Daniel Paille scored twice as the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Bruins (33-22-10) scored two shorthanded goals and went 2-for-5 on the power play in the win.
Boston now has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Bruins also have a four-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit (36-17-11) has lost two straight in regulation for the first time this season.
Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson had the other Boston goals while Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves in the win.
Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Marek Zidlicky scored for Detroit.
Pavel Datsyuk had two assists in the loss.
Jonas Gustavsson allowed four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Jimmy Howard to start the third. Howard made six saves in relief.
Sunday was the first time the Red Wings have allowed two shorthanded goals since Jan. 24, 2004.
Boston and Detroit conclude the five-game season series on April 2 in Detroit.
The Detroit Red Wings are set to lose another long-time member to retirement.
Goalie menace and power play goal scorer Tomas Holmstrom is set to call it a career according to Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily in Michigan.
Earlier in the summer, it was believed Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom’s fates would be intertwined as they’re very good friends. When Lidstrom announced his retirement, Holmstrom was still undecided on his future as recently as September.
Instead, at 39 years-old he’ll be retiring from the game and leaving behind a legacy that sees him as a folk hero in Detroit and despised by fans and goalies everywhere else.
In 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the Red Wings, Holmstrom won four Stanley Cups and finished with 243 goals. He also earned a reputation for bringing misery to opponents in front of the net thanks to his posterior and his stick work.
Detroit will likely give a shot to youngster Gustav Nyqvist to earn a larger role with the team and provide the goals they’ll lose with Holmstrom’s retirement.
Here’s something you’ve never heard before: The Detroit Red Wings will be starting a hot shot Swedish prospect tonight against Minnesota.
Joining the ranks of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom, and Jonathan Ericsson in the Red Wings lineup is former second-round pick Gustav Nyquist.
Nyquist was a Hobey Baker Award finalist while playing at the University of Maine last year and after just a handful of games in the AHL, he’s getting his shot to steal a spot in the Wings’ lineup.
With Jiri Hudler playing like a guy who spent a year away from the NHL in Russia and the Red Wings in the midst of a four-game losing streak that’s seen their offense evaporate, Nyquist is getting the chance to prove he belongs. For a kid that’s just 22 years old, getting to crack the Red Wings lineup and play on a line with Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi gives him the chance to be the set-up man and designated speed demon.
For the Wings, it’s just another sign that their reliance on players out of Sweden is no joke and that if opponents would like to better talk trash, they’d best be bilingual.