The Boston Bruins played their second game in two weeks on Sunday. The Bruins had just defeated the Sabres, 4-3, in overtime Saturday and continued their win streak Sunday with a 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
Boston dominated the first period in terms of shots, but Detroit capitalized on their chances. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the first goal of the game which came as his 13th of the season 11:28 into the period. The Detroit lead didn’t last long, however, as Patrice Bergeron scored his 11th goal just over three minutes after Bertuzzi. In that period, the Bruins outshot the Red Wings 15-6.
In the second period, there were plenty of penalties on both sides which meant plenty of chances to end the tie on both sides. The Red Wings started the period with a power-play because Nick Foligno cross-checked Filip Hronek late in the first period. After that penalty, Brad Marchand and Vladislav Namestnikov accrued a combined 14 penalty minutes in the first three minutes of the period. Marchand and Namestnikov both took two minutes for slashing and then five minutes for fighting. Shortly after those penalties subsided, Sam Gagner and Jeremy Swayman took two more penalties. Both Gagner and Swayman took unsportsmanlike penalties and Erik Haula served Swayman’s penalty.
Somehow, no skater scored on either of the 4-on-4s, but Haula took advantage of being the man out of the penalty box for the Bruins. Haula went coast to coast and scored his second goal of the season on a top-shelf wrist shot. However, the Boston penalties didn’t stop after the Haula goal. Trent Frederic went to the penalty box for cross-checking just a minute after the Bruins goal. The Bruins killed that penalty as well as one last penalty in the last five minutes as Jake DeBrusk committed a hooking infraction.
After taking all those penalties last period, the Bruins got disciplined and didn’t take another penalty, and upped their scoring prowess. Charlie McAvoy topped off the Bruins scoring in the third, scoring his fifth of the season. Less than two minutes after McAvoy’s goal, Frederic scored his first goal of the season and the fifth of his career on a rebound that swept past Alex Nedeljkovic. As if a 4-1 lead in the third period wasn’t enough, Tomas Nosek added to it with the third goal of his campaign. The Bruins held on to win 5-1.
Swayman has continued his steady play in the net and earned his first win since December 2. His. 958 save percentage and one goal allowed improved his season average to .920 save percentage and 2.21 GAA.
The Bruins will head back home on Tuesday to play the New Jersey Devils. The B’s will look to keep ahold of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference as they currently sit at 34 points with a 16-10-2 record. Puck drop will take place at 7:00 p.m. EST at TD Garden.
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