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Can The Bruins Bring the Intensity to Detroit? Game Three Preview

Game one Boston Bruins versus game two Boston Bruins were two completely different teams. In game one, the Detroit Red Wings carried the momentum and the win. While game two was 100% all Boston resulting in a 4-1 win. Now the series shifts to Detroit, a place where Boston doesn’t have the best track record. The Bruins haven’t won at The Joe since March 11, 2007 and this season alone lost two games there.

(Credit: Lisa Gansky)

(Credit: Lisa Gansky)

But that’s regular season and the B’s are looking to carry to momentum to Detroit to win a second straight and gain the lead on the series.

The success from game two came heavily on the “big bad Bruins” reputation the team has. When the team is physical and the defense is on par, they have a better chance of scoring. If the Bruins want to win against a very fast Detroit team, they’re going to have to continue the hitting and aggression. Game two also marked the return of Kevan Miller, who logged 19:52 in ice time, with four hits, and two blocked shots.

Tuukka Rask has been spectacular for the B’s stopping 57 of 59 shots in two games for a .966% save percentage.

“I’m just trying to keep my emotions in check, and stay calm out there no matter what the score is,” -Tuukka Rask (CSNNE)

The B’s power play went 2-for-4 on Sunday with the PK going 4-for-4 with Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk leading the time on the PK. Chara notched a power play goal while Boychuk ended the game with four of the Bruins’ 14 blocked shots and was named the Second Star of the Game. Not too shabby for two veteran d-men skating with the young ones.

If all of these factors can continue to be on their A-game then there is no reason why the Bruins shouldn’t be able to get another win against the Red Wings. Detroit is a good team and they are definitely going to come out tonight hungry for a win. But the Bruins know what they have to do to win and they better do it because this is only Round one! 

Injury report:B’s Daniel Paille, Matt Bartkowski, and Chris Kelly will be traveling with the team to Detroit though it’s unknown if they will suit up. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson will be out for the series.

Puck drops at 7:30 tonight and you can check out the action on NBCSN or NESN!


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