Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bruins blow big lead, lose in shootout to Red Wings

Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings game recap video, on January 18, 2017.
The Bruins had a really good start to their game tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, but then the second period came and everything went downhill from there. The Bruins had a 4-1 lead after the first period, then allowed the Red Wings to come back in the second period. In the third period, the Red Wings tied the game up and eventually win the game in the shootout. This was a frustrating game to watch as a Bruins fan, as you see how good the Bruins "can" be, as they showed in the first period, but then they completely fall apart in the second period, then they can't get back to that kind of play for the rest of the game, and end up losing in the shootout.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 44 seconds into the game, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 4th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Brandon Carlo scored his 4th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Later, Red Wings Dylan Larkin scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 3-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

In the second period, Red Wings Xavier Ouellet scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-2. Later, Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-3. Later, Red Wings Tomas Tatar scored, tying the game 4-4. Only 21 seconds later, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 5-4 lead.

In the third period, Red Wings Gustav Nyquist scored, tying the game 5-5.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, (Bruins killer) Red Wings Thomas Vanek and Bruins Brad Marchand both scored in the second round; Red Wings Frans Nielsen scored in the third round to win the game 6-5 for the Red Wings.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 20 saves on 25 shots. Rask is now 22-10-0-4 with a 2.11 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 59% faceoff percentage and shots 33-25. The Red Wings led the game in hits 25-17 and blocked shots 12-7. The Bruins went 2-for-2 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 0-for-4.

Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller (concussion) were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin
2) Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar
3) Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-19-6 with 52 points this season and are in 2nd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 13-8-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, at 7pm ET.

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