Bruins-Red Wings Live: Wings Hold On in Final Minute to Win 3-2 Over B’s


Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Martin St. Louis, Johnny BoychuckFinal, Red Wings 3-2: The Bruins had a frantic push in the final seconds with Tuukka Rask pulled, but they couldn’t get a shot on goal.

Detroit takes the 3-2 win.

Third period, 18:40, Red WIngs 3-2: Well, it’s not over yet.

Milan Lucic was just the beneficiary of a loose puck in front of the net that hit Jakub Kindl’s skate. Lucic backhanded the puck in the slot up under the crossbar, and the B’s are within one with a little more than a minute to play.

Third period, 17:00, Red Wings 3-1: The power play continues to struggle for the Bruins.

They didn’t do much of anything on their most recent man-advantage, and they’re now 0-for-5 on the afternoon and just minutes away from a defeat.

Third period, 14:02, Red Wings 3-1: The Bruins will get another chance on the power play here.

Daniel Alfredsson just checked Adam McQuaid into the boards from behind, which is kind of a big no-no. McQuaid got up and went after Alfredsson, but the former Senator wanted nothing to do with that. It’s a penalty nonetheless, though.

Third period, 13:00, Red Wings 3-1: The score could easily be 4-1 right now, but Tuukka Rask made a big save to keep the game as is.

Todd Bertuzzi was fed by David Krejci (who doesn’t play on the Red Wings) in the slot, and Bertuzzi had Rask all alone. Rask made the save and was then barreled over by Bertuzzi for his troubles. Bertuzzi crashed to the ice and landed on his face, but he seems to be OK. So does Rask.

Third period, 10:55, Red Wings 3-1: The Bruins had their chances on that elongated 5-on-3, but they couldn’t do anything with those chances.

The B’s took at least seven shots during the power play, and they put four of those on net, but Jonas Gustavsson was up to the task when it came to the shots that actually hit the net. Jarome Iginla had the best chances of the power play with a handful of one-timers, but he whistled two of those wide of the net by a good margin.

That’s potentially back-breaking for the Bruins, as they’re trying to climb out of this two-goal hole here in what’s now midway through the third period.

Third period, 5:56, Red Wings 3-1:  Make that a 5-on-3 for the Bruins.

Daniel Cleary was just called for tripping, which means the Bruins will get 1:55 of 5-on-3 time.

Third period, 4:51, Red Wings 3-1: The Bruins will get a power play here early in the period.

Niklas Kronwall for holding is the call, and the B’s get the power play.

Third period, 0:01, Red Wings 3-1: The third period is underway here in Boston.

End second period, Red Wings 3-1: The second period comes to an end with the B’s trailing 3-1.

Second period, 18:33, Red Wings 3-1: For the second straight game, Torey Krug gets a chance to walk the puck in all by himself, and yet again, nothing comes of it.

Krug took the puck into the slot just now and tried to backhand it, but he couldn’t get anything on it. A group of players then converged on the crease with a lot of poking and prodding, but Jonas Gustavsson was able to keep the puck out of the net.

Second period, 13:41, Red Wings 3-1: Despite possessing the puck for just about the entire power play, the Bruins weren’t able to get on the board there.

I’m not sure if a shot ever got through — they attempted two or three — but the man-advantage comes to an end without any real legitimate chances.

Second period, 11:30, Red Wings 3-1: Brian Lashoff is going to give the Bruins a chance to get back in this game. He was just called for cross-checking, and Boston goes back on the power play here in the second period.

Second period, 10:41, Red Wings 3-1: The Bruins now have their work cut out for them.

Daniel Cleary just scored a goal on a pass from Daniel Alfredsson who found Cleary coming down the slot from behind the net. Alfredsson put it right on Cleary’s tape, and he buried it with Zdeno Chara acting as a screen in front of Tuukka Rask.

Second period, 8:21, Red Wings 2-1: Some poor back-checking has cost the Bruins in this one so far. On the first Detroit goal of the afternoon, Reilly Smith lost Henrik Zetterberg and allowed the forward to score.

Detroit just scored its second goal of the game when Brad Marchand lost track of Stephen Weiss, who took the pass from Johan Franzen and put it up over Tuukka Rask’s right shoulder for the go-ahead goal.

 Second period, 6:26, 1-1: The Bruins have come out strong in the second period once again, thanks to more impressive play from the third line.

Despite having a new member — Brad Marchand — that line continues to be arguably the best for the Bruins in this game. Marchand is having his best game of the season, and those guys are creating opportunities. They just did a great job of possessing the puck in the Detroit zone allowing them to get a couple of shots off during a relentless shift.

Another solid scoring opportunity came from the first line. Milan Lucic carried the puck into the neutral zone and attacking zone with a head of steam. He left it off for David Krejci who passed across to Jarome Iginla. Iginla blasted a slap shot from the right while Lucic did a great job of continuing toward the net and taking away the D-men to open a shooting lane for Iginla. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Jonas Gustavsson made the save.

Second period, 0:01, 1-1: The second period is underway here from TD Garden.

End first period, 1-1: A pretty entertaining first period just came to an end with the game tied 1-1.

The teams also tied in shots on goal with nine apiece.

