Bruins Wrap: Third-Period Rally Can’t Overcome Special Teams’ Struggles

Boston was dealt a 5-3 loss in Detroit


Mar 12, 2023

The Boston Bruins tried to overcome a lackluster 40 minutes with a third-period rally, but they ultimately fell short and dropped the second game of a home-and-home against the Detroit Red Wings by a 5-3 verdict.

Boston, which now has lost just twice in its last 13 games, remains an NHL-leading 50-10-5. Detroit improved to 30-27-9 on the campaign.

Check out the box score here.

While there’s something to be said about the Bruins again not going down easily, they put themselves in a very difficult position at Little Caesars Arena. Detroit took a 4-0 lead at 15:08 of the second period before the Black and Gold scored three unanswered within a 10-minute span.

But Boston’s special teams were nowhere near good enough on the second night of a back-to-back. The Bruins allowed three goals on special teams as the Red Wings tallied twice on their three power-play opportunities and scored a shorthanded goal after a turnover by David Pastrnak. In the last 24 hours against the Red Wings, the Bruins allowed three power-play goals and two shorthanded goals — a notable development for a team that’s dominated so many aspects this season.

Detroit scored an empty-netter in the final minute after Boston’s late pressure in the offensive zone.

— Red Wings center Dylan Larkin finished with three points on one goal and two assists. Larkin assisted on Alex Chiasson’s goal which gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 12:22 of the first period before extending Detroit’s lead to 3-0 at 10:39 of the second period.

— Matt Grzelcyk finished with a pair of points for the Bruins including a momentum-building goal at 16:52 of the second period. Grzelcyk also was credited for a helper on Pastrnak’s third-period goal at 6:24 of the frame.

— Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider contributed a pair of points himself with one goal and one assist. Seider netted the shorthanded goal at 6:34 of the second period to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.

FanDuel Sportsbook bettors might have earned themselves an easy even-money win. Brad Marchand’s shot on goal nine minutes into the contest marked Boston’s second of the game, and thus eclipsed the 1+ shots on goal promotion offered by FanDuel. A bettor who wagered the maximum of $50 on the Bruins to finish the game with two or more shots was granted a $100 payout.

The Bruins will continue their five-game road trip Tuesday night as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on NESN after an hour of pregame coverage.

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