The Boston Bruins got their 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs campaign off to a rough start when they lost on their home ice in Game 1 to the Detroit Red Wings, but they were able to bounce back with a commanding win in Game 2 to even the series.
The Bruins were able to continue riding their momentum and went on to earn a dominating 3-0 win. It was the Bruins first win at Joe Louis Arena in seven years.
On Tuesday night, the Bruins were looking to recapture home ice advantage when the action shifted back to Detroit, and they got off to a hot start early.
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton put a shot on net right before he was about to get hit in the first few minutes of the game, and the puck went sailing past Red Wings netminder Timmy Howard right through the five hole.
Bruins left winger Jordan Caron kept the team’s momentum going just a few minutes later by crashing the net and deflecting the puck into the back of the net. Shawn Thornton and Kevan Miller were credited with the assists.
With the Red Wings fighting hard to get back in the game and avoid a disappointing performance at home, tempers started to flare and we were treated to a little scuffle in front of the net.
Detroit was able to put some pressure on the Bruins in the closing minutes with the help of an extra attacker, but Tuukka Rask continued to come up big in net for Boston.
After a Rask save, the Bruins played the puck forward and Patrice Bergeron played the puck down the ice to score an empty net goal and give Boston a 3-0 lead with two minutes left to play.
The Red Wings were unable to find any heroics and the Bruins finished off the game with the win and a 2-1 advantage in the series as they reclaimed home ice.