A fortunate deflection off a Hamilton point shot gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory Thursday night.
The Bruins came from being two goals down to tie the game and force overtime. Jarome Iginla was credited with the game winning goal, which gives the Bruins a 3-1 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings. The Boston Bruins now have the opportunity to close out the series on home ice on Saturday afternoon.
This is a critical loss for the Detroit Red Wings. Everything seemed to be going well. The fans were in great spirits as they witnessed the return of Captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Niklas Kronwall scored a powerplay goal to give the Wings the lead. Pavel Datsyuk followed up with a goal in the second period. But a careless penalty and some horrible defensive play allowed the Boston Bruins to fight their way back into this game.
Korey Krug and Milan Lucic both scored goals for the Bruins. Tukka Rask made 35 saves to help seal the victory for the Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson did his very best to keep the Wings in it stopping 37 shots. Gustavsson was forced to start the game due to Jimmy Howard being ill.
I knew the Boston Bruins would possibly launch a comeback in this game. After all, this is the team that won the President’s trophy this season. But I thought that since Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk were linking up so well that the Wings would win and tie the series.
I guess teams need more than two goals to beat the Bruins - and they are now in complete control of this series. If the Detroit Red Wings have any hope of staying alive, they need to stay out of the penalty box. More importantly, they need to start converting their powerplay opportunities. The Wings went 1-4 on the powerplay on Thursday.
That clearly isn’t good enough when going up against the Bruins. Some fans may say that the loss is due to Howard not being in net for Detroit. But I believe Gusstavsson is not to blame by any means. The Detroit Red Wings still have the ability and depth to launch a comeback of their own in this series. If Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall can continue scoring and Jimmy Howard has a strong game in goal, anything can happen. Gustov Nyquist really needs to have a big game for the Wings on Saturday as well.
The Boston Bruins need to just continue playing the way they have all year. Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara need to use their size and skill to create traffic in front of Howard. They have all the momentum and will look to feed off the home crowd and end the series quickly on Saturday.
I can’t wait to see if the Detroit Red Wings can stay alive and steal a win from the Bruins on the road.
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