The Boston Bruins entered Detroit, Michigan for a game against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins came into the game hoping for a win that would end the three-game losing streak. It was announced earlier in the day, that starting goaltender Tuukka Rask would indeed start Saturday’s game, and he would ultimately become the x-factor for Boston.
The first period of play didn’t have a whole lot of action, as both goalies stopped 7 of 7 shots that they were faced with. Zdeno Chara and Steve Ott both received unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the frame, and Luke Clendening went in the box for inferference.
The second period had the only goal of the hockey game, as Tim Schaller would score his first of the season, assisted by Dominic Moore. Boston would also control the shot department in the second frame, as they would win the statistic 18-8. Tim Schaller and Dominic Moore went in the box in the second period for the Bruins, while Gustav Nyquist, Darren Helm, and Dylan Larkin would go in the sinbin for Detroit.
The third period was pretty much like the whole game. Boston won the shots again, 11-9, and would keep the game at a 1-0 through it all. Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, and Brandon Carlo all sat in the box at some point in the 3rd for Boston, and Danny DeKeyser would go to the box for the Red Wings. A late penalty by Brandon Carlo scared the Bruins, however, the penalty-killing unit was solid, and after only a few clears, the game would be over.
Boston would win the overall shot totals, 36-24. Detroit would take the hit department, 32-13. And Tuukka Rask would get his 31st shutout of his career, and 1st of the new season to lead the Bruins to a 1-0 victory.
- Tuukka Rask – BOS – 24 Saves
- Jimmy Howard – DET – 35 Saves
- Tim Schaller – BOS – 1 Goal (Game Winning)
The black and gold now prepare to battle the Panthers this Tuesday in the sunny state of Florida.
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