Bruins chase Howard, outplay Red Wings en route to 5-2 Detroit loss

15 SOG 34
0/4 POWER PLAY 1/4
21 HITS 20

1st Period

Not even two minutes into the game, the Bruins sent a stretch pass down ice and David Pastrnak got behind Mike Green and put the puck through Jimmy Howard‘s five hole. Detroit challenged the goal for a potential offside by Boston, but the call stood and it was a good goal. The first goal really seemed to fuel Boston as Brad Marchand put the Bruins up quickly by two goals shortly after the first goal on a great pass from the former Michigan State Spartan, Torey Krug. The first infraction of the game was committed by Adam McQuaid as he headed to the box for interference. The Red Wings couldn’t seem to get anything going on the man advantage. Danny DeKeyser committed the first penalty on the Wings’ end and headed to the box for holding. Early on in the Bruins’ man advantage, Justin Abdelkader forced a turnover and gave the Wings a grade-A scoring chance, but Jonathan Ericsson couldn’t get the puck past Tuukka Rask. Detroit killed off the Bruins’ power play. McQuaid headed to the box for the second time, this time for delay of game. Detroit couldn’t manage to get anything going yet again on the man advantage. Not long after, Riley Sheahan visited the sin bin for hooking. The Wings killed off Boston’s second power play of the first period.

2nd Period

The good guys headed to the power play not even two minutes into the second period due to a Bruins cross-checking penalty. Not much going on for Detroit on the power play. Boston got a chance on the power play shortly after they got out of the box as Ericsson went to the box for holding. The Bruins finally capitalized on their opportunity as Krug put Boston up by three goals. Detroit got on the board when Alexey Marchenko put a puck on net and the puck went off McQuaid’s skate and get past Rask. The rest of period from there on out consisted of equal play from both teams with both getting some opportunities to light the lamp, but the score remained 3-1 at the end of two at the TD Garden.

3rd Period

Twenty seconds into the third, Krug put a puck on net and after Howard gave up a rebound, Lee Stempniak put the Bruins up by three goals. Twenty five seconds later, David Krejci misdirected a shot that found its way past Howard. Jeff Blashill then pointed to Petr Mrazek and he entered the game for Howard. Krug headed to the box for holding. Detroit couldn’t get anything going yet again on the man advantage. Henrik Zetterberg went to the box for slashing. Mrazek made a good pad save on the Boston’s power play. Andreas Athanasiou scored late in the third, a little too late for the offense, but still good to see him get another one.

What’s next?

Detroit will square off against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the final game of the regular season for the Red Wings and at the conclusion of that contest, the Wings will know their playoff fate.

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