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Thanksgiving Showdown live blog

Friday, 11.25.2011 / 12:13 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

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Thanksgiving Showdown live blog
Shawn Roarke blogs live from TD Garden in Boston for the Red Wings-Bruins Thanksgiving Showdown.
Detroit wins shootout 2-1. Wins game 3-2

6th shot: Bertuzzi, good
5th shot: Horton, good
4th shot: Hudler, no good
3rd shot: Peverley, no good
2nd shot: Datsyuk, scores
1st shot: Seguin, no good

End of overtime

5:00
Overtime was a wild affair as the teams traded chances back and forth, but only managed three shots combined. Boston's defenders pinched wildly -- McQuaid was behind goal line on Forecheck, Dennis Seidenberg pinched to cause a scoring opportunity and Zdeno Chara Tried a wraparound of all things -- and Detroit tried to score on the counters. Nothing worked, though, and we will go to a shootout.

End of third period

20:00
The last five minutes were a whirl. Boston had a few chances to win. Zdeno Chara and a helmet-less Pavel Datsyuk had a battle the length of the ice and Tuukka Rask denied a Tomas Holmstrom wrister with 10 seconds remaining. For the second-straight game, Boston has erased a third-period deficit to steal a point. The teams go for the bonus point now.


14:34
What an entertaining end to this game. Everything has picked up. The hitting is harder, the passing crisper, the goaltending more desperate. Final 5-plus minutes could be epic. Shots are 38-25 for Boston, who has had a dominant third period.

11:48
Bruins are swarming now. Patrice bergeron just had a big check on the foreecheck and the two-man forecheck is giving Detroit troubles. But, Wings have been repeatedly dangerous on the counter attack. It has been a fascinating contrast of styles here, making a great game.

7:52 Patrice Bergeron just turned the tide of the game all by himself. He picked henrik zetterberg's pocket in the attacking-zone faceoff circle and his quick-release writer took Jimmy Howard by surprise to tie the game. That play really defines who bergeron is. He will never be a 90-point guy, but he will put up big points in clutch situatIons and most of them will be rooted in a defensive play. BOS 2, DET 2.

6:17
The Bruins kill the penalty without much difficulty, but they have to re-discover their attack if they want to get the score even here. DEtroit is really starting to clamp down on the transition game.

3:38
Dennis Seidenberg just caught Cory Emmerton with a knee-on-knee hit in the neutral zone. Emmerton looks like he will be OK and Detroit is going on its third PP of the day. Things are gettiung a bit fiesty here at the Garden as well.

0:00
The odds are long for the Bruins to stretch their win streak to 11 games. They are just 2-5-0 when trailing after 40 minutes, although one of those wins came Wednesday night against Buffalo. More talling, perhaps is that Detroit is 9-0-1 when leading after 40.

End of second period

20:00
The second period ends as Boston had a couple of chances late in the second period. Detroit was far better in this period and their willingness to battle more for the puck led to a couple of unsuccesful power plays. It should be a very interesting third period. DET 2, BOS 1

13:11
Now, it is a Bruins penalty as David Krejci takes a hooking penalty on Pavel Datsyuk in the neutral zone. Krejci was trying to harass datsyuk, who was attacking a Boston defender without a stick. The defenseman's stick had broken while takinga shot and Datsyuk had claimed the losse puck.

12:21
That was a shortlived power play as Tmas Holmstrom takes a holding penalty in the offensive zone for grabbing on to Dennis Seidenberg in the corner.

11:38
Rich Peverley takes a retaliatory slashing penalty against Jonathan Ericsson after some jousting around the crease of Jimmy Howard. Detroit is really coming hard now and gets its first run with the man advantage. They have one of the best PP's in the game.

9:41
Danny Pialle is out of the game for now. He's headed back to the room after being hit heavily by Brad Stuart soon after Paille scored the goal. REd wings coach mike Babcock has to be really pleased with the way Todd Bertuzzi is playing in this game. Not only does he have a sweet assist on the Pavel Datsyuk goal, but he is playing well at both ends of the ice.

