Luck seemed to want to stick around the TD Garden and help out the Boston Bruins Saturday night. They scored three goals in the second period that was good enough to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 giving them their second win at home.
A win for the Red Wings on the road is what the team needs to find some kind of stability after having on and off success on the ice. They took a 3-2 from the Sharks last night on the return of Pavel Datsyuk. Though he had no points in the game, his presence back at the Joe gave Red Wings fans a positive feeling.
With the rust falling off the Magic Man, he had a chance to make things happen against Detroit’s Original Six rival who are 5-5-0 yet scored first in 10 of 15 games. With this being their first game of a four game series against Detroit, they would hope to make good on the home advantage.
They owned the Red Wings for a majority of the first period taking shots on netminder Petr Mrazek. They played deep in their zone with ease showing that they had the strength while their opponents showed fatigue from the other night. By the time Detroit got their offense rolling, it was already late in the game as the clock showed five minutes left on the clock. Their five shots on Tuukka Rask didn’t show much power, as things would have to notch up to compete in the second.
The Bruins were the ones again coming out to play as they pressed into the Detroit end to record scoring chances against Mrazek. When they didn’t have control of the puck, Boston had tremendous coverage against them. They got back to work on a win off the faceoff in their zone with captain Zdeno Chara passing the puck to Matt Beleskey near the boards.
His pass to Patrice Bergeron had the veteran center moving well through the Detroit defense before taking a shot on Mrazek. The puck too a big bounce into the air, flipping behind the Red Wings goaltender before getting into the net for his sixth of the season. The increase of offense had them hungry to take things to another level. It came just four minutes later where David Krejci cut through the inside of the
Detroit end to send a wrister behind Mrazek notching his eighth.
The Red Wings were in real trouble as they found their efforts going unanswered. Adding insult to injury, they allowed a two-man play with Brad Marchand and Torey Krug in connection. Marchand waited for the right time to make the transition and made the timing work out as Krug took the snap shot that scored his first of the season.
Things looked glim as time fell off the clock faster than usual shooting eight shots against the Bruins with 1:38 left in the period. Niklas Kronwall and Jakub Kindl were the two contributing well with shots on net but they now found themselves down three goals. A lot of work would need to be done in the third period if the Red Wings wanted any chance of coming back.
Things went slowly for Detroit as they fought for time with the puck and making some good shots that could rattle Rask. A second opportunity arrived six minutes in as they went on their second power play. Kronwall got the play underway in the Detroit end before hooking the puck over to Mike Green. Green returned it back to Kronwall who saw Justin Abdelkader behind him giving the forward an open net to backhand one into the net for his fifth. It put an end to a Bruins shutout but they still led by a pair with time not on their side.
They spent a good amount of it in the Boston zone but the scoring chances were coming to them the way they wished. Detroit had less than four minutes on the clock as for the second night in a row; they found themselves in the same position. They went for the empty net with 2:12 left but their two shots on goal were stopped by Rask and the Bruins who went on to win.