the power play just over three minutes later.

The Red Wings made it a game in the second period when Luke Glendening scored at the 13:20 mark to make it 2-1. But Milan Lucic scored on a give-and-go with teamate Jerome Iginla with less than two minutes to go in the second, and Zdeno Chara scored the Bruins' second power play goal of the contest early in the third to take control of the game for good.

The series now shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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