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Boston Bruins visit Detroit Red Wings in search of series lead


Stanley Cup Playoffs: Boston Bruins (1-1) vs. Detroit Red Wings (1-1)

Location: Joe Louis Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Boston Bruins will battle the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. The teams split the opening two games at TD Garden. Boston is fresh off a dominant performance and will look to build upon their play in hostile territory. Detroit will look to ride the energy of their home crowd.

Claude Julien‘s club established their brand of physical, hard-nosed, relentless hockey in Game 2. They knocked-off the Red Wings 4-1 after being blanked in the series opener. Boston played with a great deal of emotion in victory. When they become emotionally involved the opposition generally struggles with slowing them down.

Detroit’s in the exact spot they had hoped for. They snuck out of Boston with a win and find themselves in a position to take the series lead on home-ice. They defeated the Bruins three times at the Joe during the regular season.

Boston has been spectacular defensively. They’ve only allowed two goals through the opening two games. They’ll be difficult to beat if they can set the tone early. The Bruins must impose themselves on Detroit and fluster them. Scoring chances will come for Boston if they do that.

The Red Wings will have to steer clear of the extracurricular activity Boston’s tough guys will attempt to stir up. Kevan Miller, Milan Lucic, Johnny Boychuk and Brad Marchand particularly did a great job of that in Sunday’s win.

Tuukka Rask has shown why he is a perennial Vezina candidate. Boston’s netminder has surrendered just two goals in six periods of play. He’s saved 57 0f 59 shots faced thus far. Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening have scored the two Red Wing goals.

Lucic and Jarome Iginla had solid outings in the Bruins Game 2 win. Iginla notched two assists. One of his assists was to Lucic for a goal. Torey Krug added two assists as well. Boston’s powerplay unit will look to keep powering forward. They’ve struck twice on the man advantage in the series.

Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Matt Bartkowski missed both games in Boston. Their status is unclear for Tuesday.

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