Posts Tagged ‘Boston Bruins’

Boston at Detroit (2/13/11)

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Part two of the Red Wings’ home and home series with the Boston Bruins took place today at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard started in net again for the Wings and Tim Thomas started for the Bruins. Brad Stuart was not ready to go so Kindl was still in the lineup in his place.

This was an excellent game for the Wings and for the fans. It was such a fun game to watch. I was on the edge of my seat through almost the entire thing. The battles around the net were amazing and the energy level of both teams was fantastic. It had the feel of a playoff game.

The Wings gave up the first goal of the game pretty early on but they didn’t let it get them down. They continued to battle hard and Bertuzzi was rewarded with a gift when he received a turnover right in front of the Bruins’ net. He took his time and chipped it up and over Tim Thomas to tie the game at one. The Bruins scored a power play goal later in the first so the Wings went to the dressing room down two to one at the first intermission. They were playing pretty well though so I don’t think they were discouraged at all.

In the second period Datsyuk and Draper both scored to give the Wings their first lead of the game. In the third period Franzen and Bertuzzi teamed up on a two on one and Bertuzzi scored to give the Wings a little cushion. Detroit had to kill off a penalty near the end of the game and then the Bruins pulled their goalie to extend the man advantage right up until the end of the game. The Wings kept the pedal to the metal until the final horn and won the game two to four.

These last two games against the Bruins were probably as good as the Red Wings have played all season. And that’s without Modano, Filppula and Stuart. It’s so good to see that they can still play well after several recent sub-par games. If this is a taste of the playoff Wings then I think they’ll be in pretty good shape to go on a run. Jimmy Howard was excellent. The whole team played great defensively and played really well around the net, too. They had tons of second chances and tons of really hard plays at the net. This was textbook Detroit hockey. The Wings have a few days off now as they don’t play again until Thursday.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
34-16-6
74 points

Detroit at Boston (2/11/11)

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The Red Wings were on the road tonight to play the first half of a home and home series with the Boston Bruins. The starting goaltenders were Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask.

This was a much better performance by the Wings than we’ve seen lately. They played very well tonight. They got off to a good start and kept up the pressure for the entire game. They were great defensively and Jimmy Howard was sharp when he had to be. There was a short stretch in the second period when they seemed to relax a little and the Bruins started coming to life but it was short lived. They essentially dominated the game.

Bertuzzi got the scoring started just 1:10 into the game with a great snapper. Then Cleary got one just a few minutes later when Hudler made an incredible pass to him as he was coming down the slot. Krejci scored a power play goal for the Bruins near the end of the first period to bring them back to within one but that was the only goal the Wings allowed.

Hudler scored a beautiful goal on a one-timer after a brilliant backhand pass from Zetterberg. Then Zetterberg scored with a great backhand shot. Bertuzzi got another goal after stealing a puck that was mishandled by Rask which he banked in from behind the goal line. The puck went off Rask’s pad and then off his mask and into the net.

At the start of the third period Tim Thomas came in to relieve Rask. That didn’t have much effect though. Holmstrom scored one standing in front of the net after Hudler made a great pass to him from behind the net.

The Bruins kept trying to get the Wings to fight but there was no reason for them to do so and I’m glad no one took the bait. They just held the lead coasted to the win.

This was exactly the game the Red Wings needed. It was good, hard-working win. They out played the Bruins all over the ice and they worked as a team. Now the Bruins come to Detroit for a rematch on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, the Wings will be able to keep the scoring going.

This 6-1 win brings us to:
33-16-6
72 points