It took 11 games for someone to knock off the Boston Bruins in regulation, but it finally happened, and it took a furious third-period comeback by the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit scored three times in the third period and erased two different deficits on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena, as the Bruins were handed their first regulation loss of the season by a 5-4 final. The Bruins are now 9-1-1 on the season.
Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark allowed five goals on 39 Red Wings shots (.872), as Detroit stormed back from down 3-2 to go up 5-3. David Pastrnak scored late in the third to get within one, but late penalties doomed the Bruins in the end in this one.
Jim Montgomery shook up his forward lines again for the game, and it paid off at first. James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game as the newest linemate for Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha, finishing the rebound after Pastrnak fired it on net just off the faceoff. Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso couldn’t handle the rebound, then van Riemsdyk made a heads-up play to tuck the loose puck in.
“JVR” broke a seven-game scoring drought with the goal, his fourth of the season.