BOSTON BRUINS (0-1) VS DETROIT RED WINGS (1-0)
5:52 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, DET 1
BRUINS EVEN THE SERIES: The Bruins and Red Wings will head to Detroit with the series knotted at 1-1, as the B's top Detroit in Game 2 by a score of 4-1. The Black & Gold got goals from Justin Florek, Reilly Smith, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara while receiving another solid game in net by Tuukka Rask, who made 34 saves on 35 shots. The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena with game time set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
BRUINS SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY: Just 17 seconds in the B's first power play of the third period (Detroit's Kyle Quincey, roughing), Zdeno Chara increased the Bruins lead to 4-1 when he punched in a gritty goal out in front of the Detroit crease, five-hole, through Jimmy Howard. The goal is Zee's first of the postseason, with Iginla & Krug picking up the assists, giving each player a multiple point game (two assists).
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday for Game 3 in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
5:01 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, DET 1
BRUINS TACK ON A THIRD: With 1:44 remaining in the second frame, the Bruins got their third goal of the evening on a beautiful give-and-go between Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla on a rush into the Detroit zone, resulting in a goal for Lucic. The goal is Lucic's 23rd career postseason goal and the first of these playoffs. Iginla's assist on the play is his 30th career postseason assist and first of the playoffs with Torey Krug picking up the secondary assist for his first of the playoffs and third of his young postseason career.
DETROIT GETS ON THE BOARD: With 6:40 to go in the second period, Detroit got on the board with the help of the lucky bounce off Luke Glendening on the doorstep, following a wrist shot from Darren Helm. The goal is the first of the playoffs for Glendening, with Helm and Drew Miller earning the assists.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: At 10:55 into the second, The Bruins found themselves down a man for the second time in the period, after killing off an infraction to Loui Eriksson earlier in the period (holding). This time, B's blueliner Kevan Miller was the guilty party, slapped with a two-minute minor for cross-checking. The Bruins PK came up big yet again anchored by strong play from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand who nearly created a scoring chances after forcing a turnover in the Detroit zone.
B'S OUTSHOOTING WINGS: With 12:42 to go in the second period of play, the Bruins continue to outshoot the Detroit Red Wings, with the shot clock currently at 21-16.
4:05 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, DET 0
GAME 2 GETTING CHIPPY: WIth 1:12 to go, following a Bruins rush on net, Brad Marchand and Tomas Tartar were both involved in some post-whistle scuffling, earning themselves each roughing minors. Dougie Hamilton also was slapped with a two-minute minor for roughing for his actions following the whistle in the Detroit zone. Prior to the whistle, Danny Dekeyser was issued a slashing minor. All the penalties cancelled each other out, so even strength play by both teams resumed. At the conclusion of the first, there was yet again more pushing and shoving, this time yielding roughing minors to Zdeno Chara and Detroit's Brendan Smith. Both players will begin the second frame of action in the sin bin.
SMITTY SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY: With 10:06 to go the Bruins had a 21-second five-on-three advatange after penalties to Detroit's Jakub Kindl (interference) and Danny Dekeyser (slashing). The Bruins were unable to score on the five-on-three, but wasted little time scoring on the five-on-four when Reilly Smith picked up his first goal of his NHL postseason career punching in the B's second goal of the contest from the doorstep. Loui Eriksson & Patrice Bergeron pick up the assists for work on the goal, earning their first helpers/points of the postseason.
FLOREK GETS THE B'S ON THE BOARD: With 12:32 to go on the clock, Justin Florek, playing in just his second NHL playoff game, was able to get the Bruins on the board for his first NHL postseason goal & point when he fired a puck past Jimmy Howard who was out of position after playing a puck out in front of the crease. Huge goal for the young Bruin, giving the Black & Gold their first goal/lead of the series.
BRUINS KILL OFF PENALTY, GO ON THE POWER PLAY: At 1:32 into the first period, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton was called for holding, sending the PK unit to work for the first time in today's matchup. With 11 seconds to go on the Thornton penalty, Detroit's Tomas Tartar was penalized for hooking on Zdeno Chara. The Bruins managed to kill off the two minutes to Thornton, sending their power play unit to the ice to look for their first goal of the series. The Bruins however, were unable to register a shot during the man-advantage and lost a few too many puck battles in the attacking zone allowing Detroit to kill off the penalty.
2:40 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET (GAME 2)
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (0-1, 1.02 GAA, .958 Save %) vs. Howard (1-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Save %). In 36 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 21-15 record with a 2.12 GAA & .930 save % with three shutouts. In 43 NHL playoff games, Howard has accrued a 21-22 record with a 2.51 GAA & .919 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their 35th postseason matchup this afternoon. The Black & Gold have racked up a 19-15 lifetime playoff record against Detroit, with the Red Wings holding a 99-96 scoring edge. In 17 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 10-7 record against Detroit with a 43-40 scoring advantage on home ice.
BLACK & GOLD SEASON RECAP: The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, earning the NHL’s best regular season record at 54-19-9 for 117 points. The 54 victories tied the second highest mark in team history and the 117 points were the third most in club annals. The Bruins did not have more than a two-game winless streak during the regular season, which was the first time that has occurred since the 1939-40 campaign. Boston’s 31-7-3 record at home (second most home wins in franchise history) was a league best, while their 21-12-6 record on the road ranked fourth overall in the NHL.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Bruins will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin & NESN color commentator, Andy Brickley, will serve as today’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 2 against Detroit.
PLAYOFF FIRSTS: Seven players played in their first NHL postseason game during Friday night’s contest against the Red Wings – Boston’s Corey Potter, Reilly Smith and Justin Florek and Detroit’s Riley Sheehan, Tomas Tartar, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening all skated in their first playoff action.
SIBLING RIVALRLY: Reilly Smith faced his brother Brendan Smith in Game 1 on Friday evening, becoming the sixth Bruin to face a sibling in a playoff series and the first since Phil (Boston) and Tony (Chicago) Esposito faced in the 1975 Preliminary Series.
207 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 18, the Boston Bruins have reached 207 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard shut out the B’s in Game 1, marking his third career playoff shutout and 21st postseason win… Friday’s 1-0 win over Boston marked Head Coach Mike Babcock’s 79th career playoff win, putting himself three postseason victories shy of Toe Blake for eighth on the all-time playoff coaching wins list (82)… With Detroit advancing to this year’s playoffs, it marks the 23rd straight season they have qualified for the playoffs, which dates back to 1991.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 0-for-1 (0.0%, T-11th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 2-for-2 (100.0%, T-1st NHL)… Red Wings power play: 0-for-2 (0.0%, T-11th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 1-for-1 (100.0%, T-1st NHL).