The first period didn’t go Detroit’s way in any category. Boston’s first goal came on a bad break when Jimmy Howard played the puck. He’d send it away from the goal towards the boards, and it would ricochet off of Brendan Smith’s leg right to a Boston forechecker in Justin Florek, who simply wristed it into the open net for the 1-0 lead at 7:38. They’d strike again in the period, when Howard took a shot from the wing that he gathered, but it trickled underneath and behind him unknowingly. Reilly Smith would come up behind him through the crease and jam it into the net for the 2-0 lead at 10:35. Shots through the period were 18-10 in favor of Boston.
The second period was much of the same from the first for Detroit, though they would manage to get on the board. Darren Helm would throw a shot at goaltender Tuukka Rask from the wing, with Luke Glendening camped out in front. It would rebound off of Glendening’s hand and in behind Rask to make it a 2-1 Boston lead at 13:20. Boston wouldn’t go quietly, though, and struck again in the closing moments of the period. They would come in on Howard on an odd-man rush, and the puck would find its way to Milan Lucic at the side of Howard, and he tried to put it up on him. Howard got a piece of it, but it flipped over his arm and into the net for the 3-1 Boston lead leaving the second period. Shots were a much more respectable 24-23 for Boston after two periods.
Detroit battled hard in the third period to try and come back, but couldn’t burst through Boston’s holding them off. The Bruins would get another on the board early, on an early power play. Boston would win a faceoff in the Detroit zone, and get a shot off from the wing to Howard, which he stopped. Zdeno Chara, in his usual spot in front of the net, batted home the loose puck in front of Howard for the 4-1 lead at 2:27. Detroit fought the rest of the game, even pulling Howard with 3:00 left in the game for an extra attacker, and Boston having an empty net goal waved off due to offsides, but they couldn’t break through the Bruins’ defense and dropped Game 2 by a score of 4-1. Shots finished at 35-29 in favor of Detroit.
I, personally, am glad we at least split the weekend away from the Joe. Coming back home with the series tied 1-1 and now having home-ice advantage is more than most people thought they could accomplish. They need to come out strong out of the gate for Game 3 on Tuesday night and swing momentum back in their favor. See you then, Nation.