It’s a final here, a 6-1 victory for the Red Wings. After a monster 8-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, the Bruins come out with a monstrous stinker against Detroit, a team they will play again Sunday afternoon in Detroit.
Tuuka Rask allowed two goals on the first two Detroit shots of the game and it all went rapidly downhill. Todd Bertuzzi led the Wings with a pair of goals. Bruins center David Krejci got his first goal after a 20-game scoreless stretch.
13:51; Red Wings, 6-1. Great movement on the Detroit power play. The Wings score at 14:51, Tomas Holmstrom popping in a shot from in front on a pass from Hudler.
13:09 – Zetterberg breaks in alone on Thomas – who makes the save – but Zdeno Chara gets tagged for hooking as he chases Zetterberg and it’s 1:09 of 5 on 3 for Detroit.
12:18 – Brad Marchand gets 2 minutes for roughing after trying, and failing, to engage Patrick Eaves in the left corner of the Bruins’ zone. Wings’ power play is 1 for 4 tonight.
In six minutes, Thomas has made several difficult saves, including one on Zetterberg jab at a rebound off the left post. Bruins are still losing by four goals.
Blake Wheeler and Zach Hamill slam into each other in the middle of the Bruins zone like a pair of trucks hitting head-on. That kind of game.
Tim Thomas starts the third period in the Boston net.
After two periods, Bruins have taken 18 shots and scored once; and they have allowed 18 shots and been scored on five times.
18:23: Nathan Horton draws a penalty for slashing Ericsson deep in the Wings’ zone, behind the play.
Red Wings, 5-1 –Disaster. Wings score two more in 24 seconds. First, Henrik Zetterberg gets a power play goal at 16:14 (with Mark Recchi in the box), sliding in a wraparound goal with a backhander. At 16:38, Todd Bertuzzi gets his second goal of the game from behind the goal line, knocking a puck that hits Rask’s pad and his mask on its way to the back of the net.
Bruins power play gets a few good chances, particluarly Milan Lucic, but he’s rejected by defender Jonathan Ericsson, as well as Howard.
13:55: Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl gets a penalty for holding after Michael Ryder and Zach Hamill crash the net for a scoring oportunity, get tangled up with Kindl, and he hauls down Hamill.
Bruins’ penalty kill, which began the game ranked 9th in the NHL at 83.6 percent, kills off Bergeron’s penalty, with Blake Wheeler trying to get something going on a breakout with David Krejci as the penalty expired, but losing the puck in the middle of the Wings’ zone.
8:02: Patrice Bergeron draws a high-sticking penalty on Pavel Datsyuk. Wings on the power play… after a pause in the action while Garden workers replace a cracked panel of glass in the left corner of the Bruins’ zone.
1:09, Red Wings, 3-1: Wings showing off slick offensive skills. Henrik Zetterberg feeds a backhand pass down the middle of the Bruins zone to Jiri Hudler, who gets all of his one-timer, dropping to his knee to sweep in his sixth goal of the season from just outside the right post.
Disastrous start to the game for the Bruins, as Red Wings knock in two goals in the first 3:10. B’s playing quietly. Good news at the end of the period, however, as the Boston power play (ranked 22d in the NHL at 16.8 percent) makes a nice connection, Lucic to Krejci, to cut the deficit to one. It’s just the second power-play goal for Boston in the last seven games, and the second in the last 16 chances.
17:53 – Red Wings, 2-1: Bruins quick to strike when they get their chance on the power play, Milan Lucic feeding the puck from behind the net to David Krejci in the slot. Krejci’s snaps off a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season, ending his 20-game goal-less stretch.
15:29 – Wings get first power play opportunity of the game when Adam McQuad is called for hooking. Detroit is 6th on the power play (20.6 percent)….. but the advantage disappears at 16:24 when Wings’ Brian Rafalski is called for hooking, too. 4 on 4.
13:31 – Rask stops Cleary on a clear breakaway and still, TD Garden is very, very quiet.
Technical glitch, sorry for the delay.
3:10, Red Wings 2-0: Two shots for the Wings, two goals. This one scored by Daniel Cleary as he crashes the net, on a pass from behind the net by Jiri Hudler. Bruins D-man Adam McQuaid chasing Hudler, and Dennis Seidenberg chasing Cleary.
1:10, Red Wings, 1-0: Not an auspicious start for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rusk. On a rush up the right wing, Todd Bertuzzi scores his ninth goal of the season with a slapper from the top of the right circle that slips inside the near post.
Ceremonial puck drop by Lowell boxer Mickey Ward, inspiration for Mark Wahlberg’s movie The Fighter.