The Bruins started quickly and controlled play from the outset. Jimmy Howard held off the B’s until the 9:11 mark, when former Michigan State Spartan Torey Krug blasted home a power-play goal, with assists going to Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Boston was in command until 16:49, when Henrik Zetterberg sniped one past Tuukka Rask to even the score at 1-1. Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk assisted. Despite being heavily outshot in the first (14-5), the Wings entered the intermission tied with the reigning Eastern Conference champs at TD Garden.
Detroit was barely out of the locker room when Boston regained the lead. Brad Marchand scored 36 seconds into the second to put Boston ahead for good; the goal was assisted by Johnny Boychuk. Less than eight minutes later, Jordan Caron extended the Bruin lead to 3-1; assists went to Reilly Smith (brother of Brendan) and Adam McQuiad. Despite outshooting the Bruins in the second (15-13), the Wings trailed 3-1 after two.
The Wings never got anything going in the third, mustering only six shots on Rask and generally looking tired and uninspired. Zdeno Chara put the final nail in the coffin at 12:17 with a power-play goal, the second of the game for Boston, and assisted by Krug and Lucic. Mercifully, the whistle blew less than nine minutes later, and the Wings left Boston with a 4-1 loss to dissect.
The Red Wings opened their season with three games in four nights, and this game was definitely the toughest on paper (and as it turned out, it was the toughest in reality, too). The Wings didn’t play very well on Saturday against a more rested Bruins squad, but it’s way too early to pass judgment on this Wings team. Three games in four days to start the season is tough against anyone, let alone the reigning Eastern Conference champions. The Wings will get a few days off and take the ice again on Thursday at the Joe against Phoenix.