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Boston Bruins shutout Detroit Red Wings, earn series lead

The Boston Bruins blanked the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their quarterfinals series, 3-0. In victory, the Bruins regained control of the series after falling behind in Game 1. They earned their second consecutive decisive win over Detroit.

Boston committed themselves to a 60-minute defensive grind. They succesfully outworked Detroit in all three zones and won the special teams battle as well. They once again extablished their brand of hockey and made Detroit play it.

Tuukka Rask earned his fourth career playoff shutout. He stopped 23 shots. He has given up just two goals through the opening three games of the series.

Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron both scored their first career playoff goals in the game.

Hamilton’s goal opened up the scoring in the first after he skated toward Jimmy Howard and sniped the puck home. Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith assisted on the goal.

Caron cleaned up a rebound in front as he attacked the net with speed, scoring to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Shawn Thornton and Kevan Miller were credited with an assist on the play.

Bergeron sealed the deal in the final minutes of the third. Detroit, trailing by two, pulled Howard with 2:56 to play. Bergeron won control of the puck after a stingy defensive effort and fired in his goal from the Boston end. Boston outshot Detroit, 34-23.

One of the biggest moments of the game came in the second period. Detroit had an extended 5-on-3 powerplay and the Bruins killed it off. It was a victory for Boston that was marked by great poise, pressure and hardwork.

All four of Boston’s lines contributed in one way, shape or form. Just like it’s been all season long, Claude Julien‘s club is at its best when everyone gets involved.

The Bruins controlled the puck for the majority of the game and Detroit had great trouble in pushing back at their relentless play. Boston’s veteran presence was too much for Detroit to overcome.

Boston is now 14-1 in Game 3s under Julien. Game 4 will be played on Thursday in Detroit.

 

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