The opening 20 minutes of Saturday’s matinee showdown between the Bruins and visiting Red Wings opened the door to plenty of bedwetting. The Bruins surrendered a goal on just their first shot of the game, they got stuck in the mud of their own zone at a consistent clip, and they were arguably lucky to be down by just two through the first period. Oh, and the Bruins missed the net four times in a row — four times in a row! — on a late-period power-play opportunity.
But when the second period gave Jim Montgomery’s club a chance to regroup and get themselves right, they did not miss.
In what was an 18-shot middle frame from the Bruins, the B’s put themselves on the board with their 26th shot of the evening, and knotted things up against the Wings on shot No. 27. It was enough to bring the sides even through 40 minutes of play, and set the stage for the most deserving goal of the season, scored by the Black and Gold’s fourth line, which held as the game-winning marker by the day’s end.
“Really deserving,” Montgomery said of the line coming through with the winner. “I thought they were our best line all night long. Right from the first shift of the game where I thought they got us going north, they had a lot of good looks and spent a lot of time in the O-zone despite the fact that I start them in the D-zone a lot of times.”
With the win, the Bruins became the fastest team to 50 wins in NHL history, accomplishing the feat in just 64 games. It’s also set the Bruins up to officially clinch a playoff berth by the end of the night depending on what happens in a Capitals vs. Islanders tilt on Long Island the Sens’ late-night trip to Vancouver.
Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a comeback win at TD Garden…