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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (16-6-2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (11-7-7)

10:15 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 1, DET 6

The Boston Bruins fell to Detroit 6-1 on Wednesday night, due in large to a strong performance in net by Detroit's Jonas Gustavasson who stopped 16 of 17 shots.  The Bruins are back in action on Friday in the Thanksgiving Showdown as they take on the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Bruins got on the board for the first time in tonight's game approximately 30 seconds after the Detroit Red Wings made it 6-0, when Jarome Iginla scooped up a Matt Bartkowski rebound and slipped it past Gustavsson to break up the shutout.  The goals marks Iginla's fifth goal of the year. B's trail 6-1 with 2:25 remaining.

With 11:22 to go in the third period, the Red Wings made it 5-0 when Detroit's Drew Miller converted on a chance on the doorstep for his second goal of the season.

With 13:00 to go in the third period, the Bruins still trail the Red Wings 4-0 as Detroit netminder Jonas Gustavsson remains perfect with ten saves so far this game.  The lone Bruin with more than one shot on net is forward Reilly Smith, who currently has two.

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The Bruins are back in action on Friday in the Thanksgiving Showdown as they take on the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 1:00 p.m.

9:15 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, DET 4

Adam MCQuaid was whistled for elbowing at the 10:50 mark, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill.  The Wings wasted no time tacking on another goal, when under a minute into the two-minute minor, Niklas Kronwall ripped one past Rask to extend Detroit lead to 4-0. The four goal lead by Detroit marks the first time this season the Black & Gold have been down four goals in a game.

Detroit Captain Henrik Zetterberg increased the Red Wings lead to 3-0 when he connected from the middle of the left faceoff circle with a firm wrister with just over 11 minutes to go in the second period.  The goal marks Zetterberg's 11th of the season.

With 13:55 to go in them middle frame, Tomas Tatar doubled the Red Wings lead when he converted on a wrap around attempt, squeaking it by Rask's right skate just a split second before Rask could get to the other side of the net.  The goal marks Tatar's third tally of the season.

8:24 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, DET 1

Boston's Carl Soderberg and Detroit's Daniel Cleary were both assessed minor penalties at 12:54 in the first frame of action yielding two minutes of four-on-four play.  Towards the end of the two minute minor, Bruins blueliner Johnny Boychuk was called for hooking, giving the Red Wings a four-on-three man-advantage for 12 seconds. The Bruins survived the four-on-three, then killed off the five-on-four to escape the situation unscathed. Tuukka Rask played a huge role in killing off the penalties making several key stops, including a one timer from  Daniel Alfredsson from about eight feet out.

Not long after Johan Franzen exited the sin bin for his high-sticking minor (see below), he led an odd-man rush up ice into the Bruins zone up the right wing.  Franzen put a shot on B's goaltender Tuukka Rask, which Rask was initially able to stop, but Justin Abdelkador was able to pick up the rebound to punch it in for his third goal of the year, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 11:49 into the first. Franzen picks up the assists for his 8th of the campaign.

The Bruins got their second power play of the night not long after their previous one expired at the 10:25 mark when Johan Frazen caught Zdeno Chara in the upper body with his stick for a high-sticking minor.  This time around, the Bruins were able to find their rhythm, keeping the puck in the Detroit zone for most of the two-minute minor, registering three shots.  Detroit, however, was able to remain solid defensively, ultimately killing off the penalty to Franzen to keep the B's scoreless.

With 13:41 on the clock in the first period, Detroit's Brendan Smith, brother of Bruins forward Reilly Smith, was called for interference putting the Bruins on their first power play of the game.  The Bruins man-advantage seemed a little disorganized for the two-minute penalty, as the B's were unable to control the puck in the Detroit zone for a majority of the power play, failing to register a shot on goal. Detroit kills off their penalty, making them 86 for 100 on the year.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has missed the last eight games due to injury, was inserted back into the lineup for tonight's game in Detroit, with Kevan Miller as the healthy scratch. Winger Jordan Caron also got the nod from Head Coach Claude Julien, playing in his first game since he appeared against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 18. Shawn Thornton will sit out tonight as the healthy scratch.

7:00 Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-5-2, 1.69 GAA, .943 Save %) vs. Gustavsson (5-0-1, 2.35 GAA, .926 Save %). Rask is 1-2-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .893 save % in four career games against . Gustavsson is 3-4-1 with a 3.35 GAA and .890 save % with one shutout in ten career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME: The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings will meet for the 582nd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 236-247-95-3 record and a 1,749-1,739 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 80-155-52-1 in their 288 lifetime meetings with the Red Wings holding a scoring advantage of 961-728 in those contests. The Bruins are 7-5-3 in their last 15 games against Detroit with a 3-2-1 mark in their last six games at St. Joe Louis Arena.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Entering tonight, forward Reilly Smith and rookie Torey Krug both ride three-game three point streaks with Smith recording 2-1=3 totals and Krug notching 1-2=3 totals during that span.  Krug's seven power play assists this season are tied for first in the NHL among rookies. In the Bruins last game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Smith’s first period goal powered the B’s to a 2-0 lead in the first period and Krug became the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to score an overtime goal with the winner just 34 seconds into the extra session. Krug is the second leading goal scorer for the B’s with 7-8=15 totals for the season thus far. Smith is not far behind, tied for fourth in goals with Zdeno Chara and Loui Eriksson.

STAYING POSITIVE: Coming into tonight’s game the Bruins have four players with a plus-10 rating, three of which are on the Bruins top line. The four players are forwards David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.  The Bruins only have two players with a rating that are even or lower (Zdeno Chara and Jordan Caron)

RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: Detroit as a team is tied for third in the NHL with takeaways at 194 through 26 games this season…Entering tonight, Detroit has sold out 116 consecutive games at Joe Louis Arena. The stretch began on December 19, 2010 when the Red Wings took on the Dallas Stars… Red Wing’s Captain Henrik Zetterberg enters tonight leading Detroit in point production with 28 (10-18), which is also third in the league… Pavel Datsyuk’s 12 goals lead Detroit, while his 23 points rank second on the team.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 12-for-62 (19.4%, 14th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 61-for-71 (85.9%, T-4th NHL)… Red Wings power play: 18-for-82 (22.0%, 6th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 85-for-99 (85.9%, T-4th NHL).

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