The Red Wings return to Boston facing elimination in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday against the Bruins. Bostons leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1. Puck drops at 3 p.m. Follow all of the action here with updates throughout the game by Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News.
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Jarome Iginla scored on an empty net, and in the end, the Wings just didn’t have enough fire-power to compete with top-seeded Boston.
With 3:04 left to play and trailing by a goal, Detroit was given a penalty for too many men on the ice, all but ending their chances at netting a game-tying goal.
Shots today actually ended even at 33, but a lot of those Wings shots never had a chance of getting past Tuukka Rask.
A lot of veteran Wings should be hailed for playing through injuries in this series, but there were quite a few healthy players who just didn’t show up against Boston.
If key players get healthy, and the young guns learn from this playoff experience, this team should be much better than an 8-seed next season.
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Henrik Zetterberg buried a rebound in the top of the net, and the Wings have life late in Game 5.
They trail, 3-2, with 3:52 remaining in the third period.
Brad Marchand was called for roughing, and the Wings were given yet another opportunity to draw closer in the waning moments of Game 5. Detroit did a nice job of controlling the puck and working Tuukka Rask, but they could not breakthrough.
There’s just 5:18 left to play in the third period, and the Wings are running out of chances.
Daniel Alfredsson was called for tripping, and the Wings did a nice job of holding Boston down during the power play. With 33 seconds remaining on the man-advantage, Patrice Bergeron was called for hooking. After the initial 4-on-4, the Wings were afforded a chance at their own power play.
Nothing came of the Wings’ advantage. Franzen had a soft chance in front of goal, but Tuukka Rask was solid in making the stop.
It’s going to take a complete 360 on the Wings part to get back into this game. They haven’t shown any sign in this series that they are capable of scoring two goals in the final nine minutes of this game.
Right after a brilliant save by Jonas Gustavsson, Milan Lucic was the benefactor of another Wings turnover in their own zone, burying a centered pass by the sprawling Wings goalie.
The season is hanging in the balance, and the Wings better answer soon if they want to save it.
It’s 3-1 Boston with 14:41 left to play in the third period.
The strange nature at the end of the second period carried over to the beginning of the third period, but the Wings couldn’t take advantage of a power play chance. Tomas Tatar had a decent look at goal in front of Tuukka Rask, but he couldn’t get his shot above the pad of the Boston goalie.
The teams went 4-on-4 for 40 seconds when the period began, and Boston was supposed to have a power play for 1:07. The Wings passed the puck back and forth for a while to waste some time on the Brendan Smith penalty, putting the teams 4-on-4 again for 37 seconds, and giving the Wings a penalty for 1:23.
16:39 left to play in the third period.
Zdeno Chara was the benefactor of a messy ending to the second period, and the Bruins will take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Danny DeKeyser was called for holding the stick with 3:12 to play in the second period, but the Wings were able to fight off a heavy Boston attack. With 10 seconds left on that power play, Loui Eriksson was called for goalie interference and the Wings had an extra man on the ice for about 30 seconds before Johan Franzen was called for holding. About 10 seconds later, Brendan Smith was called for cross checking, and the team’s were 4-on-3 for about 10 seconds before Chara’s goal. The third period will start 4-on-4 for 40 seconds before a short Boston power play.
What a killer for the Wings. They had a chance to end the period on the power play, but their undisciplined actions may very well be there undoing in Game 5.
Pavel Datsyuk scored 12 seconds into a power play, and the Wings are right back in the game.
Milan Lucic was called for high-sticking, and the Wings went on their second power play of the night with just under six minutes to play in the second period. Datsyuk picked up a rebound off of a blue line shot and put in past Tuukka Rask with ease.
5:19 left to play in the second period, and it’s 1-1 in Boston.
After the Bruins made a mistake and turned the puck over in their own zone, Daniel Alfredsson had a point blank shot on a centering pass from Johan Franzen, but the Wings’ forward was stuffed by Tuukka Rask.
It was nice to see Boston make the kind of mistake that has plagued the Wings all series, but it doesn’t bode well for Detroit that they misfired on their best chance of the night.
Still 1-0 Boston with 7:38 remaining in the second period.
Loui Eriksson had a chance at his second goal of the day when Brian Lashoff fell down and the Bruins found themselves skating in with a 3-on-1 advantage. Eriksson fired the shot wide, and the Wings are still down by just a goal in the middle of the second period.
Shots are now 14-11 in favor of Boston with 12:58 remaining in the second period.
Boston has come out of the locker room intent on extending its lead early in the second period, but so far, the Wings haven’t let them break through.
The bad news is that the Wings are doing nothing positive with the puck right now. The defense has been pushing the Wings forwards to the outside, and Detroit can’t continue to let the Bruins dictate the pace of play.
It’s still 1-0 Boston with 15:29 left to play in the second period.
David Krejci was called for tripping Brendan Smith behind the Boston net, and the Wings were given a chance to draw even with the man-advantage as the first period came to an end.
Detroit wasn’t able to get any real threat going, and the Bruins are now just two periods away from moving on to the second round.
Giving up that early goal was a killer for this team’s spirit. It was absolutely the worst thing that could have happened. They’re going to have to find a way to match the Bruins’ energy in the second period. If they don’t, the third period could just be a formality.
Shots are 12-8 in favor of Boston.
The Wings haven’t been able to sustain any type of offensive attack. They have just three shots on goal, and they are letting the Bruins push them around with their physical play.
The box score says the Wings have six shots on goal, but none of those shots were very good chances. The Wings are playing OK on the back end, but when you’re trailing by a goal in a do-or-die game, you need to start picking it up on offense.
5:47 remains in the first period.
Right after the Bruins scored, the Wings were given a power play of their own on a high-stick penalty given to Shawn Thornton.
The Wings couldn’t take advantage, though, getting just one shot on goal with the man-advantage. The teams are back at full-strength with 12:38 left to play in the first period.
The Bruins were given a power play after Justin Abdelkader was called for hooking, and they took advantage of a lucky bounce onto the stick of Loui Eriksson that allowed the Boston forward to score the first goal of the game.
The Bruins are being aggressive early on, and the Wings are going to have to find a way to slow them down.
It’s do-or-die time for the Wings today in Boston. Game 4 was probably the team’s most complete performance of the series, but they fell in overtime, and now they have to pick up the pieces and find a way to play with the same energy they did on Thursday night.
Henrik Zetterberg provided a big emotional boost, Niklas Kronwall had a great, and Pavel Datsyuk has played well for most of the series, but this team is still not getting production from the young players that keyed the run to the playoffs. Gustav Nyquist has pulled a disappearing act, and if he doesn’t show up soon, we won’t see the Wings until next season.
Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in goal again today. A report surfaced that Jimmy Howard may have a concussion, but the Wings insist he it’s just the flu. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter as far as Gustavsson is concerned. He’ll need to make some big saves today to give his team a chance to win. In return, I’m sure the goalie would appreciate the Wings finally cutting down on turnovers in their own zone.
It won’t be easy, but the Wings are definitely capable of extending this series. They have to play with urgency on the offensive end, and avoid the careless mistakes in their own zone that have plagued them through the first four games.