Well the win streak is over at six games, and against the worst team in the league for good measure. On a positive note the Bruins came out and were ready for this game. The B’s controlled the pace most of the game, and the final shot totals of 40-20 in favor of the Bruins shows that. A big reason for the loss was the power play going 0-4 and failing to convert on a 5 on 3. The Bruins also had a goal taken away because of an offsides call when Bergeron was exiting the ice. The puck had come out of the zone, and as Bergeron was going to the bench the puck was shot back into the zone resulting in the play being offsides. The game wasn’t lost on this play, but it took a toll on the mental attitude of the team for sure. Now let’s get to the breakdown.
The game got off to a bit of a sloppy start, with both teams unable to really gain any traction resulting in a lot of up and down action. The Bruins were able to kill off two early penalties, and soon after were on a power play themselves. Kuraly was exiting the box and took a clearing pass into the offensive zone drawing a penalty to put the Bruins on their first power play. The Bruins went to work, and just under a minute into the power play they were able to draw yet another penalty giving them a 5 on 3. Marchand had three quality scoring chances from just to the right of the net, but Jonathan Bernier was up to the challenge stoping every shot. The Bruins would have another chance on the power play, with the best shot coming from Bjork, but again Bernier would not allow the Bruins to score. The first period came to a close with the score tied at zero, and the Bruins holding a 12-6 shots advantage.
Just over two minutes into the second period the Bruins turned the puck over trying to exit their zone and the Red Wings capitalized. Brandon Perlini took a pass into the offensive zone going wide left to take advantage of Carlo being slightly out of position. The with the extra space Perlini fired a shot back across the net glove side just out of the reach of Rask. The Bruins would answer back with a goal of their own, or so we all thought, until it was challenged by the Red Wings for the play being offsides. Upon further review Bergeron was still exciting the ice on a line change when the puck reentered the offensive zone resulting in no goal. This ruling clearly frustrated the Bruins, and it was evident as they would continue to generate scoring chances but just couldn’t finish. The Bruins again controlled most of the period until about the final three minutes when the Wings tested Rask with several good shots which he turned away. Once the Bruins got possession of the puck yet another penalty was called against the Red wings. Detroit was once again able to kill of the penalty, mostly thanks to some more great play from Bernier. The Wings took the momentum once again and turned it into their best offensive push, hemming the Bruins in their own zone for the last minute of the period. Rask was once again up to the task and turned away a handful of shots before the period came to a close with the score still 1-0 Wings.
The Bruins came out refocused in the third period and tied the game just 30 seconds in on a goal from Torey Krug, his 8th of the season. The goal was made possible after Pastrnak faked a shot in the slot, forcing Bernier to commit, and after getting him on the ice Pasta hit Krug with a pass giving him a wide open net. The Bruins looked like things were turning around but they were unable to score that next goal. The Wings, however, were able to draw another penalty on the Bruins and their power play went to work. The Red Wings took the lead back on a goal from Andreas Athanasiou, his first in 20 games and sixth on the year. The Wings had possession of the puck below the goal line and fed a pass to Bertuzzi on the left side of Rask, and instead of shooting Bertuzzi slid a pass across the slot to Athanasiou, who was able to pick the top right corner over the shoulder of Rask. The Bruins responded by creating a number of good scoring chances, but nothing could get behind Bernier. The Bruins best chance came on a two on one about ten feet from the Red Wings net. McAvoy was able to get Bernier out of position and fed a pass from left to right for Wagner, who had an open net but heeled his shot sending it wide. Rask was pulled in the final minute and a half but a turn over led to an empty net goal for Athanasiou, his second of the game and that was that.
Final Thoughts/Three Stars
Despite out shooting the Red Wings 40-20 the final score was Boston 1 Detroit 3. Because of this the first star is clearly Jonathan Bernier. The Red Wings goalie was on another level today, stopping numerous great chances and allowing his team to find its offense just enough to escape with a win. The second star of the game goes to the generator of that Red Wings offense Andreas Athanasiou, who scored the second and third goals for Detroit, his first in 20 games. Finally the third star goes to Rask, who was not expected to start, but with Halak under the weather Rask did his best to fill in only allowing two goals. This was just one of those games in the NHL where a hot goalie can make all the difference. Yes the Bruins missed some opportunities, but when you have twice as many shots as the other team it’s hard to say we weren’t the better team. The Bruins will be back in action against Montreal on Wednesday, looking to get back to their winning ways. Then on Saturday the Wings will be coming into Boston in what looks like a great opportunity to get some revenge for today’s game. Don’t forget to check out all of our team pages for the latest news on all your Boston teams.
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