Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings: 3 Takeaways

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 06: Boston Bruins right wing Rick Nash (61) holds the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings on March 6, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings 6-5 (OT). (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 06: Boston Bruins right wing Rick Nash (61) holds the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings on March 6, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings 6-5 (OT). (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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It was the fourth loss for the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins this season. Here are three takeaways from Tuesday night’s game.

#3 Goaltending Woes

Jared Coreau only lasted 23 minutes in his first start of the season. After letting four goals in during this span, Jimmy Howard was called from the bench as he would go on to let in two more goals.

Although Coreau struggled, it is important to remember this was his first game action since Feb. 17 when he made his last appearances for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Having not played in a real game situation for almost two weeks gives him some leniency for his performance.

#2 Mantha Leads

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 6: Frans Nielsen
BOSTON, MA – MARCH 6: Frans Nielsen /

Anthony Mantha had a four points night with two goals and two assists. The Red Wings needed one of their younger players to step up tonight if they wanted to win. Even though that did not happen, Mantha still had one of his best performances of the season.

This was his most productive night of the season as well. He had a few three-point games earlier in the season but we haven’t seen a huge night like he had on Tuesday in quite awhile. Now at 23 goals, the 30 goal mark is well within reach.

#1 Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand has been a throne in the Red Wings side this season. The forward put up 10 points in three games against the Wings. It, of course, had to be him in overtime as he completed the hat-trick.

The Bruins got help from Marchand, Torey Krug, and David Pastrnak who combined for 12 points. It was a bad night defensively and in net and the Red Wings will be reeling from this one heading into Thursday. Not the way you want to go out in a nationally televised game.

With all that aside, this was probably the most entertaining game of the season. Next season, the Red Wings should be circling the Bruins on their calendar. Losing to an Original Six team four times in one season is not an okay result by any means.