The Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. In victory, Claude Julien‘s club got back to the basics, administering an impressive sixty-minute beating on Detroit. This best of seven series is now tied at one game aside.
Following Boston’s Game 1 loss, Julien had expressed his displeasure with his team’s inability to carry out the simplest of tasks. On Sunday, to his pleasure, the Bruins skated with determination and physicality in establishing their brand of hockey.
The Bruins dialed up their hitting game and visibly flustered a Red Wings team that tends to steer clear of such confrontation. Boston’s checkers checked and their enforcers enforced. They outworked Detroit in all aspects of play.
Boston got pucks in deep, fired shots on Jimmy Howard, attacked the net and established a relentless forecheck. They showed why they were the Eastern Conference’s best offense during the regular season in victory.
Florek’s goal was a direct result of fierce forecheck. Chara was able to stuff a puck through Howard’s legs while parked in front of the net. Smith jammed home his goal after crashing the net hard. Lucic potted the biscuit on a powerful net drive after Jarome Iginla threaded the needle through the slot and onto his stick.
Both Smith and Chara scored on the powerplay.
Tuukka Rask has allowed just two goals in six periods of play thus far in the series. He stopped 35 shots directed on him in the game.
The series will shift to Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday for Game 3.