Then there was Kronwall. He rushed to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their son at 11:31 a.m. on gameday. Then made it back and was a key part of Detroit's initial surge, scoring the game's first goal and setting up Datsyuk for the second, grabbing a puck out of the air, settling on to the ice before finding his teammate.
The only thing missing was a win.
"It was a big day for me, a big day for me and my girl. It's something I'll never forget for sure," Kronwall said. "Got there just in time to be there and then just holding your son for the first time -- it's a pretty special feeling."?
Each on their own would have been an incredible story, had the Red Wings held on. Now, they're stories threatened to footnote status after Torey Krug, Milan Lucic and Iginla scored unanswered goals, tilting the game and now the series very much in Boston's favor.
Even with Detroit's lopsided start, the Bruins ended up controlling 55 percent of the even strength shot attempts by the time the game ended.
Now, they're up 3-1 in the first round for the second consecutive year, and the Red Wings don't even have the hope that Boston might take it for granted. Not after the Bruins nearly blew a similar lead last year to the Maple Leafs.
The notion of not repeating the near-disastrous opening round of 2013 was a topic of conversation with this game completed only minutes. They have no intentions of a repeat.
"We can talk about it all we want, but it's going to show in our play," Lucic said. "We've learned a lot of hard lessons in the past, like Toronto, and fortunately we were able to get out of that one and move on. Last year, we had Chicago down 2-1 and we probably didn't play our best Game 4 and lost that in overtime and weren't able to recover after that."
The lesson Lucic and the Bruins now know well?? "You don't want to do anything to give the other team life in a series," he said.