BRUINS BEAT WINGS: With tonight's 4-1 victory, the Bruins improve to 2-0 and snap Detroit's two-game win streak as they fall to 2-1. Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron and Zdeno Chara all contribute goals tonight, which marked the first of the season for each player. Tuukka Rask also earns his second win with tonight's victory and his first ever a victory against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday, October 10 as they take on the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.
CHARA FLIPS ONE PAST HOWARD: Zdeno Chara provided the B's some more breathing room with 7:43 left to play when he received a slick pass from Torey Krug in the slot. Chara then deked backhand, forehand then back to backhand, flipping it past Howard to give the Bruins a 4-1 cushion. Great show of stick handling by big Z. Milan Lucic (2) was also credited with an assist on the play. The goal marked the second power play of the night for the Black & Gold and gives both Krug (1-1) and Lucic (0-2) multiple point games.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: With 13:27 remaining in the third period the Bruins got another power play opportunity when Detroit's Danny Dekeyser was called for interference. The Bruins had a much stronger power play this time around, keeping the puck in the Detroit zone for a majority of the man advantage. The best chance came when Jarome Iginla ripped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that Chara scooped up quickly and fired back on net, but the Red Wing's Jimmy Howard was able to cover it up.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday, October 10 as they take on the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
8:50 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 3, DET 1
TEAMS TRADE POWER PLAY CHANCES: B's forward David Krejci was whistled for hooking at 13:45 into the second period putting the Bruins on penalty kill for this first time tonight. Entering tonight's matchup, Detroit was 0-6 on the power play, while the Bruins were 5-5 on the penalty kill. The B's were able to hold off the Detroit power play, keeping the puck out of the zone for much of the PK, killing off the penalty to Krejci unscathed. Not long after even-strength play resumed, the Bruins went on the power play when Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi was sent to the box on a hooking penalty. But the Bruins were unable to sustain as much pressure as their previous power play opportunity, keeping the score at 3-1.
CARON PUTS B'S UP 3-1: Jordan Caron notched his first goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead at 7:58 into the second period. Caron was able to put the puck past Howard from the right faceoff circle, beating the Detroit goaltender glove-side. Earning assists on the play were defenseman Adam McQuaid (1) and forward Reilly Smith(1). Solid all-around hockey on the play from all involved in the play.
MARCHAND & ABDELKADOR COLLIDE: Shortly after Brad Marchand's goal (see below), Justin Abdelkador and Marchand collided, leaving Marchand a little shaken up on the play. After a few minutes on the ice, Marchand was able to skate off on his own power to the back Bruins bench, where he headed down the tunnel. Head Coach Claude Julien had Reilly Smith jump a line to fill in Marchand's spot on the Bergeron line for a shift before Marchand eventually made his way back to the Bruins bench.
MARCHAND SCORES: Brad Marchand wasted little time getting the Bruins going in the second period firing a wrister from the left faceoff dot, beating Jimmy Howard, giving him his first goal of the season and the Bruins their second lead of the evening. Johnny Boychuk was credited with the assist on the play for his first of the season.
7:49 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, DET 1
BOSTON OUTSHOOTING DETROIT: Despite heading into the second period tied 1-1, the Bruins are outshooting the the Red Wings, 14-5. Leading the way for the Black & Gold is Torey Krug who has registered three shots on net, as well as Johnny Boychuk and David Krejci who have recorded two shots apiece. Justin Abdelkader leads the Red Wings with two shots on goal heading into the second period.
ZETTERBERG TIES IT: Detroit Captain Henrik Zetterberg knotted the game back up in the closing minutes the first frame, when he scooped up a rebound that ricocheted roughly ten feet away from the B's net then quickly ripped it past Tuukka Rask from the inside the left circle. Earning assists on the play were Justin Abdelkader (1) and Pavel Datsyuk (1).
KRUG CONVERTS: With 11:04 remaining in the first period, the Bruins went on the power play when Detroit's Niklas Kronwall went to the box for holding. Just 14 seconds into the power play chance for the Bruins, Torey Krug unleashed a bomb from up top beating Howard top shelf over his right shoulder to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. When the Garden HDX above center-ice replayed the goal it elicited a loud "Kruuuuug" call from the crowd. That goal marks Krug's first regular season NHL goal after notching four goals in his first five postseason games in 2013. Earning assists on the play were Milan Lucic (1) and David Krejci (2). Also key on the goal was Zdeno Chara who was camped out in front of the net as Krug unleashed the slapper, limiting Howards vision of the puck to give it the chance it needed to get through.
6:40 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .970 Save %) vs. Howard (2-0-0, 1.47 GAA, .933 Save %). Rask is 0-1-1 with a 4.00 GAA and .860 save % in two career games against Detroit. Howard is 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .947 save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS DETROIT LIFETIME: The B’s and Wings will meet for the 580th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 235-246-95-3 record and a 1,743 to 1,735 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 155-91-43-2 in their 291 lifetime games against the Red Wings in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 1,015-774 in those contests. In their last four meetings, the Bruins are winless at 0-3-1, with their last win over Detroit coming on November 29, 2009. In their last 13 meetings, the Bruins have a 6-4-3 record over Detroit.
BRUINS RATINGS ON NESN A HIT: NESN’s coverage of Thursday night’s Bruins season opening win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was the second highest rated regular season game in NESN history with a 9.0 average household rating in the Boston DMA (15 share). NESN’s best regular season game rating ever was last season’s opener against the New York Rangers on January 19, 2013 when NESN garnered 9.4 HH rating (17 share).
KELLY’S PENALTY SHOT MARKS AN NHL FIRST: Forward Chris Kelly was awarded a penalty shot during Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay, which he converted on, giving the B’s their first goal of the 2013-14 season. The goal was Kelly’s first career penalty shot as well as the first successful penalty shot by a Bruin since Brad Marchand scored on Washington’s Braden Holtby on March 5, 2013. Kelly’s goal marked not only the first penalty shot taken by a Bruin in a season-opening game in the club’s history, but according to Elias Sports Bureau, the first time in NHL history that a team has scored their first goal of a season on a penalty shot as well.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The first celebration game will take place on Monday, October 14 vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
THIRD EPISODE OF BEHIND THE B SET FOR MONDAY, 10/21: The third episode of the Bruins all-access television series Behind The B presented by Alex and Ani will air on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN. Episodes two and three as well as exclusive extras can be viewed on the Bruins mobile app and on BostonBruins.com.
166 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins have sold out 166 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: The Detroit Red Wings enter tonight’s matchup 2-0-0 after winning their season opener against Buffalo on October 2 and Carolina on October 4… Johan Frazen (0-2), Niklas Kronwall (0-2) and Henrik (1-1) Zetterberg (1-1) enter tonight leading Detroit with two points apiece… Kronwall leads the NHL coming into tonight with a plus-5 rating… Zetterberg enters this evening’s matchup ranked second in the NHL in shots on goal with 14, including the 10 he recorded in last night’s game vs. Carolina… Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard has recorded three shutouts in his last seven regular season games.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 0-for-3 (0.00%, T-15th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 5-for-5 (100.0%, T-1st NHL)… Red Wings power play: 0-for-3 (0.00%, T-15th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 7-for-7 (100.0%, T-1st NHL).