After stealing home ice from the Bruins with a Game 1 win, the Red Wings look to build a commanding lead in Game 2 on Sunday. Puck drops at 3 p.m. Follow the action here with live updates from Geoff Robinson.
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It just wasn’t the Wings’ day today as they fell to Boston 4-1 and are now even at a game apiece in their best-of-seven series with the Bruins.
This game was a lot more chippy than Game 1 as Boston wanted no part of a two-game hole heading back to Detroit. The Wings are going to have to do a better job of not letting the rough play of the Bruins get into their heads and throw them off their game.
The good news is the Wings did what they had to do during their trip to Boston. They stole a game and now have home-ice advantage heading back to Joe Louis Arena.
Shots were 35-29 in favor of the Wings, but a lot of those shots came in garbage time.
The Wings continue to fire shots on goal, but they aren’t getting any chances that would make a Boston fan nervous.
It appears to be a formality that the Bruins are going to win this game as they are still up 4-1 with 7:53 left to play.
Shots are now 33-28 in favor of Detroit.
The intensity has picked up on the offensive end for the Wings, but it’s probably going to be too little, too late as the Bruins are still up 4-1 and Game 2 is winding down.
They’ve evened the shots up a 28 apiece with 13:48 left to play.
Zdeno Chara scored a power play goal and the Bruins are in firm control of this game.
Kyle Quincey was called for roughing in what amounts to a frustration penalty for the Wings. Boston came out of the gates hitting hard in this third period and now the lead seems insurmountable.
It’s 4-1 Boston with 17:33 left to play.
Some nifty passing through the Wings defense helped the Bruins go up two goals at the end of the second period. Jimmy Howard got his stick on the Milan Lucic shot, but the puck worked its way across the line behind the Wings’ goalie.
It’s too bad for the Wings. They used a little bit of luck to get back in this game, but that late second period goal is a killer.
The Bruins keep committing penalties, but the Wings just aren’t making them pay.
Dougie Hamilton was called for tripping with 4:37 remaining in the period, and while the Wings were a little better in the Boston zone than they have been on previous power plays, it still wasn’t enough.
Still 2-0 Bruins with 2:37 left in the period.
Right after falling flat on their third straight power play, the Wings picked up a goal when a shot bounced off of Luke Glendening’s glove. The play went under review, but it was decided that it was not an intentional punch with his hand.
Kevan Miller was called for cross-checking and the Wings were back on the power play with 9:05 remaining in the second period. They did nothing with the man-advantage for the third time tonight.
On their first power play they had zero shots, just one on the second and none again this third time around.
It’s 2-1 Bruins with 6:39 left to play in the second period.
Loui Eriksson was called for hooking and the Wings got a second chance at a power play, but once again they weren’t able to make anything happen.
The Wings are having trouble getting anything real threatening on net, making life on Tuukka Rask very easy. They’re also starting to fall into the trap of getting chippy with the Bruins, and that could cost them their focus.
It’s still 2-0 Boston with 12:42 left in the second period.
After a second scuffle at the end of the first period, Brendan Smith and Zdeno Chara were hit with 2-minute minors to start the second. The teams started the period 4-on-4, but nothing much came of it.
The hitting has definitely picked up as these teams get familiar with each other in this series.
It’s still 2-0 Boston with 16:17 left to play in the period.
Three penalties have the Wings in a 2-0 hole heading into the first intermission.
Somehow, someway, this team is going to have to find a way to slow down the Boston attack and get the puck out of its own zone. Without Jimmy Howard in net, the score could be much worse.
The Wings are still in OK shape. They just need to clear the puck, control the puck and start going to work in the Boston zone.
Shots are 18-10 in favor of the Bruins. Howard faced just 25 shots in all of Game 1.
With 1:12 left in the period, a scuffle a broke out and penalties were called on Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser for the Wings, while Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell were penalized for the Bruins.
Jimmy Howard did his best to fight off a brutal attack, but the Wings were unable to clear the puck and the Bruins scored on a scramble in front of the net to take a 2-0 lead.
Jakub Kindl was called for interference and the Bruins went on the power play right after scoring the opening goal.
With 23 seconds left on the power play, Danny DeKeyser was called for slashing and Boston got a 5-on-3 advantage. The Bruins’ goal came just after the two-man advantage was over.
The Wings are going to have to find the rhythm they started this game with. If they keep committing penalties, it’s going to be a long day for the Detroiters.
Jimmy Howard tried to clear the puck, but it bounced off of Brendan Smith’s skate and Boston’s Justin Florek sent it flying past a sprawling Howard and into the net.
The Bruins lead 1-0 with 12:14 left to play in the first period.
Shawn Thornton was called for holding and the Wings went on the power play just 1:32 into the game, but they were unable to score.
With 11 seconds remaining on the power play, Tomas Tatar was called for hooking on Zdeno Chara. Boston didn’t get much going and the teams are back at even strength with 14:40 remaining in the first period.
The Wings are forcing the action into the Boston zone. While they didn’t score, they seem to have the same energy they played with in Game 1.
Pavel Datsyuk provided the heroics in Game 1, while Jimmy Howard kept Boston from lighting the lamp, but now it’s time for the rest of the team to come together and put the top-seeded Bruins in a two-game hole that will be tough to climb out of.
It was a spectacular performance for the Wings in Game 1 against the team that is favored to lift the cup this year, but they’ll have to clean up some of their mistakes if they want to head back to Joe Louis Arena with a tight grip on this series.
The Wings were sloppy with the puck in front of their own net in Game 1. They played solid defense for the most part, but when it came to clearing the puck, they struggled. If they can clean up the garbage today in front of their own net, they can win again.
Look for Boston to try and get into the heads of the Wings early on. Detroit committed just one penalty in Game 1, and that definitely limited the Bruins attack. There’s going to be some extracurricular activity after the whistle as Boston will try to draw the young Wings into little scuffles to throw them off their game. Stay the course, keep it clean and clear the puck. If the Wings do these things, they’ll head back to JLA up 2-0 in this series.