With a 2-1 series lead against the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins look to stick to their game plan and continue reaping the benefits from it. Detroit is a speedy and skilled team, but after dropping the first game to a Datsyukian goal, they’ve righted the ship and been steam rolling since.
The Bruins hadn’t won in Joe Louis arena since March 11, 2007, that is until last night. Heading into the arena, they knew what was at hand but chose not to focus on it:
“It’s going to be difficult in Detroit, and we know they’re going to try and bounce back,” said Bergeron. “We need to match that. We shouldn’t be thinking about [struggles at Joe Louis Arena]. It’s about making sure we turn that around [on Tuesday].
He then went on to say;
“It’s going to be a tight series, and a tough series. We’re expecting them to bounce back. We can’t start thinking about the building that we’re playing in. Obviously it’s about bringing our game that we brought out for Game 2.”(via CSNNE)
Tuesday night’s meeting brought one of great skill and preparedness from the Bruins squad. From Dougie Hamilton netting in a rebound early on in the first period to Jordan Caron’s speedy legs and quick thinking off of the bench at the tail end of the first. They were playing quick, clean and smart hockey and it won them the game.
Defensively, they’re doing everything right. They have held Detroit to just two goals through the course of three games and kept them 0-for-9 with their penalty kill. They’re not giving them any room to breath and it’s shutting them down. Providing they can continue to play to their strengths, they should shut down Detroit altogether in no time.
Tonight, the Bruins need to put forward the same amount of effort as they did in games 2 and 3 and build off of that. They need to be mentally prepared and focused on the game at hand, then they can begin taking necessary preparations for a series against long-time rival Montreal Canadiens.