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Monday, February 14, 2011
Well the good news is that the next time the Boston Bruins could see the Detroit Red Wings is in the Stanley Cup Finals
Well I'm tired of seeing the Detroit Red Wings skate circles around the Boston Bruins, how about you?
While it certainly wasn't as embarrassing as Friday night's steaming turd at the TD Garden, the Bruins' visit to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit yesterday afternoon had the same end result: a loss for the Black and Gold.
Detroit (34-16-6) won 4-2, erasing Boston's (31-18-7) 2-1 lead and sending the Bruins home humbled by the Western Conference's second best team. The only good news is that they won't see each other again this season, except if they meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Haha, and if the Bs make the Finals, we have absolutely nothing to complain about and we'll cross that bridge when we have to.
After sitting for two games to get his head right, Tyler Seguin scored at 1:29 of the first period (his ninth of the season). Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder assisted on the rookie's nice work in front of Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (23 saves).
Todd Bertuzzi is a bum against virtually every other team in the NHL but not against the Bs when he looks like a world-beater. Bertuzzi had four goals over the two games against the Bruins.
He continued his hot streak, tying it at 6:09 of the first period after Brad Marchand had a terrible giveaway in his own end. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (32 saves) had no chance since he was hung out to dry.
Marchand atoned for his gaffe with a power-play goal at 12:17 of the first period (his 16th of the season) from Ryder and Mark Recchi.
Detroit never seems to be rattled, perhaps its because of their endless supply of talent they can keep rolling over the boards. Pavel Datsyuk tied it up at 3:54 of the second period (from Brian Rafalski and Jiri Hudler).
Kris Draper, who has to be about 80 years old, put the Red Wings ahead for good at 12:44. Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm assisted on Draper's goal when he broke loose and Eaves found him through the seam.
Bertuzzi scored his second goal, in the third period at 13:35 and that was that. Johan Franzen and Henrik Zatterberg assisted on Bertuzzi's second tally.
Boston has a good chance to right the ship on Tuesday as they host the hapless Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel.