Bruins Take Series Lead at Joe Louis Arena


Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) celebrates with teammates after game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins Snag Game 3 Win

It appears Game 1 never happened.

That’s obviously the mantra for the Boston Bruins moving forward, as they shutout the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, in Game 2 for their second-straight win.

Three minutes into the first period, the first scoring chance of the night arrived. Dougie Hamilton clanged a shot off of the post from the right side. Pavel Datsyuk surprisingly let up the turnover that yielded this opportunity.

The Bruins went on the power play roughly midway through the period, and they would net their first goal. Hamilton was the man, zipping a wonderful wrist shot past Jimmy Howard after bringing the puck up ice by himself.

As the opening 20 minutes winded down, untimely line changes made the Red Wings pay, as Shawn Thornton ripped an open shot on net that rebounded for a speeding Jordan Caron to bury.

The Bruins held a shots on goal advantage in the first period, 11-4. Up to this point in the game, the B’s looked like quite the opposite of an uncertain, timid away team. This was obviously a great sight for Boston fans.

The ‘Wings began to even the tables out in the second period, holding the puck in their own end more often and actually getting shots on frame. Their best attempt came from Darren Helm on the Bruins’ PP. He snatched the puck around the blue line and sped down the ice, whipping a try that ricocheted off the iron.

Overall, the second period was uneventful, and the third period brought forth more action.

Just a couple minutes passed before Brad Marchand found himself on the doorstep with a open twine. Carl Soderberg slotted a precise pass to Marchand on the odd-man rush, but the Canadian forward couldn’t finish, nailing the post.

A few mintes later, Tuukka Rask made a stretched glove save on Justin Abdelkader when he tried to fool Rask with a backhand.

The Red Wings began to enter desperation mode and garner more chances on Rask, but the Finnish goaltender was magnificent for the Bruins, totaling several meaningful saves out of his 23 stops. He was the 1st star of the game.

Patrice Bergeron slid home the empty-netter to ice the match, 3-0.

The Bruins and Red Wings will play Thursday, 8:00 p.m., to wrap up a quick stint at Joe Louis Arena.