In the first game of their opining round series, the Boston Bruins were locked in a bare knuckle brawl with the Detroit Red Wings, one that ended with a win by Detroit. But Game 2 saw the Bruins come out strong in front of the home crowd as they bounced back from their Game 1 shutout loss by scoring four goals in a 4-1 win to even the series.
Boston’s scoring barrage was kicked off by Justin Florek and followed minutes later by Reilly Smith as the Bruins quickly made it a 2-0 game. From there, this second game couldn’t have been more different than the first as the Bruins added a Milan Lucic score in the second and Zdeno Chara got on the board int he third to help the Bruins to an offensively charged win.
For Detroit, they are heading back to Joe Louis Arena but they do so limping after Game 2. They were locked into a brutal battle Game 1 but were shells of themselves in Game 2 and that needs correcting. Detroit is a dark horse team to be special in the postseason, but Jimmy Howard’s first two games in net couldn’t be more polar opposite and he needs to get closer to his Game 1 shut out performance than his four goal performance on Sunday afternoon.
This series is far from over, but with things evened up again, Game 3 will likely be a tipping point one way or another and a game advantage is crucially important at this stage.