"We work pretty hard most nights. Today we were rewarded. We had puck luck and got some energy and got going. I think that was the biggest thing," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
"We've played lots of good games this year; we haven't won lots of games. That's the fact, because we never score. The puck's been going in. I thought we built off what we've been building and it was a positive for the guys."
The six goals are the most the team has scored in a game this season.
"We really went after it tonight. It felt like we skated a lot, we played the kind of game we want to play. When we do that we're a really good team," said Gustavsson, who ran his season record to 6-0-1.
"I don't know if it was our team that was really good or Boston had an off night. If we play like this, we know we're going to win a lot of games. I feel like last few weeks we've been going in the right direction. Hopefully we have some more gears. I think we have, because we have a young group. Really good team effort."
"Everything we did tonight was just a disaster," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Abdelkader opened the scoring at 11:49 of the first period when he put in a loose puck from the bottom of the left circle off the rush, 11 seconds after Detroit killed off a high-sticking penalty to Franzen. It was Abdelkader's third goal of the season.
The Red Wings scored three goals in less than four minutes in the second period.
Tatar made it 2-0 at 6:05 of the second period. He scored on a wraparound after carrying the puck from just outside the Red Wings' blue line and falling down and getting back up -- while maintaining control of the puck -- in the right circle. It was Tatar's third goal.
Zetterberg made it 3-0 at 8:47 when he scored from the left circle for his 11th goal. Kronwall scored on the power play only 1:14 later.
"It was nice. Our second periods haven't been our best and tonight we found a way," Zetterberg said. "Specialty teams were good, our PK and we scored a goal on the power play."
This is the way Rask saw it: "In the second period we didn't create much and didn't give them much but they scored three goals."
Miller scored his second goal of the season at 8:38 of the third period and Nyquist got his third goal of the season with 2:53 remaining in the game.
Iginla spoiled Gustavsson shutout attempt with 2:25 left.
Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk missed his second game after being elbowed in the face by Ottawa D Jared Cowen on Saturday night. Datsyuk has also been ruled out of Friday's game at the New York Islanders. ... Boston D Dennis Seidenberg didn't play due to a lower-body injury. ... Red Wings RW Todd Bertuzzi missed his third game with an upper-body injury. ... Bruins D Torey Krug is from the Detroit suburb of Livonia and played at Michigan State. ... Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension. ... Gustavsson got his second successive start. ... Detroit D Brendan Smith went to the dressing room after falling into the boards shoulder-first early in the third period.