|Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi (44) and Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) chase the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) |
“It’s not the showing we had looked to come out and give today,” Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
told NESN’s cameras after the game.
Boston came out strong and took an early lead courtesy of a Tyler Seguin
wrist-shot at 1:29 in the first.
Detroit answered on a Bruins turnover in their defensive zone less than five minutes later, but it was B’s winger Brad Marchand
who put the Bruins up 2-1 heading into the first intermission with a power play goal at 12:17.
“It’s unfortunate because we felt pretty good about today’s game, especially after that first period,” Milan Lucic
told NESN. “It’s too bad we couldn’t get the job done.”
Detroit came out firing in the second period, outshooting Boston 19-6 and pushing two pucks behind B’s netminder Tim Thomas
(32 saves) to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
The Bruins never gave up, laying 10 third period shots on Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (23 saves), but weren’t able to overcome the deficit as Detroit scored again at 13:35 in the final frame.
“You want to bounce back and not lose two in a row, but it happened,” said Marchand.
“Now you have to regroup and be ready for the next game. We have a tough schedule coming up here and we can’t dwell on this.”
Boston falls to 3-7-2 against the Western Conference this season and will look to rebound as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs in TD Garden on Tuesday.---Hannah Becker