The Boston Bruins‘ great start to 2022 kept on rolling on Sunday, as the Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Sunday in Detroit.
Boston had five different goal scorers and Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves as the Bruins swept the weekend and moved to 16-10-2. They also pass Detroit in the standings for fourth place in the Atlantic.
Some early puck luck for the Red Wings. The shot from the point by Moritz Seider deflected off a Bruins and went to Tyler Bertuzzi, who had an empty-net for the easy score.
However, the Bruins answered just three minutes later. After some good work down low from Craig Smith and Brad Marchand, Smith hit Patrice Bergeron in front for the one-timer goal.
There’s a lot to like about the new top line. Smith’s speed and commitment to the forecheck pairs well with the skill of his linemates.
Despite the Bruins dominating the period, they found themselves in a 1-1 tie after 1.
Detroit came out with a much better start to the second than what they had in the first. But it was the Bruins that were the lone goal scorers in the middle frame.
Erik Haula came streaking down and fired a snipe past Alex Nedeljkovic to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead.
It’s only Haula’s second goal of the season and his first goal in 15 games, but it was a beauty. Have to think with him playing with Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak is going to create even more goal opportunities for the Finnish forward.
After two, Bruins held on to a 2-1 lead.
Holding into the one-goal lead, the Bruins then extended it early in the third to two with Hall finding a cutting Charlie McAvoy for the backdoor goal.
Great vision from Hall to hit McAvoy with the pass and the young defenseman made no mistake of it.
Less than two minutes later, Trent Frederic picked up his first goal of the season with a rebound goal.
Some pretty poor defensive coverage by the Red Wings and not the best rebound from Nedeljkovic. Frederic has struggled to find his game this season and maybe this goal with help his confidence.
Tomas Nosek added another goal later in the frame to give the Bruins the 5-1 lead.
Third assist of the season from Oskar Steen and he’s played in four games.
And that wraps it up! Bruins come out on top with a sounding 5-1 victory over the Red Wings on the road.
- Yeah, these lines work. It’s that simple. The change needed to happen and let’s hope it keeps rolling
- 14 different Bruins recorded a point this weekend. Talk about spreading the wealth and it is much needed for this group to succeed consistently
- The reason for the stat above is secondary scoring. It’s been up and down the lineup. All four lines contributing on the board. That’s a winning formula
- Oskar Steen needs to be apart of this lineup more. He deserves it more than Frederic, Curtis Lazar or Karson Kuhlman. The problem is he’s waivers-exempt so it’s easy that he’s always the odd man out, which is a shame, but he needs more games
- One of those players that was not part of the14 mentioned above is David Pastrnak. He seems lost out there at times and hasn’t been as involved offensively as Boston would like
A great effort on the backend of a back-to-back, in their second straight matinee no less.
Next up is a date with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. It’s another very winnable game for Boston and easily can make it three in a row.