The Boston Bruins visited Joe Louis Arena on Wedneday night to face-off with the Detroit Red Wings. In the fourth and final meeting opposite Detroit this season, Boston came up short, falling 3-2. The win marks the Red Wings third victory over the Bruins this year.
In what could potentially end up being an opening-round Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup, the Red Wings exhibited toughness, determination and a great amount fight in knocking off the favorited Bruins.
Heading into play, the Bruins had won nine consecutive games on the road, and 15 of 16 overall. Boston had not been beaten in regulation since March 1.
Tomas Tatar tied the game at one for Detroit in the second period. The teams headed for the final period all square.
Boston would only manage to muster up one more goal and it came off the stick of Carl Soderberg. His goal gave Boston at a 2-1 lead at the time, but it wasn’t enough.
The Bruins did outshoot the Red Wings, 35-20, but Jimmy Howard‘s spectacular goaltending was just to much to overcome.
Top line winger Jarome Iginla did not play. He’s listed as day-to-day with a miniscule injury.
Yougsters Tomas Jurco and Gustav Nyquist went on to add two Detroit goals in the waining moments of the third period. Nyquist’s goal came on a breakaway bid. He’s now scored in nine of his last 10 games.
Patrice Bergeron had a seven game goal streak snapped in the loss. Tuukka Rask uncharacteristically allowed three goals on just 18 shots.
Detroit now holds a three point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Boston will return to action on Thursday night up in Toronto for a tilt that will surely be challenging. The Maple Leafs currently trail both the Red Wings and Blue Jackets in the standings, but are only one point out of the playoff picture.