Boston 3, Detroit 2 (OT)

The Boston Bruins came to Detroit with a 14-9-4 record, good enough for 3rd place in the weaker Atlantic division with 32 points. With 28 points, sitting with a 11-13-6 record, the Red Wings looked to take 2 points in a critical inner division battle.

Tukka Rask in goal for Boston holding a 7-8-2 record with a 2.43 GAA and .912 SV% to follow. Howard on the other end puts up a 9-9-5 record with a 2.90 GAA and .906 SV% for the season.

Not an ideal start, Detroit was penalized at 1:39 in the game for an easy call of too many men. After killing it off, only allowing a single shot, zone time was generated. Through the first 10 minutes they had control of the puck and good attacking by driving through the middle.

Not letting Boston set up, Detroit took the edge in scoring chances and kept things simple. Doing a good job by funneling to the high slots and putting pucks to the net was present. With nearly 2 minutes reaming, Detroit’s first power play went to work but only put up 2 shots with no goal to show.

After the first 20 minutes, Detroit took the lead in shots 9-2 and had 17 chances. Not letting Boston record a shot in the last 18 minutes of the first period, Detroit earned a new season best for shots against.

Into the second period, Boston came out buzzing and re-energized. A hooking call on Helm at 4:04 gave Boston another man advantage, letting them generate zone time and keeping the puck in for nearly the full 2 minutes until thankfully killed off.

Midway through the second, Bergeron went off for tripping. The first goal of the game came at 9:15 by a wrist shot from Tomas Tatar, his 9th of the year and 5th on the power play. Assisted by Kronwall and Zetterberg, Detroit snapped a 0-for-12 power play drought.

Howard continues to be sharp, stopping Pastrnak on a breakaway and calming the storm when Boston’s chances continued to climb. The Red Wings had another power play chance at 12:58 but failed to set up in timely manners and had it killed off. 40 minutes gone, Detroit led 1-0 and still had the edge in shots 23-15.

Final period of regulation and both teams exchanging chances until Boston strikes. Noel Acali nets his second of the year at 3:02 to tie the game at 1. He used his stick to chip in the puck in as Howard was screened by his own defenseman.

The game continued at a back and forth pace, both teams careful not to give up the next goal as it likely would have been the game winner. Howard and Rask both holding their own ground. With just under 10 minutes left, Green went off for holding giving the Bruins a huge opportunity to take charge of the game.

Dylan Larkin, however, had other plans. His 5th of the season (assists to Helm and Daley) coming at 11:34 gave the Wings a huge 2-1 lead and another shorthanded goal, killing off Boston’s man advantage. That was his second shorthanded of the goal, giving Detroit a total of 5.

However, David Pastrnak tied the game back up at 2 at 18:34 with the extra skater on, sending the game into overtime. His point streak continues to 9 games.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Wings would blow their lead to lose in overtime. A now 0-6 record in the 3-on-3 overtime thanks to Brad Marchand’s backhand goal just 35 seconds in. Boston goes on to win 3-2 and leaves Detroit to gather just the single pity point and a single win in 11 games.
 
 
Final stats:

Shots: 33-32 DET

Faceoff %: 52%-49% DET

Powerplay: 0/3 BOS, 1/3 DET

Blocks: 20-8 DET

Hits: 25-25

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