November 25, 2011

Post-Game Breakdown: Wings shootout win snaps B’s streak

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Detroit 3, Boston 2 (SO)

Recap: After dominant start to the game in which they outshot Detroit 10-2, the Bruins fell behind 1-0 as Valtteri Filppula beat Tuukka Rask midway through the first period.

A giveaway by Jimmy Howard behind his own net led to Boston’s first tally, as Nathan Horton picked off a pass and fed it to Dan Paille, who then buried it into the vacated cage. But just 35 ticks later, Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit back on top.

The score remained the same until Patrice Bergeron stole the puck and buried his fifth of the season with 12:08 left in regulation. The game went to the shootout where Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi both scored for Detroit, cementing a 3-2 victory.

Records: Boston 13-7-1, 27 points; Detroit 13-7-1, 27 points

Key Play of the Game: With roughly five minutes to go in the third, Howard had to come up big. The Bergeron line was pressing and Brad Marchand blistered a shot bound for the back of the net. But the Wings’ goaltender flashed his glove, keeping the game tied 3-3.

Connolly’s Commendations: It may not have been as noticeable for the home viewing audience, but Adam McQuaid had a very strong game. The B’s d-man was quick to break up lays in his own zone and showed a ton of initiative in carrying the puck through the neutral zone and getting plays going, especially during the 4-on-4 overtime session.

Through two periods, Dan Paille was the biggest offensive force the Bruins had going for them. In addition to his goal, he finished the game with four shots and was around the net on a regular basis.

Connolly’s Critiques: Today was yet another game in which David Krejci failed to have the kind of impact Boston expects of him. The Czech pivot had one shot on goal, committed a blatant hooking call in the second and was all but invisible in the offensive zone for most of the tilt.

Johnny Boychuk was all over the map in the early-going. The B’s d-man was way out of position on both of Detroit’s first two goals and finished with a game-worst rating of minus-2.

Notes: Boston’s ten-game winning streak is now over, but the B’s have still earned a point in 11 consecutive games.

Final Thoughts: Tough to see the streak come to a halt, but it had to happen at some point. Could one think of a more dangerous shootout team than the Red Wings? So many filthy moves that Rask simply had no shot at.

Next: The Bruins will be right back at it tomorrow night, as they’ll welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town for a tilt at 7 o’clock.