Bruins were looking to flip the script against the Red Wings at TD Garden and it was all Bruins to start. Bruins got an early power play opportunity to try and get an early lead as Niklas Kronwall went to the box for high sticking Matt Beleskey.
The Bruins did not score on the powerpay, but it gave the team life and offense going early. The shift after the powerplay the Bruins were able to get one past Jared Coreau. It was a great cycle shift by the fourth line. Tim Schaller and Jimmy Hayes did an excellent job of battling down low. Dominic Moore was able to put the puck into an area for Kevan Miller. Miller shot the puck past Coreau for the 1-0 lead. Hayes, who has been a healthy scratch last seven games, set the perfect screen to set up the goal.
The Bruins continued to keep the puck in the Red Wings zone and had opportunities to add onto their lead. David Pastrnak could not handle a backdoor pass from Torey Krug. Brad Marchand also had some chances as well, but the zone time did not result in a second goal.
With the Bruins outshooting the Red Wings 12-0 halfway through the period, Detroit took advantage of their first shot of the game. Bruins had the puck in the Red Wings end, but a mental lapse by Brandon Carlo allowed Mike Green to find Andreas Athanasiou for the breakaway. Athanasiou speed was too much for Carlo to recover from and Athanasiou made a slick backhand to forehand move and roofed it over Tuukka Rask to tie the game.
The Bruins were able to get another powerplay with around four minutes to go in the period. Jonathan Ericsson went off for playing with a broken stick. He broke his stick trying to one time the puck on goal. As he stick broke, Pastrnak slipped behind him and Patrice Bergeron was looking to spring him in all alone. Instead of allowing the breakaway, Ericsson played the puck and went to the box instead.
The gamble did not pay off for Ericsson as the Bruins were able to make him play. There was great movement on the powerplay as the first unit was generating great offensive chances. Pastrnak had the puck at the blue line and was able to wrist his shot through to the goal. Ryan Spooner found the rebound and tried to put it past Coreau, but could not. The second rebound went right to Marchand back door, who lifted it past Coreau for the 2-1 lead.
With a one goal lead in the second period, the Bruins gave Detroit a great chance to tie it up early in the period. Just over a minute into the period, Zdeno Chara got in the way of Gustav Nyquist for the interference penalty.
The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but the Wings had a ton of zone time. The best penalty killer on the back end in the box resulted in Adam McQuaid and Miller to start the kill. McQuaid turned the puck over and it allowed Wings to keep possession in the attacking zone. The Bruins were fortunate though as an errant pass sent the puck down the ice and out of harm's way.
The powerplay gave the Wings life though as they were able to tie it up shortly after. There was a battle ensuing on the boards in the Bruins end. Henrik Zetterberg pulled the puck out of the scrum and found Green at the point. Green walked the puck in and tried to find Tomas Tatar going to the net far side. Miller locked up Tatar, but the puck deflected off of Miller’s skate and into the back of the net to tie game at two.
Just a few minutes later, the Bruins were having a really effective shift with puck possession and pressure. With Frank Vatrano covering for Chara, he fanned on the puck at the point, which allowed Tatar to pick up the puck and skate all the way into the zone on Rask. Tatar’s shot squeaked through the arm of Rask and in for the Red Wings first lead of the night.
Bruins did not play as well in the second period as they did in the first and was eerily similar to the game last week in Detroit. With a four game losing streak, the Bruins had their work cut out for them trailing by a goal heading into the third.
The Bruins started the third period down by a goal and looking to get the equalizer anyway they could. Marchand, who was buzzing all night was able to get the goal to tie the game. Marchand and Bergeron had a give and go play that was stopped by Coreau. The rebound was laying in the crease and Marchand found the loose puck and put it into the net for his second of the night.
Detroit challenged the call on the ice for goaltender interference. Not sure what exactly the Red Wings saw on the play as there did not seem to be anything that warranted a challenge. The goal on the ice stood and Detroit lost their timeout.
The rest of the third period was played like a playoff atmosphere. The crowd was into the game and it became very chippy. Both teams were playing the body well as there were some great hits by both Kevan Miller and Luke Glendening. Both teams were doing all they could to get the win.
It looked like the Bruins were going to get a powerplay opportunity late in the third period, but it was matching penalties. Athanasiou and Krug were battling behind the play and Athanasiou threw him down to the ice. Athanasiou was called for holding and Krug went to the box for embellishment. Krug was furious with the referee that he was yelling the whole way to the box, but the call was already made. Nothing came of the four on four.
The third period came to a close and the game would head to overtime. The Bruins battled hard in the third and were able to get at least a point out of the game.
In the overtime period, there was not much going on as both teams kept regrouping the puck in the neutral zone to look for the best opportunity for an odd man rush. Finally, with just under a minute to go the Bruins were able to breakthrough. Pastrnak laid the puck over to David Krejci and went to the net. Krejci then found Pastrnak for the one timer that sailed over the glove of Coreau for the 4-3 win. It was Pastrnak’s first goal in 18 games.
The Bruins will play one more game before the NHL All-Star game this weekend in Los Angeles. The Bruins will look to get revenge for a second time this week against a team they played last week as Pittsburgh comes to Boston. The Penguins just beat the Bruins 5-1 on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Puck drop is at 7:00PM Thursday Night.