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Bruins defense, goalie Tuukka Rask holding Red Wings to historic lows on offense in playoffs

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) pats the head of goalie Tuukka Rask (40) of Finland after the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings, 3-0. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) pats the head of goalie Tuukka Rask (40) of Finland after the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings, 3-0. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock directs his team during the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock directs his team during the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Detroit, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Red Wings' Luke Glendening gets knocked into the glass during the first period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Boston Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Detroit Red Wings' Luke Glendening gets knocked into the glass during the first period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Boston Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor production offensively.

With just two goals through three games, Detroit is off to its worst three-game start in any playoff series since the 1945 Stanley Cup finals.

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, backchecking forwards and shot-blocking defensemen have had a lot to do with that.

The Bruins have turned defense into offense to win the last two games by a combined score of 7-1. The dominating performances have lifted the defending Eastern Conference champions to a 2-1 lead in the opening-round series.

Detroit has to win Game 4 at home Thursday night to avoid facing elimination when the series shifts to Boston for Game 5.