Boston picked up a huge boost of momentum at a time they are injury ridden. The Bruins somehow got the best of the Detroit Red Wings where they made a mess of their own game to hand Boston a 5-2 win at TD Garden Monday night. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his 15th win this season
The Red Wings are starting to get their game back to normal as the team has been doing everything possible to win. Gustav Nyquist proved that point strongly as he held onto the puck for nearly half a minute before scoring the game winner against Ottawa on Saturday night. With their outlook of the next couple weeks on the road a win against their Northeast Division rivals could help boost the morale as they improve their record in regulation as well as in overtime.
The Bruins were all over the Detroit net early in the first where they broke through on a drive from the blue line by Reilly Smith scoring it over Jimmy Howard at 2:44. The Red Wings tied the game as Pavel Datsyuk made a patient moment to sent the puck to Justin Abdelkader near the crease where the forward backhanded the puck across the line to even it up 1-1 for his ninth of the season. The Bruins worked to get the lead back and did so successfully overpowering Detroit.
On a delayed penalty, Boston’s Gregory Campbell drove the puck into traffic where the Red Wings became disorganized that led to him coming up closer for a second shot that didn’t miss the mark to give him four goals on the year. The Red Wings still couldn’t get things together where the Bruins took hold of the puck off the faceoff in the Detroit zone where Loui Eriksson got into a battle behind the net to find Carl Soderberg open on the stick of Howard to put it behind him. Detroit was lucky to get out of the period with a two goal margin instead of a larger score. They were outshot 19-12 while Howard took the brunt of Boston’s offense through 20 minutes.
Detroit spent the duration of the second period getting themselves back together after nearly falling apart in the first period. It took some time as the Bruins were relentless at increasing their lead in the game. Though Boston was outshooting the Red Wings midway into the period, getting a goal past Howard was no longer allowed as he stopped them giving his team the opportunity to block shots and gain the puck on turnovers.
Tomas Tatar redeemed himself for his hi stick mistake on a possible first period goal where he rifled a shot hard past teammate Riley Sheahan while on the power play to get his 15th and make it a one goal game. It was fair to assume that the Red Wings were beginning to settle down in order to make a showing in the third period to come back and even it up.
Before they could make it happen, the Bruins had other plans to keep the game from Detroit. On the power play, Seth Griffith took a huge shot from the faceoff circle next to Howard putting it through traffic notching his sixth. Time was showing its ugly face against the Red Wings who were not in a big hole with not much time to work with. On a power play situation, the Bruins were just too tough to put a great play together. Boston killed off a 6 on 4 situation where Howard left the net. It only left the inevitable to occur as the Bruins scored on the open net giving Chris Kelly credit on the goal.
The Red Wings left the ice thinking about their failed chances and how they can make it work out against New Jersey on Wednesday.