The Boston Bruins in a lack luster performance allowed the Detroit Redwings to win 2-1 in Detroit tonight. Tuukka Rask looked human as the Boston defense failed to maneuver the Redwings to the side boards often enough. The Bruins managed 17 shots and only took advantage of a giveaway snapshot from the left face-off circle in the first period by Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron took a bad hit in the second period that looked to take his wind and perhaps hurt his left shoulder and went to the dressing room for an extended break. He did return but seemed to play in pain and without enthusiasm in the third period.
The question becomes are there enough game breakers on this squad to ignore adversity and find their game. Milan Lucic looked out of place again and managed no shots and looked weak with his passes. Should Lucic be sitting as he heals? He looked vulnerable on several pushes as if his pain threshold was holding him back. There was no energy from the previous night by the Soderberg line with Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson also just out for a skate around the side boards. There was no pop from Robins, Paille and Cunningham and the defense made a number of good transition passes that came back at them all night long. Once Bergeron went to the dressing room in the second period, the energy seemed to drain off the Bruins bench.
In the third period with the game still a one goal difference the Bruins got a gift power play and even when they pulled Rask for a 6-4 man advantage seemed uncertain and tenuous while passing. Zdeno Chara killed the man advantage when he smacked Jimmy Howard's stick from him and drew the goalie interference penalty with a minute to go. I'm sorry but really nothing positive by any player to report after a sixty minute game on the road.
The Bruins had 3, 8-10 minute lulls in this game when they seemed unable to push any advantage or offense. Detroit while they deserved the win tonight, could easily have been beaten by a concerted effort during frequent times in the game when neither side seemed interested in the outcome. I hope the Bruins find something to play for and realize that only a team effort can compel them to win going forward. I also hope that while damaged, Bergeron heals quickly and can play his normal game.
Until Next Time !