With the series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings heading back to Detroit tied at one game a piece, I assumed that the Red Wings would feed off of their home crowd and play like they did in Game 1, However, they came out dead from the opening puck drop, and the Bruins dominated from start to finish in order to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Red Wings only had two quality chances the entire game. Justin Abdelkader was robbed by Tuukka Rask off of a rebound opportunity, and David Legwand had a chance to cut the 2-0 lead in half on the power play in the third period, but he was also unable to finish.
Heading into this series, it was clear that the Bruins shouldn’t be able to walk all over the eight-seeded Red Wings, who snuck into the playoffs despite a laundry list of injuries. But ever since losing Game 1, the Bruins have outscored the Red Wings 7-1 en route to taking the series lead.
The most important part of the game when the series changes buildings is the first couple shifts, because you can get a sense of how important home-ice is going to play in the game. The Bruins came out like they were playing in their own building – at one point they had more goals than the Red Wings did shots.
Rask was perfect in net, but he didn’t have to do much and only faced 23 shots.
The Bruins’ offense was dominant on the forecheck, and they are finally showing why they won the President’s Trophy. A 3-0 final may seem like a pretty dominant finish, but the Bruins could have easily won this game by five or six goals. They hit two posts, which included one by Brad Marchand, who had a wide open net and somehow found a way to put it off the far post before Jimmy Howard swallowed it up.
After Game 1, many people expected this series to go down to the wire every time these teams took the ice, but the Bruins proved in Game 3 that they are the dominant force, and it’s going to take something drastic for the Red Wings to overcome this deficit.