Bruins Fall Short 3-2 to Detroit

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For the second time on the young season, the Bruins and Red Wings met again.  They squared off for an afternoon matinee on Columbus Day.  The B’s were coming off a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets and hoped their luck would continue against Detroit.

Backup goalie, Jonas Gustavsson was a last minute change for the Red Wings after Jimmy Howard suffered a hand injury during warm-ups.  It was the first start for Gustavsson on the year.  For Boston, Shawn Thornton was skating in his 500th career game.

During the opening half of the first period, the Black and Gold came out looking much more awake and alert than they did on Saturday versus the Jackets.  They were quicker to discover their game and gets shots off.  The Wings however had brought their game too after losing to the Bruins in the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

Detroit struck first at 11:33, as Datsyuk was able to sneak by Chara and flipped a backhanded pass to Zetterberg who sent the puck into the top of the net past Rask.  Boston was down, but it was too early to consider them out completely.

Fans knew better than to count the Spoked B out early on.  Boston sports fans had already witnessed two incredible come from behind wins for both the Patriots and the Red Sox yesterday and were hoping that the Bruins would continue the trend.  The fans in the Garden, sat tight as they were hopeful for the Bruins to quickly tie the game up and take control.  The Boston Bruins faithful hoped that they could experience some come from behind magic of their own.

And just like that, the Bruins did tie the game up at 14:12 in the first period.  Loui Eriksson netted his second goal in a Boston sweater, as he was able to deflect a Johnny Boychuk shot.  For the second time in two games, Eriksson had scored and this time he was able to do it in front of the home crowd.

The Bruins skated into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie with the Red Wings.  Halfway through the second period, the Wings took the lead again and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game.

At 8:21, Weiss scored for Detroit on a pass assisted by Johan Franzen.  2:20 later, the Red Wings scored again as they added another goal to pad their lead.  Cleary picked up his first goal on the season, assisted by Daniel Alfredsson.  It was the first time on the season in which Tuukka Rask had allowed more than one goal during a game.

In the second period, Boston was unable to cut into Detroit’s two goal lead.  They had their chances however, but simply struggled to score.  Torey Krug had a few impressive opportunities, but none of his shots connected with the back of the net.

The Bruins went up on the power play with 8:30 left in the second period.  Krug drew a penalty on Brian Lashoff.  Lashoff was sent off for cross checking.  The Red Wings blocked off all the shots that the Bruins desperately tried to get at the net and the B’s only got away with a single shot on goal during the power play.

As the horn sounded to end the second, Boston was down by two goals heading into the locker room.  There was still 20 minutes of hockey remaining in the game, and that was plenty of time for the Bruins to hopefully muster up a dramatic comeback.

In the third, the chances for the Bruins came.  The goals were a different story.  The Spoked B has been struggling recently to be able to finish off an opportunity by finding the back of the net.  When they need to get goals, the opportunities seem to present themselves but they continue to fall short of scoring.

The B’s were rewarded a power play early in the third period.  Kronwall was dealt a call for holding.  A few seconds later, Cleary, one of the Detroit goal scorers, was sent off for tripping.  The Bruins would have the next 1:54 to have a 5-3-man advantage.  Julien called a timeout with 15:04 left to talk about approaches that they could take.

The Big Bad Bruins had several chances during the power play.  They were fighting as they attempted shot after shot.  Gustavsson turned away everything.  Detroit players managed to block a multitude of the shots on the power play.  Iginla had chances as he wound up on a few one-timers, but they to were sent wide.

Boston was 0-5 on the power play today.  The B’s continued to fight however.  They searched to get everything they could at the net, peppering shots, but luck was not on their side.  The B’s grinded out several chances, but in the end those chances were sent to waste.

With a 1:20 left in the game, Milan Lucic was able to finally find the back of the net.  For Milan, it was the hundredth goal of his career and a chance to bring his team back into the game.  The Bruins were now only down by one and there was still plenty of time to try for another goal.  Rask was pulled within the final minute of the game, but the Bruins fell short.

The Bruins lost to the Red Wings 3-2 and were unable to produce a comeback despite all their opportunities.  In the final minute of play, they had perhaps their best chances of the game but nothing went in.

After the game, Claude Julien spoke about the Bruins’ recent scoring problems.  “We’re really struggling with our finish right now… chances are coming but goals not easy,” he said in his post game interviews.

The loss didn’t come due to lack of effort.  The Bruins were pushed hard by the Red Wings and were able to skate with them.  They tried to create chances but simply fell short of being able to score.  The Bruins are not a group of guys with the tendency to give up when the going gets rough.  They will continue to keep working at getting goals when they need them until they are able to succeed.

Rask made 24 saves of the 27 shots that he faced today.  Iginla led the team with 5 shots on goal and Marchand had 4.  It was a much better game for the forward who had been pushed to the third line for the second game in a row.  The Bruins will next be back in action on Thursday night as they travel to play the Florida Panthers.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

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