4:39
The answer was a short time in coming. On the very next rush, Pavel Datsyuk showed his silky moves when he took a pass from Todd Bertuzzi and was able to fish the puck out of his skates just outside the crease and still beat Tuukka Rask to the far post. Bertuzzi's pass was a beauty through the Boston defender. Detroit has two goals on just nine shots. DET 2, BOS 1

4:05
Turnovers continue to plague the Red Wings and Boston finally capitalizes as daniel Paille tucks one under Ji9mmy Howard after Nathan Horton claims a loose puck from Jonathan Ericsson in the corner. BOS 1, DET 1

1:20
Niklas Kronwall just made a greaty play on a 2-on-1 rush with Brad Marchand holding the puck. Using body position, Kronwall forced Marchand into a less-than-desired shooting position and then intercepted the pass when Marchand identified the trailing Bruin on  the play. kronwall is an underrated defenseman in my opinion

End of First period

20:00 Bruins had more trouble establishing on the second PP, but got a few good chances late. The shots in the first period ended with Detroit leading 1-0, despite being out-shot, 13-6.

17:34 The Chris Kelly line has been strong all period and they just drew the second penalty by Detroit in the period. This time  it is Jiri Hudler going for a hooking infraction in the neutral zone. Bruins are 0-for-1 on PP today.

12:43 Detroit strikes first on the counter-attack. The Bruins were dominating play and feating on turnovers, but got caught going the wrong way as Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula played a bit of give and go into the Bruins zone before Filppula scored against Tuukka Rask. It was just Detroit's third shot of the game. It is really amazing how many playmakers the Red Wings have.

10:35 Boston  has great chance but nathan Horton can't bury the rebound of a Zdeno Chara slapper. Good looking PP by Bruins, who dominated zone time and moved puck crisply.

8:46 Bruins draw game's first power play as some Chris Kelly hustle forces Jonathan Ericsson to take an interference penalty in the defensive zone.

8:03
Boston leads in the shot department by a 5-2 margin at this point, but just are starting to show signs of waking up. The big hit Andrew Ference just dropped on Danny Cleary should help in that department. DJ doing his part, too, playing Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis.


4:33
Valtteri Filppula just had a great chance for Detroit, but fired a bit wide. Earlier this week, NHL.com's Brian Hedger had a feature about Filppula's move to the wing and how it has forced him to shoot more. The benefits were evident there as he got behind the Boston D.

1:48
Boston's Tyler Seguin is a completely different player than he was last year. He uses his speed with confidence now. On his first shift, he took on three Detroit defenders and still got a quality shot off for the game's first good scoring chance.

1:19 p.m.
We're underway here.

1:17 p.m. Detroit just announced its scratches and Mike Commodore and Patrick Eaves will not be in the lineup. Commodore, a big-name free-agent signing for the Wings, has not been able to crack the lineup on a regular basis as he battled injUries at the start of the season.

1:15 p.m.
Lights just went down and they have a holiday themed opening on the Jumbotron being rolled out. Some snowflakes and some Christmas music with some highlights. Bruins are not in Christmas spirit through much of it -- big hits, julien giving the ref the what-for, fights all includede with some good goals and some huge saves. Quality piece of work, I must say.

1:05 p.m. A little Black Friday by Steely Dan is some inspired spinning by the Graden DJ as the Zambonis finish their ice-cleaning duties. We are just minutes from faceoff here now. Boston is going with the same lineup as against Buffalo, meaning Jordan Caron and Steve Kampfer are the scratches. Tuukka Rask and not Tim Thomas is in goal, however.

12:53 p.m.
In the first surprise of the day, the Bruins have decided to go with Tuukka Rask as the starting goalie. It was widely speculated that Tim Thomas would be the guy between the pipes, but Claude Julien has decided his backup will be the one to try to lead the Bruins to their 11th straight win. Jim Howrd will start for the Red Wings.

12:43 p.m.
It's been more than five months since I have been here in the Garden press box, but little has changed -- other than the references to thye Stanley Cup championship the team won in June. The team just took the ice for warmups to Thunderstruck by AC/DC, it's good to see that the Aussies are still heavy in the music rotation. I also expect to hear a fair bit of Dropkick MurphYs before the afternoon is complete.

12:35 p.m.
Welcome to TD Garden, site of today's Thanksgiving Showdown between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Woings, which will be aired on NBC. I can't think of a better way to spend Black Friday. Even my wife -- and kids -- have opted for the game instead of trying to hit the malls today. In fact, there aqre a ton of families in attendance today as the Garden hosts its annual day-after-Thanksgiving matinee. It will provide for a bit of a different atmosphere than a typical Garden game, but still should be an unforgettable day. The teams will be taking the ice for warmups in a few minutes.

Quote of the Day

I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being drafted by the Coyotes