|Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, left, makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. The Wings defeated the Bruins 6-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
Sunday’s game will be the second in the B’s final home-and-home series of the season. Thus far, the Bruins are 3-0-0 in those games.
“They’re a great team but we weren’t ready at all," Bruins forward Mark Recchi said after the game. "For whatever reason we weren’t sharp from the get-go and that hurt us.
"We know they’re gifted and control the puck, and they did. We didn’t match it.
“We’ll have to be a lot better on Sunday," added the veteran wing. "It was a good eye-opener for us.
"We haven’t had one of these in a while so let’s hope that’s it for a long time again.”
Tonight, the Bruins lacked the speed and physicality to defeat the defensively tight Red Wings veterans.
“I think tonight we watched them because I think we were flat. We weren’t skating tonight,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game.
“We were second on the puck, and even when they had the puck, I just felt that they had lots of times to make plays.
"We were very slow reacting tonight,” he said.
Despite the B’s disappointing outcome tonight, the Black & Gold are happy to have a quick shot at redemption.
“You don’t like to sit around too much," said Recchi. "Sunday, at twelve-thirty, we have to be ready and be a lot different team -- show them what the Boston Bruins are really made of and make a good game of it."
The Boston Bruins, who had been big and bad of late, fell to 3-6-2 against the Western Conference after Friday night's loss. But because the B’s don’t face their Western Conference foes very often, they are a good measuring stick for the Bruins to mark themselves.
That makes Sunday that much more important.
“Obviously they were the better team tonight, but we’re a much better team than what we showed. This is the opportunity that we have, we get another shot at these guys,” Julien said.
“I think it’s important that we go in there and play our game—play a lot better. At least that way, you see where you stand with teams like Detroit.”
“If we play properly, if we play the way the Bruins play and we skate, absolutely. We can turn the tables,” he said.
“You know we have a tough job ahead of us and we’ll be ready for it.”---Hannah Becker