Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Bruins newcomer Garnet Hathaway scored his 10th goal of the season with just 6:06 left in regulation, lifting Boston to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The Bruins improved to 50-9-5 on the season, becoming the fastest team in NHL history to 50 regular season wins.

Hathaway’s game-winner came off a feed from winger A.J. Greer, as he whacked home his own rebound to put the B’s up late, after the team had started the game in an early 2-0 hole in the first period.

  • The Red Wings struck early and often, forcing the B’s to play catch-up. Detroit’s Andrew Copp opened the scoring just 1:36 into the game, and did it shorthanded off a neutral zone turnover by David Krejci during an early Bruins power play.

    Copp beat B’s goaltender Linus Ullmark right off the rush on what looked like a stoppable puck, but it would’ve qualified as a bailout save for Krejci.

  • Alex Chiasson really put the Bruins behind the proverbial 8-ball later in the first, when he cashed in on a Red Wings power play. Chiasson found inside positioning behind the B’s defense, then took advantage of some slick passing by Dylan Larkin and David Perron as he buried the puck at the doorstep to make it 2-0.

  • In the second period, the Bruins’ chances started to fall. Hampus Lindholm finally got the B’s on the board more than 12 minutes into the second, during 5-on-5 action. The defenseman pivoted and drew a sea of bodies between himself and the net, then pinpointed a seeing-eye shot from the point through all kinds of traffic to cut the Red Wings’ lead to 2-1.

  • Mere minutes later was when the game’s biggest swing took place. Detroit momentarily thought it had scored an answer goal just 45 seconds after Lindholm, but Larkin had actually been whistled for an interference penalty. Boston soon cashed in on the power play off the stick of captain Patrice Bergeron.

    The Red Wings penalty kill unit made the mistake of allowing Jake DeBrusk a big lane to slip the puck to Bergeron in his usual “bumper” spot. Bergeron slapped the one-timer no problem and made it a tie game just like that.

    With the goal, his 24th of the season, Bergeron passed Cam Neely to move into sole possession of fourth place in franchise history in power play goals, with 130 total. It’ll be tough for Bergeron to catch Phil Esposito, who sits in third place in that category with 150.

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  • Not to go unnoticed was the play of Ullmark, especially in the third period. Ullmark stopped 15 third-period shots by the Red Wings en route to his league-best 33rd win of the season. Ullmark is now a ridiculous 33-4-1 overall.

    Up Next: It’s the quickest of turn-arounds, for BOTH teams. The Bruins and Red Wings will complete a home-and-home back-to-back on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena. The game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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