This afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings flew into the TD Garden in Boston to face off with the Boston Bruins. Ultimately, it would be the Red Wings who came out on top, defeating the Bruins 3-2.
To say that one team “outplayed” the other is a bit of an overstatement. The two sides remained pretty even on a lot of the key areas like Shots on Goal, Hits, and Faceoffs Won.
The Shots on Goal favored the Bruins 30-27, whereas the Faceoffs Won favored the Red Wings 24-22. Boston led 25-19 in Hits.
The second period was all about the Red Wings.
The Red Wings were able to score 2 goals during the second period. The first of which was from center Stephen Weiss with assists from right wing Johan Franzen and defenseman Brian Lashoff. The second goal came at the hands of right wing Daniel Cleary. The assists on this goal went to right wing Daniel Alfredsson and center Joakim Andersson.
This would give the Red Wings a 3-1 advantage going into the third period.
The Bruins found themselves unable to capitalize in the third period, even when presented with a 5 on 3 situation while Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall sat the box for 2 minutes for Hooking Bruins center David Krejci and Cleary sat for 2 minutes for Tripping Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski.
Late in the third period, the Bruins would attempt to battle back with a goal from left wing Milan Lucic at 18:40. Unfortunately for the Bruins, it was too little too late.
When the final buzzer sounded, Red Wings would get the two points for this encounter.
Next up for the Bruins, they will travel to BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida to go head-to-head with the Florida Panthers. The Red Wings will head home to the Joe Louis Arena to host the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Three Stars of the Game: