DETROIT – The Bruins have always valued Game 3 highly in best-of-seven playoff series since Claude Julien took over coaching duties seven years ago. Boston improved to 14-1 in Game 3’s under Julien with a 3-0 airtight victory over the Detroit Red Wings, and seized control of their best-of-seven series.
The Bruins have allowed just two goals to Detroit in three games, and Tuukka Rask has merely needed to be good behind a Boston defense that simply isn’t allowing the Red Wings to invade the middle portion of the ice. The Wings are also a pathetic 0-for-9 on the power play as an aggressive Bruins penalty kill has blown up their attack by fronting their zone entry attempts.
The Bruins simply finishing things out with a scoreless final 40 minutes after putting together a pair of goals from unusual sources in the first period. Rask was at his best in the second period while making 12 saves, and smothering anything that managed to get past the layers of Bruins defenders.
Dougie Hamilton opened things with a beautiful rush up the right side of the ice on a Boston power play, and rifled a shot over Jimmy Howard’s glove hand before the Detroit netminder could even react to the puck. The Bruins doubled their advantage in the first period while taking advantage of a rarity – a sloppy line change from the Detroit bench on a play right in front of them.
Shawn Thornton had a clear path to the net down the right wing, fired a shot off Howard that created a rebound and Jordan Caron crashed the net for his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal.
Patrice Bergeron scored an empty net goal with 1:59 remaining to cement the victory.