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|Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings|
The Detroit Red Wings drop the game in horrendous fashion to the Boston Bruins 4-1, and fall to 2-1 on the season now.
Unfortunately, this was just about as much of, if not more than, a lackluster performance by the Red Wings as much of last night was. They came out hard early, putting on the pressure in the defensive and neutral zones, but they couldn’t seem to gain clean entry into the Bruins’ zone. The first goal of the night was scored by Boston. On the power play, Torey Krug took a pass at the top of the slot and ripped a slapshot on net. Jimmy Howard was screened by Zdeno Chara, making it easy for the laser shot to find the back of the net at 9:11 to open the scoring. The Red Wings answered at 16:49, when Justin Abdelkader brought the puck into the zone and put a shot on Tuukka Rask that rebounded and found its way to Henrik Zetterberg, who buried the rebound shot for their 1st of the night. Pavel Datsyuk also picked up an assist. They managed to leave the period a tie game.
The second period wasn’t as much of a success. Just 36 seconds into the period, Brad Marchand brought the puck into the zone up the wing with speed and let loose a wrist shot to Howard’s stick-side, which rebounded off the inside of the post and into the net to take the lead once again. Their next goal was just plain ugly on the part of the Wings, who looked like they were just chasing their tails. Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey scrambled in front of Howard to find the puck as it pinballed back and forth between Boston players, but it ultimately found its way to Jordan Caron, who buried a quick wrister at 7:58 to raise their lead to 3-1. An unconverted Red Wings power play and more lackluster play ensured that they left the ice with the score the same way.
The third period was even worse than the previous two, if nothing else. The Red Wings looked tanked, tired, and just mentally drained. The Bruins all but sealed the deal at 12:17 on yet another power play. On a bad pass by the blue line, the puck was turned over to Krug, who passed it across the slot to the front of the net to a waiting Chara, who chipped it over Howard to make it 4-1 late in the period. That would remain as the final score.
Wash our hands of it, forget it, and move right on to the next game. Here’s to truly hoping that this next almost-week off for them will refuel the tanks. Next game is Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes.