The Red Wings and Bruins play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Tuesday night at 7:30 at Joe Louis Arena. Follow all of the action here with updates throughout the game by Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News.
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The Bruins jumped all over the Wings in the first period, and that was enough to put the home team on their heels and win Game 3 with a 3-0 victory.
Boston has regained the home-ice advantage by taking a 2-1 series lead, and the Wings are going to have to find some answers for their sloppy play between now and Thursday.
The Wings have been turning the puck over at an alarming rate, and they have just two goals through three games. While the odds are not in their favor, they still have a chance to make a series out of this if they can find themselves in Game 4.
The Bruins outshot the Wings 33-23 on the night.
The Wings pulled Jimmy Howard with three minutes left to play, and they put an assault on Tuukka Rask, but Brad Marchand put the Bruins up 3-0 with a goal from the Wings blue line.
The Bruins have started to control the pace of play for the last couple of minutes after seeming content to let the Wings spend a lot of time in their zone for most of the third period. It seems Boston figured out that the best way to put this game away was to not just sit on their heels. It doesn’t take very long to score two goals.
The Bruins still lead 2-0 with 5:50 left to play.
David Legwand had a wide open net, but he couldn’t finish off the nice pass from Johan Franzen, and it’s starting to feel like the Wings just aren’t going to be able to put one in the back of the net tonight.
The energy has definitely picked up for the Wings, but they are still struggling to finish.
It’s a 2-0 Boston lead with 8:01 to play.
The Wings are getting closer, but they are running out of time. The time they are spending in the Bruins zone has gone way up, but they aren’t taking advantage of prime position as they continue to fumble away the puck.
It’s going to take something special for the Wings to even get on the board tonight, let alone tie this thing up. Gustav Nyquist has disappeared in this series, and some of the veterans on this team just aren’t on the same page as their younger teammates.
It’s 2-0 Boston 10:03 left to play. The Wings are going on the power play after the Bruins were called for delay of game.
Brad Marchand had a wide open net on a 3-on-1 break for the Bruins, but he banked it off the post and the Wings are still down 2-0 in the third period of Game 3.
The break came after the Wings crashed the Boston net, but they never got a shot off when Kyle Quincey tried to center the puck into heavy traffic.
17:03 remains in the third period.
A 5-on-3 couldn’t get it done, and when the teams were at full-strength, the Wings didn’t show any signs that they were ready to turn Game 3 around. The shots they are getting on goal are not anything that Boston goalie Tuuka Rask would consider very threatening.
The second period provided the Wings a big chance to get back into the game, but the Bruins are still up 2-0 after 40 minutes.
I hate to beat a dead horse, but the Wings continue to turn the puck over in their own zone, and the only time they showed even a hint of energy was when they were on the power play. If they can’t turn this thing around in the third period, Boston will regain home-ice advantage.
Shots are 23-16 in favor of the Bruins.
Detroit had a golden opportunity with two extra men on the ice for 35 seconds, but they got just one shot on goal during that half-minute and weren’t able to turn the next 1:25 with the man-advantage into anything.
The Wings went on their first power play of Game 3 with 10:17 to play in the second period after Brad Marchand was called for holding the stick of Danny DeKeyser. With 35 second left on the power play, the Bruins were called for having too many men on the ice to give the Wings a 5-on-3.
The best chance to get back into this game may have just passed the Wings by.
Boston is still up 2-0 with 6:22 left in the second period.
Less than a minute after killing off a power play, Brendan Smith was called for tripping and Boston was back on the power play. The Wings played decent defense this time around, and they were able to kill off the penalty, but this trend is starting to get disturbing. The Wings have no chance of establishing any kind of rhythm if they can’t stay out of the penalty box.
Still 2-0 Boston with 11:44 to play in the second period. Shots are now 19-6.
This game is picking up where it left off at the end of the first period. Tomas Tatar was called for holding and the Wings put the Bruins back on the power play. Luckily for the home team, they were able to kill the penalty.
Tatar was called for holding in the offensive zone, something that will drive Mike Babcock crazy. It seems this team just can’t stop shooting itself in the foot right now.
It’s still 2-0 and shots are 14-4 in favor of Boston with 15:30 left to play in the second period.
Coming back to Joe Louis Arena hasn’t helped the Wings at all. They trail 2-0 after the first period, and a building that was on fire during the pregame was left silent at the end of the first 20 minutes.
Detroit continues to turn the puck over and make careless mistakes. They have no pace or plan on offense, and Jimmy Howard is basically a man on an island.
Mike Babcock is a great coach, but he has his work cut out for him during the intermission. This young team needs to find the will to get back into this game.
Shots are 11-4 in favor of Boston.
The Bruins are up 2-0 after a rebound goal from Jordan Caron after a Shawn Thornton shot.
The Wings gave the puck away at center ice and went to change. As all five Wings headed for the bench, they all forgot that someone on the other team still had the puck.
The goal for the Bruins couldn’t have been easier.
The Bruins are controlling every aspect of this game, and the home team is lucky to be down by just one goal.
Boston is outshooting Detroit 8-1 in the first period, and the Wings just look lost.
There’s 6:18 remaining in the first period.
Dougie Hamilton skated in with ease and beat Jimmy Howard in the top corner to put the Bruins ahead 1-0 with 11:00 to play in the first period.
The Wings are playing on their heels. They are going to have to find a way to play tougher on defense and get some momentum on offense.
After it looked like the home team might ride the momentum of the crowd to some early chances, the Bruins have become the aggressor.
The Wings were called for too many men on the ice with 12:20 left to play in the first period and the Bruins are going on the power play.
The teams went 4-on-4 with 16:26 to play in the first period after a scuffle broke out between Justin Abdelkader and Jordan Caron.
The two got into it after Pavel Datsyuk turned the puck over in his own zone and Dougie Hamilton fired a shot that came off the post behind Jimmy Howard.
Nothing came of the 4-on-4 and the teams are now back at full strength.
Joe Louis arena was on fire as the puck dropped between the Wings and Bruins, but the home team is still turning the puck over and putting Howard in a tough position.
The message from head coach Mike Babcock to his team is pretty simple: Get back to playing your game and stay away from the physical stuff.
The Bruins drew the Wings into a wrestling match in Game 2, and to no one’s surprise, that style led to a Boston victory. There were seven roughing penalties dished out in the game, and four of those went to the Wings, who need to get back to using their speed to cause problems for the Bruins the way they did in Game 1.
Coming back to Joe Louis Arena should provide a boost. The Wings need to come out firing and keep the crowd engaged early on. Tonight may not be a do-or-die situation, but it almost feels like a must-win for Detroit.
Note: Daniel Alfredsson is out of tonight’s game with a back injury. Babcock says Alfredsson has been trying to play through the pain, which might explain why the veteran forward’s presence hasn’t been felt in the first two games. Joakim Andersson will be inserted into the lineup in Alfredsson’s place.