First period, 17:54, 1-1: The Red Wings killed off the penalty to Jakub Kindl, and we’re back to even strength.

First period, 15:54, 1-1: The Bruins are about to go on the game’s first power play.

Jakub Kindl was just given a two-minute penalty for interference, and the B’s get the man-advantage.

First period, 14:12, 1-1: It didn’t take long for the Bruins to tie things up.

Loui Eriksson just scored his second goal as a Bruin — his first in front of the home crowd — to tie the game. Eriksson got in the way of a throwaway shot from the right point from Johnny Boychuk, and the puck deflected off Eriksson’s leg and beat Jonas Gustavsson to tie the game.

First period, 11:33, Red Wings 1-0: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, they’re still really good.

Datsyuk just picked the puck up in the neutral zone after Patrice Bergeron struggled to gather it and the Red Wings center carried the puck into the zone. He was able to somehow get by Zdeno Chara just enough to send a gorgeous backhanded pass across the slot to Zetterberg who roofed the shot from the right wing by Tuukka Rask.

Pretty remarkable stuff there for the combination of Datsyuk and Zetterberg to get the better of Bergeron and Chara.

First period, 7:46, 0-0: This certainly hasn’t looked like your typical matinee game through the first eight minutes or so, especially after what we saw in the first period on Saturday.

The Bruins have come out with plenty of jump in the early going, and they have already generated some scoring chances here in the first.

The best came from the second line, which is currently featuring Reilly Smith. The forward deflected a Zdeno Chara wrist shot from the point that got by Jonas Gustavsson, but the puck hit the post after getting by the Detroit goalie.

Brad Marchand has also generated some chances in the early going and appears to be handling his “demotion” to the third line quite well. He’s already put two shots on goal in the early going, and he certainly has his skating legs so far.

First period, 0:01, 0-0: And we’re underway here from the Garden for some daytime hockey.

12:59 p.m.: Correction: It looks like Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in goal for Detroit for this one, not Jimmy Howard.

12:52 p.m.: Just browsing through the game notes, and we’ve got some interesting tidbits to pass along.

First of all, Milt Schmidt is in the building and he’ll be dropping the puck on the ceremonial faceoff as the Bruins continue their 90th anniversary celebrations by looking back at the 1940s. They’ll do the same with every other decade as the season goes on. Schmidt, who is 95 years young, made his NHL debut all the way back during the 1936-37 season.

Also of note, Shawn Thornton is playing in his 500th career game today, an impressive accomplishment for someone who plays the type of game Thornton plays. In other milestone news, Milan Lucic is one goal away from 100 for his NHL career.

12:45 p.m.: The siren just sounded on the end of pregame warmups, and it looks like the Bruins are making a couple of changes.

It appears that Brad Marchand is going to stay on the third line, at least to start. He skated with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron in the pregame warmups, which means Reilly Smith will start up on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson.

Also, it appears that Dougie Hamilton will be back in the lineup alongside Dennis Seidenberg. That means Matt Bartkowski will sit once again after making his season debut Saturday in Columbus.

12:32 p.m.: Tuukka Rask will get the start for the Bruins, and he’ll be opposed by Jimmy Howard at the Detroit end.

11:10 a.m.: Good morning and welcome to TD Garden, where the Bruins and Red Wings will play some hockey in about an hour.

It probably goes without saying, but there’s no morning skate this morning for either teams with the early start. That means we won’t get any sort of inkling about lines until the pregame skate. That’s assuming head coach Claude Julien doesn’t say anything newsworthy at his pregame media availability. That will happen in about 30 minutes. We’ll report back after then to see if he gives an update on the Bruins’ starting goalie, which defenseman is sitting or if he’s keeping Brad Marchand on the third line to start the game.

Obviously one of the big storylines in the city today has to do with what the other sports teams did this weekend. The Patriots started things Sunday by coming from behind to beat the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium, which was ultimately just the appetizer. That’s because the Red Sox — who looked all but dead midway through Game 2 of the American League Championship Series — came back from being down 5-0 to win 6-5 with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

“The guys are all excited talking about it going into the game,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said, according to the team’s Twitter account. “Obviously we have a lot to live up to.”

8 a.m.: The Bruins and Red Wings didn’t meet all of last season, but they’ll tangle for the second time in two weeks Monday in Boston.

With Detroit joining the Northeast Division, the schedule looks a little different for the two clubs this season, and they will get after it for the second time this season. The Bruins won the first meeting between Original Six powers on Oct. 5. Torey Krug had a goal and an assist as the Boston power play shined against Detroit.

Both teams come into Monday’s matinee tilt on a winning note. The Bruins defeated Columbus 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, and the Red Wings cruised to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Bruins are hoping the ongoing chemistry experiment that is their top six can continue to go well. Both Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson had nice games Saturday against the Blue Jackets, as they look like they’re starting to fit in. Eriksson might have to work with a new linemate, though. Reilly Smith was skating with Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron in the third period on Saturday in place of Brad Marchand who was dropped to the third line. We’ll have to wait until pregame warmups to see if Claude Julien is going to stick with that combination or go back to his regular lines for Monday’s matchup.

Puck drop from TD Garden is slated for 1 p.m.

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