The Bruins went into Detroit 8-1-1 in their last 10 games despite not playing their best hockey. The Red Wings posted paltry numbers in their last 10, only managing a 2-3-5 record.
For the Red Wings, Backup Goalie Jonas Gustavsson would get the nod. As expected, Tuukka Rask started, his 21st of the season.
The Bruins got off to another rough start where they couldn’t connect on passes and were stuck in their own end.
The first Power Play of the game went to Boston but you wouldn’t know it as they didn’t even manage a shot. To add insult to injury, the Red Wings actually had the greatest chance to score when they had a Short-handed breakaway. On the second Bruins Power Play it was a completely different story. Not only did the B’s get 3 shots on net but they kept the puck in the Offensive zone for almost the entire penalty.
The first goal of the game went to Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader shortly after killing the Bruins Power Play. Dougie Hamilton played the puck, instead of his man, allowing two Red Wings to skate in on Rask. Detroit 1-0 after one period. Shots on Goal: 11-7 Detroit.
The 2nd period was more of the same for the Bruins, not skating at times, not connecting on passes…The Red Wings on the other hand took advantage of their opportunities, none better than Tomas Tatar’s goal. He skated past Kelly in the neutral zone, skated into the zone unmolested, sailed right past Bartkowski, wheeled around the net and fired home a back-hander that beat the beleaguered Rask. The next Detroit goal was another “playing the puck, instead of the man” situation when Iginla whiffed, allowing Henrik Zetterberg to score.
As if being down 3-0 wasn’t bad enough, Bruins McQuaid went off for Elbowing and the Red Wings scored again, this time it was Niklas Kronwall who snuck in from the point for a Power Play goal.
After two periods, Detroit 4, Bruins Nothing! Shots: 8-3 Detroit.
In the 3rd period Coach Julien shook the lines up but the end result was still the same with Detroit taking advantage of any opportunities, the B’s not. Detroit got their 5th goal of the game when Drew Miller was left all alone in the crease. The last Wings goal was scored by Gustav Nyquist on a ricochet. The Bruins did manage to get on the score board when Jarome Iginla trickled one in past Jonas Gustavsson, who could have taken a nap for 90% of the game.
Red Wings 6-1, winners. 3rd period Shots: 9-7 Detroit.
Next up for the Bruins, a Friday matinee against the N.Y. Rangers at Home.
Happy Thanksgiving. Go B’s!