Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins endured a frustrating afternoon on Black Friday at TD Garden, falling to the Detroit Red Wings by a 5-2 final.

Missed opportunities loomed large for the Bruins, who allowed two power play goals, another off a neutral zone giveaway, and one more as a result of a busted coverage in their own end. After going down 2-0 to start, they cut the deficit to one on two occasions, but the Red Wings answered every time. The B’s lost 5-2 despite only being out-shot 29-27 and holding a 23-14 edge in 5-on-5 scoring chances.

Bruins-Red Wings Highlights

The game was tough from the start for the Bruins, who were mostly hemmed in their own zone for the first minute-plus of regulation. Despite a few early scoring chances and a 10-7 advantage in that department in the first period, the Bruins couldn’t capitalize – and the Red Wings did.

Detroit first cashed in on a power play, after the Bruins’ Morgan Geekie was whistled for holding during a battle along the boards. Red Wings forward J.T. Compher deflected a point shot from Shayne Gostisbehere through the pads of Swayman to put them up 1-0.

  • Detroit only put Boston in a bigger hole later in the first period. It came off the stick of Alex DeBrincat, who picked the pocket of Bruins rookie Matt Poitras for an easy breakaway, then beat goaltender Jeremy Swayman with his excellent wrist shot to put the Red Wings up 2-0.

  • The Bruins got one back early in the second period, and from an encouraging source. Jake DeBrusk got the B’s on the board with his second goal in as many games, as he gathered his own rebound in front of the net for a nice top-shelf finish, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

  • However, the Red Wings got it right back about midway through the second. Every Bruins defender left the Red Wings’ Robby Fabbri all by himself with way too much space, allowing him to get off a clean shot from a cross-ice pass and beat Swayman, putting his team back on top by two at 3-1.

  • That score would hold into the third period. For a moment, it felt like the Bruins had gotten the break they needed. Danton Heinen was in the right place at the right time, as Mason Lohrei’s deliberate wide shot bounced straight back to Heinen at the net-front. The forward finished it off to get the deficit back to one at 3-2.

  • But the Red Wings, as they did all afternoon, were quick to respond whenever the Bruins got any momentum going their way. This time, it wasย really quick. After Brandon Carlo got whistled for hooking, the Red Wings scored on the power play again, this time just six seconds into the man advantage, with Dylan Larkin finishing on a gaping net to make it 4-2.

  • Detroit would add an empty-net goal to seal the victory for good.

    Up Next:ย The Bruins have a quick turnaround, as they now have to head to New York to take on the Rangers in another matinรฉe game on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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    Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Check out all of Matt’s content here.

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