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Bruins use big second period to defeat Red Wings

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins scored three times in the second period, and goaltender Tuukka Rask made nine of his 22 saves in the third period in a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Saturday.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins (8-7-1), who won for the second time in eight homes games (2-5-1).

Boston had lost three of its previous four games overall, including Thursday when it squandered a 2-0 lead against the Colorado Avalanche at home before losing 3-2.

Coach Claude Julien liked how the Bruins handled playing with the lead against the Red Wings.

"I think our compete level was good tonight, our effort," Julien said. "And like I said, every team in this league is good, so you can't expect your team to dominate for 60 minutes. But I think overall we played well and we got the lead, and when it was time to defend, we defended well. No doubt those power plays in the third period gave them some life and some momentum. So I think our guys did a good job of reacting to that."

Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 28 saves, and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Red Wings (8-8-1), who lost for the third time in their past four games.

"I've always said it, and we always believe, when you put yourself down a couple goals against good teams, most nights you're not going to come back on them," Abdelkader said. "[We're] struggling a bit to score goals. I thought we had chances, some posts, some crossbars, and they'll eventually start going in. But in the meantime, we can't give up great chances, or 2-on-1s, or breakaways, stuff like that."

Bergeron put Boston ahead 1-0 with a yeoman's effort, skating end to end and tapping in a rebound of his own shot from behind Mrazek at 7:18.

"I lost it in the air, and then, you know, someone just put it in the net," Mrazek said. "That shouldn't go in and the game would be different."

Krejci scored on a wrist shot high to the glove side for a 2-0 lead at 11:10. Forward Loui Eriksson gathered the puck at the Boston blue line and hit Krejci with a pass in stride at the red line.

The Bruins took a 3-0 lead to the second intermission because of Krug's first goal of the season. Forward Brad Marchand won a battle for the puck at the Boston blue line against Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg. After skating end to end against defenseman Mike Green, Marchand cut to the net and hit Krug with a backhand pass, and the defenseman buried a one-timer at 17:00.

During a power play, Abdelkader beat Rask with a backhand at the end of a 3-on-2 off a feed from Niklas Kronwall at 6:37 of the third period.

The Red Wings held the territorial edge for most of the third period and outshot the Bruins 10-7.

"I think tonight it was tough from the beginning, but I think we found a way to kind of stay in the game [after] the first," Zetterberg said. "They got the goals, we didn't, and we've just got to somehow create a little bit more chances 5-on-5."

The Bruins have won five in a row against the Red Wings. They had more jump at the start against Detroit, which lost 3-2 at home to the San Jose Sharks on Friday. It took the Red Wings 6:59 to get their first shot on goal.

Boston outshot Detroit 12-5 in the first period, but neither team scored.

"I came in here, I thought we had a good first period," Julien said. "Sometimes it's one of those games where you know you're going to have to grind it out. And we had talked about their forecheck and how they send two players on each D. And their third guy takes your centerman away and their Ds are pinching the walls on both sides. So they're basically man-on-man in the forecheck.

"So there wasn't going to be that many pretty breakouts tonight, and we acknowledged that before the game even started. But what we needed to be was really strong on the walls. We had to bypass the Ds ... bypass his partner and create that battle high and have your centerman come underneath to support. I thought our board work was really good in that first. I thought our neutral zone was really good in that first."

Detroit will visit the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Boston's homestand continues against the Sharks on Tuesday.

Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris on Friday.

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