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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Game 52: Bruins end win streak by losing to the Red Wings 3-1, are 27-20-5

Not really a whole lot I can write about this one. The Bruins were defeated by a far superior team. Even though the Bruins had the lead for most of the game, I thought they were outplayed. Detroit gave up very few transition opportunities, and their shot blocking was sensational. Don't get me wrong, the Bruins played pretty well. The Red Wings, who have 84 points for a reason, were just able to get the puck in the net, something the Bruins had trouble doing.

The Bruins at first had trouble controlling the puck, but got the opportunity they were looking for eight minutes into the period. Milan Lucic found Glen Metropolit skating towards the net with Chuck Kobasew by his side. Metropolit passed the puck to Kobasew, who shot it by Osgood.

Although Detroit seemed to be controlling the game, the Bruins looked as if they would hold on. Detroit had chances but not good ones. Momentum quickly changed with five minutes left in the second period. Henrik Zetterberg scored when his very lucky back hand shot just went into the net. Review confirmed that it was a goal.

Early in the third period, two Red Wings managed to get by the Bruins defense. Henrik Zetterberg's shot was saved by Thomas, but the long rebound went to Pavel Datsyuk, who scored easily.

After that goal, the Bruins played much more aggressively. They kept the puck in the offensive zone and took good shots. They made scoring opportunities. It's that type of play that scores goals. Momentum, however, shifted before the Bruins were able to capitalize. With a little over 6 minutes left, Zdeno Chara made a poor decision and took a bad hooking penalty. Brian Rafalski scored a power play goal very quickly and the Wings were up 3-1.

So the Red WIngs took the only game of the season between these two original six rivals. Hopefully we'll get our revenge when these two teams meet in the Stanley cup finals. The Bruins next three games are against Buffalo and Florida. The Bruins should be able to take 6 points in the next week.



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