By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
The Boston Bruins split this weekend’s back-to-back home and home match-up against the Detroit Red Wings. With Saturday night’s 3-2 comeback win on home ice, the Bruins became the fastest team in NHL history to win 50 games in 64 games. The previous record of 66 games was held by the Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As the New York Islanders posted a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals yesterday, Boston became the first team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After being down 2-0 early in Saturday’s game, the Bruins rallied back with goals from Patrice Bergeron, Garnet Hathaway, and Hampus Lindholm.
Saturday’s Gameplay Recap
Detroits’ Andrew Coop and Alex Chiasson opened up the scoring early in the first period, both scoring during a power play. Coop scored a shorthanded goal while Chiasson netted a power-play goal.
The second period saw gameplay shift in favor of the Bruins as they tallied twelve straight shots on goal to open up the period. Hampus Lindholm got the B’s on the scoreboard as he slapped the puck through traffic and past Hellberg. Detroit’s Dylan Larkin looked to give Detroit a 3-1 lead however the goal was waved off after he was called for interference.
With the Bruins on the power play, Patrice Bergeron would redirect a pass and tie the game 2-2. Garnet Hathaway scored the game-winning goal at 13:54 (and a first as a Bruin) in the third and final period.
Boston would win 3-2 Saturday night with the team outshooting Detroid 38 to 31. Linus Ullmark made 29 saves while Magnus Hellberg made 35 saves.
Gameplay Part Deux
Sunday’s afternoon matinee match-up against Detroit was deja vu for Bruins fans as the team once again fell behind early on when Adam Chiasson scored during the power play.
The first period would be riddled with penalties with Detroit on the penalty kill three times while Boston would get nabbed for four penalties. it was announced prior to today’s match-up that Hampus Lindholm would be out of the lineup due to a swollen foot. Derek Forbort would slide back into the roster.
Boston continued to play a flat, listless game while the Red Wings sprinted to a 4-0 lead during the second period. Moritz Seider scored another shorthanded goal while Dylan Larkin scored on the power play.
Adam Erne tallied his eighth goal of the season as he wristed the puck past Jeremy Swayman. With minutes left in the second period, Matt Grzelcyk would spoil Detroit’s potential shutout as he snapped the puck passed Ville Husso.
Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak made it 4-3 getting the B’s within one goal of tying the game. Boston had multiple scoring chances but ultimately were unable to connect. With an empty net, Detroit’s Andrew Coop gave the Red Wings a 5-3 victory over the Bruins. Boston outshot the Red Wings 33 to 26.
For the first time this season, the Bruins have posted double-digit losses and are 50-10-5. Boston is 23-7-2 while on the road.
NEXT GAME: Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks (22-38-6) Tuesday, March 14th with puck drop at 8:30 pm.
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