The Detroit Red Wings drop Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the Boston Bruins 3-0, dropping to 1-2 in the series.
The first period was probably the worst period that the Red Wings have played all season. Boston would get on the board first on a power play off a penalty to Joakim Andersson for too many men on the ice, even though he never touched the puck. Dougie Hamilton brought the puck into the Detroit zone with speed up the wing, and let a shot on Jimmy Howard that beat him cleanly on the short side, a shot that he most likely should have had, to make it 1-0 Boston at 9:00. They’d strike again in the latter half of the period, when Detroit basically shot themselves in the foot. On a terribly-timed 5-man line change, the Bruins carried the puck into the zone alone on Howard. He stopped the initial shot, but the late man, Jordan Caron, whistled the rebound over Howard for the 2-0 lead at 15:48. Shots through one period were an abysmal 11-4 in favor of Boston.
The Red Wings finally picked up their game slightly going into the second period, and managed to kill off a few crucial penalties, but didn’t muster any offense and went into the third still trailing 2-0. Try as they might, they would fail to get anything past Tuukka Rask, and would have the dagger goal happen in the closing moments of the period. With Howard on the bench, Detroit put on pressure with the 6-on-5, but would lose possession along the left wing to Patrice Bergeron. He simply flung the puck down the ice and into the empty Red Wing net for the final 3-0 score at 18:01. Final shot totals were 34-23 in favor of Boston.
They need to pick up their game, and quickly. Get back to playing the style that won them the 1-0 shutout in game one. Get behind the defense, make THEM chase, and don’t shoot yourselves in the foot on line changes and bad penalties. Game 4 will be Thursday night back at the Joe before heading out to Boston again. See you then, Nation.