The Boston Bruins have risen on Easter Sunday.
The Bruins came flying out of the gate and jumped all over the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-1 win in Game 2 to even the series at 1-1.
The Bruins outshot the Red Wings 18-10 in the opening 20 minutes and drew three penalties, one of which they scored on to take a 2-0 lead 10:35 into the game. Bruins also had 13 scoring chances to Detroit’s three.
An early mishap gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead as Riley Sheahan played the puck back in his defensive zone, Jimmy Howard attempted to pass the puck to Brendan Smith, but it bounced off of his skate and Justin Florek collected the loose puck and shot it into the gaping net.
Detroit’s first penalty kill looked good not allowing a shot on goal, but too many penalties caught up with the Red Wings as the Bruins had a 21-second 5-on-3 power play, which Detroit killed, but Reilly Smith jammed a loose puck in the net on the ensuing 5-on-4 power play to go up 2-0.
As the horn sounded for the end of the first period, Brendan Smith and Zdeno Chara got into a scuffle, and Brendan Smith appeared to want a fight with Chara. Chara kept Smith at bay with those long arms and was laughing at Brendan Smith as the Red Wings defenseman attempted to get some punches in.
The referees saved Brendan Smith from a colossal beat down, and the Bruins did exactly what they wanted to do: agitate the Red Wings.
Boston lured the Red Wings into a physical, borderline dirty game, and Detroit obliged.
It’s not Detroit’s game, and it showed as it took too many penalties and seemed intimidated by the big, bad Bruins.
The kids played exactly like kids. They look overmatched and lost at times. Gustav Nyquist has been nonexistent two games into the playoffs.
It was only a matter of time before he fell from grace — there was no way he could sustain the offensive production he had during the last half of the season — but he still needs to contribute for the Red Wings to have a chance.
The Red Wings offered resistance in the second period outshooting the Bruins 13-6 and cutting the goal deficit to 2-1. Darren Helm took a shot from the faceoff circle that hit Tuukka Rask and caromed off Luke Glendening for his first career NHL playoff goal at the 13:20 mark.
The Bruins took three penalties in the second period, but the Red Wings only registered one shot on those three opportunities.
Detroit had trouble entering the offensive zone and couldn’t get the puck deep.
The Bruins took advantage of the missed opportunities and scored soon after killing a penalty. Milan Lucic, the enemy from Game 1, entered the zone, got a give-and-go from Jarome Iginla and buried the shot to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
Howard got a stick on the Lucic shot, but it still snuck in.
The dagger came early late in the third period when Kyle Quincey was called for a questionable roughing penalty. The Bruins scored on the ensuing power play as Iginla took a shot on goal, and Chara banged in the rebound to put Boston up 4-1.
Boston was 2 of 4 on the power play, while the Red Wings were 0 of 4. Special teams have been very hot and cold for the Red Wings this season, and so far, it’s hurt Detroit more than helped.
All things considered, the Red Wings did what they needed to do: They got a split on the road against one of the best teams in the NHL. Now, they need to regroup and defend home ice starting on Tuesday.