Krejci scores 2 in 4-goal 1st; Bruins beat Red Wings 6-1

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, right, tries unsuccessfully to knock the puck off the stick of Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand on a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored twice and Drew Stafford had his first with Boston during a four-goal first period that carried the Bruins to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Brad Marchand had his team-leading 31st and 32nd goals, and David Pastrnak added a score for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. Boston improved to 9-3 since interim coach Bruce Cassidy replaced fired coach Claude Julien on Feb. 7.

Niklas Kronwall had his first goal of the season for Detroit. The Red Wings finished a five-game trip 1-3-1.

Detroit starting goalie Jared Coreau was pulled after giving up three goals during a 2:25 span in what’s likely his last game with the team before he’s shipped back to the minors.