The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings went into their contest Friday heading in opposite directions. Boston was surging, having won 4 of 5 games and scoring 19 goals during the stretch. Meanwhile, Detroit had dropped 7 of its past 12 contests and the most recent defeat, a 4-1 loss to Nashville, had coach Mike Babcock seething about his team's work ethic.
After the Red Wings blasted the Bruins 6-1 on Friday it will be Boston looking to rebound when the two teams meet Sunday at Joe Louis Arena in the NBC NHL "Game of the Week."
"We've got to go to their building and try to redeem ourselves," Mark Recchi told the Boston Herald. "[Sunday] at 12:30, we've got to be ready. We've got to be a lot different team and show them what the Boston Bruins are really made of."
Detroit had just 4 goals in its past 3 games, but the Red Wings found their offense against Bruins backup goalie Tuukka Rask. Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary scored in the opening 3:10 to give the Red Wings a fast start, and Rask was eventually chased after yielding 5 goals on 19 shots in the first two periods.
"We've got to go to their building and try to redeem ourselves. [Sunday] at 12:30, we've got to be ready. We've got to be a lot different team and show them what the Boston Bruins are really made of." -- Mark Recchi
"It was very important for our team to have guys respond," Nicklas Lidstrom told the Detroit News. "We played with a lot more sense of urgency. We wanted to score and it showed going after pucks."
Added David Krejci to the Boston Globe: "They just outplayed us. They were just playing another level of hockey and we just couldn’t keep up with them."
Now the Bruins will have their chance to respond in a rare interconference home-and-home. Both teams continue to lead their respective divisions -- Boston holds a three-point lead over Montreal in the Northeast while Detroit possesses a more comfortable seven-point advantage against Nashville in the Central.
Boston coach Claude Julien cautioned against making any big picture assessments of his team based on the blowout.
"You can't look at this and say, 'Let's compare the two teams,' " Julien told the Herald. "Obviously they were the better team, but we're a much better team than what we showed. ... We were flat. We weren't skating. We were second on the puck. Even when they had the puck, they had lots of time to make plays. We were very slow reacting.
"I don't know if all the emotional games we've played lately caught up to us, but it just seemed like nothing was going to go our way."