Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had been remarkably consistent this season. Four games, four goals, one allowed in each.
That all ended Monday afternoon, as the Bruins goalie allowed three goals by the Red Wings on the way to a 3-2 loss.
Though the Bruins got plenty of time in front of Detroit’s No. 2 goaltender Jonas Gustavsson — matching the Red Wings shot for shot — they were pretty much stymied after a first-period tip-in by Loui Eriksson off a Johnny Boychuk shot from the point.
The teams went into the second period tied at 1-1, but Detroit scored in quick succession to build an insurmountable lead. Stephen Weiss notched a top-shelf goal at 8:21 of the second, followed by a Daniel Cleary shot past both Chara and Rask in net at 10:41.
It looked as if the Bruins might have a chance to match their Boston brethren in comeback chances when they had a five-on-three power play about five minutes into the third period, but the team failed to capitalize.
The goal by Eriksson marked the second consecutive game in which the import from Dallas scored. He started the season scoreless in the first three games. Both goals have come since coach Claude Julien moved Reilly Smith to the second line with Eriksson and Brad Marchand, with Smith getting the second assist on Eriksson’s goal.
With 1:20 left to go in the third period, Milan Lucic took a puck off a skate and backhanded it past Gustavsson, cutting the deficit to one with his 100th career NHL goal. The TD Garden exploded, Sunday’s games fresh in the minds of fans, but the Bruins failed to match the Patriots and Red Sox, and fell to the Red Wings.Amalie Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.