DETROIT -- Gustav Nyquist did it again, and this time it was the NHL's hottest team that got burned.
Nyquist's highlight-reel breakaway goal with 7:12 left in the third period, his second in as many games, led the injury-riddled Red Wings to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Nyquist scored less than two minutes after Detroit rookie forward Tomas Jurco tied it 2-2 off a kick pass from teammate Tomas Tatar during a goal-mouth scramble. After picking up a loose puck off a turnover, the speedy forward turned on the jets through the neutral zone and created a one-man rush after zipping around towering Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara at the Boston blue line.
He beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for his 23rd goal in the past 28 games by roofing a shot into the upper right corner of the net for a 3-2 lead. Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard (33 saves) helped make it stand up and Boston watched its 16-game string of recording at least one point come to an end. The Bruins (52-18-6) came to Detroit 15-0-1 in their previous 16 games overall and 13-0-3 in their prior 16 on the road. They also had their franchise-record winning streak on the road stopped at nine games.
Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg scored for the Bruins, who were without first-line right wing Jarome Iginla, a late scratch due to what the team called a lower-body injury.
Tatar scored Detroit's first goal, finishing with a two-point night.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron had a seven-game goal streak come to a halt, while Nyquist extended his own goal-scoring streak to three games. He has scored in nine of his past 10 games.
The victory gave the Red Wings (36-26-14) and a little breathing room in their quest to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season. Detroit owns the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference; the Red Wings are three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and four in front of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Boychuk's goal at 16:50 highlighted an entertaining first period and gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It happened a little more than a minute after an apparent power-play goal by Torey Krug was disallowed. Just prior to Krug's shot from the left point, the 6-foot-9, 255-pound Chara made contact with Howard in the crease to negate the goal.
Krug also had a hand in creating an earlier near-miss. His long stretch pass from the Bruins' goal line split a pair of Red Wings and hit Bergeron in stride for a breakaway at 6:52 of the first period. If not for a deft stick save by Howard to block the five-hole, the Bruins would've taken a lead much sooner.
Rask made a couple notable stops in the first 20 minutes at the other end to keep the Red Wings off the scoreboard, but Tatar got one past him early in the second. After taking a pass in the high slot from Danny DeKeyser, Tatar tied it 1-1 at 4:45 with a perfectly-placed wrist shot from the top of the right circle that went through traffic and beat Rask to the far side for his 19th goal.
The problem for Detroit was that it was just one of seven Red Wings shots in the second, thanks in large part to a couple of unsuccessful Bruins power plays. After being outshot 11-4 in the first, Detroit trailed 25-11 after 40 minutes. The game remained tied 1-1 through 40 minutes thanks mostly to Howard's work in the last half of the second period.
Combined with a couple missed shots on prime scoring chances, Howard displayed some of his best work this season to keep the game knotted heading into the third.
A hooking penalty on Detroit's Darren Helm with three seconds left in the second led to Boston finally solving Howard 1:10 into the third with a power-play goal for a 2-1 lead. Moments after another great save by Howard, Bergeron found Soderberg with a perfect cross-ice pass through the slot for a shot from the left circle that caught the short side.
Jurco's goal at 11:06 got the Red Wings even, setting the stage for Nyquist's spectacular winner.