Monday, October 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins couldn't find their own comeback magic.
After the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox produced thrilling comeback wins on Sunday, the Bruins fell short as the Detroit Red Wings posted a 3-2 win Monday afternoon at TD Garden. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings 4-1 on Oct. 5 at the Garden.
The Red Wings gained an early 1-0 lead at 11:33 of the first period. A defensive breakdown by the Bruins allowed Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg to finish off a backdoor goal. The Bruins responded a few minutes later when Loui Eriksson redirected Johnny Boychuk's shot from the half wall along the right boards as the puck slipped past Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to tie the game at 1-1 at 14:12 of the opening period.
The Red Wings scored a pair of goals in the second period for a 3-1 advantage. Detroit's Stephen Weiss netted his second goal of the season at 8:21, before teammate Dan Cleary notched his first of the season at 10:41.
Boston had a golden opportunity when it gained a two-man advantage for 1:54 at 4:56 of the third period. The Bruins failed to capitalize on the power play. Boston had another power play at 14:02, but could not create any sustained pressure.
With 1:20 remaining, Milan Lucic scored to cut the deficit to 3-2. Boston pulled goaltender Tuukka Rask with 1:10 remaining but the Bruins couldn't pull off the comeback.
LOST AND FOUND: Bruins coach Claude Julien hopes maybe a change of scenery helps forward Brad Marchand snap his slow start to the season. In the third period Saturday in Columbus, forward Reilly Smith replaced Marchand on the Bruins' second line, while he was inserted onto the third unit. Julien kept that lineup for Monday's game and Marchand played more of his style of game.
"Brad has to find his game first and foremost," Julien said prior to the game. "He's been a little bit all over the place at times and it's not the way Brad normally plays. For whatever reason he's trying to find his game."
Julien described it as a confidence issue for Marchand and the coach felt by taking some of the pressure off him that it would help. It seemed like it did against the Red Wings.
SCRATCHED: For the second consecutive game, Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch. Fellow blueliner Matt Bartkowski, who was healthy scratch for the first three games of the season, returned to the line Saturday in Columbus and remained partnered with Dennis Seidenberg today.
"Everybody's played well enough to be in our lineup," Julien said prior to the game. "Whoever doesn't play is certainly not indicative of their play, it's more about making sure that we're getting some bodies in and not letting them sit our too long."
It's obvious the Bartkowski is trying to take advantage of this opportunity and a few times it appeared he was trying to do too much.
MR. BRUIN: As part of Bruins' 90th season in organization, Bruins legend Milt Schmidt dropped the ceremonial puck prior to Monday's game. Schmidt, 95, was a player, coach and general manager of the Bruins. He received a standing ovation from the fans and both teams.
UP NEXT: The Bruins head south for a pair of games in the Sunshine State. Boston will face the Florida Panthers on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.