It’d be the final trip to “The Joe” in Bruins history, barring an incredibly unlikely playoff match up. The Bruins had one of their biggest let downs of the season in their 4-0 matinee loss against the Islanders. They had even admitted that they had underestimated their opponent.
Coach Julien gave the Bruins the day off to recover a bit and recharge their batteries, and the early results of the game mirrored that. The Bruins roared out to a 3-1 lead on a five-on-five goal only 0:41 into the 1st by Frank Vatrano, skating in Pastrnak’s spot on the top line. Bergeron and Marchand found Brandon Carlo for a one-timer shorthanded shortly after, and the Bruins were up 2-0 2:27 into the 1st. Fast forward roughly 5:00 later, Vatrano ripped a shot past Coreau to put the Bruins up 3-0. Message received – or so we thought.
The Red Wings yanked Coreau and put Mrazek in, an absolute stud and the tipping point to bringing the Wings back into the game. The Bruins got victimized in transition and Dylan Larkin struck at 15:32. The Red Wings felt that they had it going and a chance to draw even closer, but drew a penalty and Bergeron had a slick tip in front to put the B’s up 4-1 to end the 1st. It was the second powerplay goal for the Bruins. The powerplay continued to produce for Boston in the last few weeks. Everything looked good, or so it seemed.
THE RED WINGS WOULD OWN THE SECOND PERIOD
By the time three fourths of the 2nd period had passed, the Red Wings managed to tie it up 4-4. The Bruins played passively and the Spooner-Backes-Czarnik line were getting absolutely victimized. Oullet, Athanasiou and Tatar scored for the Red Wings. Noted Bruins sniper Adam McQuaid took the situation back into his own hands when he answered only 19 seconds after the fourth Red Wings goal.
The Bruins started the 3rd with the lead and looked strong. But Mrazek handled anything that the Black and Gold threw at him. It looked as if the Bruins would lock it down and bring the 2 points home. Unfortunately, the B’s got lost in coverage and Nyquist drew the Red Wings even with 3:04 remaining in regulation. The Joe was rocking – and the Wings had all the momentum.
Brad Marchand had a breakaway in OT where he took a hook or slash and deprived of a scoring chance, and the officials arms stayed down. They proceeded to assess Vatrano a penalty with 0:14 in OT to give the Red Wings one last chance to win it on a real hockey goal and not a fluke. But the Bruins were able to pin the puck to the boards and kill the remainder of the overtime period. The shootout isn’t the Bruins friend, and that pattern didn’t change last night. The two free agents signed by Detroit scored for them in the shootout – Vanek and Nielsen, and only Marchand was able to convert. The Red Wings pulled off the unlikely and ripped the 2 points right out of the Bruins’ hands.