The Bruins put the Red Wings in a sour mood right before the holiday weekend. For Boston it was rookie Frank Vatrano who scored the overtime game winner beating Detroit 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night. The 21 year old contributed two goals on the night to give his team an edge heading into a day off.
The Red Wings tried to make things positive before the Thanksgiving holiday and win one at home against the Bruins. They took a 3-1 beating Nov. 14 as Boston scored three straight in the second period holding Detroit back. With just a point separating the two teams, a win would help out either team as they both sit close to the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
This was the first of six games that Detroit would host at home and would do it without Landon Ferraro. The son of Ray Ferraro started his career with Detroit before going on waivers that landed him with Boston. He would try to make something against his former team to pull off a second upset.
He earned an assist seven minutes into the first period on a Boston play that ended with Vatrano driving the puck from the far end that got just under the glove of Detroit’s Petr Mrazek to notch his second of the season to take the lead. Despite the good things occurring on the Red Wings offense, they handed the Bruins a power play. Fortunately they were able to withstand the league’s best power play unit killing off the hooking minor.
Both teams took a total of 10 shots indicating that things were well on shooting the puck. Detroit started the pick up the pace and get into full gear against Boston’s big lines that had plenty of physical strength. They were given a power play in the final three minutes scaring Boston and former teammate Jonas Gustavsson who was in net for the Bruins.
He was able to stop a barrage of shots while his team got the puck moving back their way in the final minute. Detroit outshot Boston 13-9 but the damage had already been done meaning Detroit would have to match their Original Six rivals.
The Detroit veterans got the job done 2:26 into the second period with Pavel Datsyuk teaming up with Teemu Pulkkinen and Alexey Marchenko who earned his first assist of the season. The Magic Man took a snap shot at center hitting the back of the net for his 300th career goal tying him with captain Henrik Zetterberg for eighth on the all-time list.
It became a huge boost for the Red Wings lines as they were all producing shots to the net, which in turn grew the scoring chances against Gustavsson. The second of Detroit’s goal was scored by Tomas Tatar who had just come off the bench. He skated into position to get the puck and snap it behind the Boston netminder for his seventh of the season.
Detroit’s two unanswered in the period had them looking in full control of the remainder of the second as they had everyone working well through 40 minutes of play. They thrashed the Bruins shooting 11 on net while their opponents managed to put four on Mrazek. Boston would begin the third period with a partial power play hoping that their success a quarter way through the season would come together.
They earned another chance seven minutes in, but the Red Wings were playing on a whole different level of hockey. Detroit was playing their best game of hockey to date, as their numbers were higher than ever against one of their strongest competitors. They took seven shots midway through the third totaling to 31 overall while still controlling the score and possession.
While the game wasn’t yet secure, it was the Bruins who were fighting against both time and Detroit to tie the game in order to survive. With just six minutes left, Boston managed to record a shot for the first time in four minutes indicating a high need for pressure in the Red Wings zone. After killing off another Detroit power play, the Bruins got their act together and did it with three men running. Colin Miller tied the game up with 1:44 left with a drive low scoring his second of the season.
It was enough to hang on and give them a point while the Red Wings faced a second consecutive overtime. Though they won against the Blues a few days ago, playing the Bruins would be a new deal to see if they would be able to withstand playing 3 on 3 against their division foe.
It was an exciting three and a half minutes of play as Detroit nearly got it in at the hands of Tomas Tatar who has been put in the position before. Unfortunately neither he nor his team would be the winners of the game. It was Vartano who got his second on the night with a tip in on Miller’s drive from the slot that ultimately left Detroit fans stunned.
Despite the loss of the second point, they did improve well on shots to the net recording a total of 34. Mrazek did his best allowing 19 of 22 for a .864 save percentage. He and Detroit will brush off the disappointment and enjoy the holiday before they get back to work Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.