BOSTON -- The Bruins went to their second straight shootout Friday . . . but, unlike Wednesday night in Buffalo, couldn't extend their winning streak.
Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings in the shootout to give Detroit a 3-2 win at TD Garden, Boston's first loss after 10 straight victories.
Patrice Bergeron tied the game at 2-2 nearly eight minutes into the third period. His forecheck caused Henrik Zetterberg to lose the puck in his own zone, and Bergeron picked it up in the left circle and quickly snapped a shot past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead into the third period, thanks to Datsyuk's quick response to the Bruins' first goal of the game.
With the Bruins trailing 1-0, Daniel Paille scored at 4:05 of the second period after Wings goalie Jimmy Howard coughed up the puck behind his own goal line. It ended up on the stick of Nathan Horton, who put a quick pass out front to a wide-open Paille.
Datsyuk, however, put Detroit up 2-1 just 35 seconds later. In a goal that was awfully similar to the Red Wings' first of the game, Datsyuk came streaking down the middle of the ice, inside the Bruins' zone and received a pass from Bertuzzi, who controlled the puck along the right half-wall. Datsyuk found himself all alone and cut across the crease to the left post and beat Rask with a whole lot of patience.
The Red Wings scored the first goal of the game and went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Valtteri Filppula's finish on a give-and-go with Zetterberg.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.