The Bruins dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout tonight to the Detroit Redwings in the TD Bank North Garden. It was a scrappy game that had a heavy overtone to it. The Redwings on the back of two power play goals were taking it to the Bruins in their own building tonight. Somehow, Patrice Bergeron found a way to put his teammates on his back and drag the Bruins into OT and the Shootout. He showed great poise and in some way, I felt he was sending a message to John Boychuk about how he felt through the way he played tonight. I also felt he was sending a message to the Garden faithful that there will be plenty to cheer for with this team this season.
The Redwings almost got on the scoreboard on the first shift when a give away by Tuukka Rask ended up deflecting off the goal post and crossbar. Things settled down for a dozen shifts before Riley Sheahan got a pass in traffic and beat Rask glove side for a 1-0 lead. The Bruins showed up in the opening minutes of the second period, when after causing pressure in the left corner, the puck squirted out to Patrice Bergeron and he buried it to pull the Bruins even. After a series of cheap penalties, the Redwings made the Bruins pay with two power play strikes by Xavier Ouellet and Andrej Nestrasil to head into the second intermission up 3-1. Bergeron took a backhand shot off a tough pass to start the third period and bring the Bruins within one goal at the 3:14 mark, the same time he scored during the second period. Then almost eight minutes later took a feed out front on his forehand from Carl Soderberg to score his third goal and complete the hat trick on the power play. Rask stopped 26 of 29 shots in 65 minutes of work, but yielded goals on the only two shooters during the shootout.
Though the game was carried on NESN and on 98.5 The Sports Hub, most of the pre-game, between period and post game talk revolved around the trade of John Boychuk earlier in the day. Many of the players in post game interviews commented on how he'll be missed, what a class act he is on and off the ice and getting best wishes for his future from his former teammates. One of the funnier comments after the game was made by Dennis Seidenberg when he commented, that Boychuk was the locker room DJ responsible for what music played and his fear that the new DJ position may fall into the hands of Brad Marchand. Bard Marchand himself in a pre-game interview on NESN seemed to almost tear-up when wishing him well on his new team and future career.
The Bruins are off tomorrow to do their as yet undisclosed team building activity. They do this event every year just prior to the start of the new season. It allows the team to bond with one another and new comers learn something of their new team and veterans learn about new arrivals and rookies. I hope they have a good time bonding and don't get too caught up in the recent changes to the team. On another note, David Krejci seemed to lose an edge early in the second period and slipped awkwardly to the ice, then popped up and hit the glass hard with his left shoulder. He finished the shift and although he seemed uncomfortable, talked with trainers before heading down to the locker room and not returning to the game. He could have hurt his shoulder or tweaked an ankle or groin. Hopefully leaving the game for immediate treatment was precautionary and whatever was bothering him is at worst minor.
The Madness Grows as Wednesday approaches!
Until Next time!