A different goaltender and the return of Henrik Zetterberg were just not enough to overcome the Boston Bruins. The Wings came out with high energy and emotion and made it look as if they could tie the series. But mistakes caused by inexperience and youth led to a breakaway goal by Milan Lucic forcing overtime. Jerome Iginla eventually netted the game winner in OT, giving the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead.
The Red Wings got goals from Pavel Datyuk and Niklas Kronwall but teams inability to score was again the story in Game 4. Ken Hollands free agent and trade acquisitions were non-factors again in Game 4. Daniel Alfredsson was scratched again with a sore back and David Legwand was virtually invisible.
Once again the Red Wings were forced to lean heavily on their youth for the added scoring punch. But the Wings younger players look tired and over-matched against the Bruins.
The Red Wings will head to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday and attempt to stay alive in the series.
But winning Game 5 will be a tall order for the Wings injured veterans and inexperienced rookies. Jimmy Howard missed game 4 with the flu and his status is unknown for Game 5.