Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins losing to the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 at Joe Louis Arena:
1) Semi-scary play as Daniel Clearly drives Johnny Boychuk’s head into the boards on a puck retrieval play. Boychuk puts Cleary in a headlock as both players stay down on the ice, and the B’s defenseman managed to get up and keep playing. Still, it was a scary-looking sequence.
2) Claude Julien mixes up lines to start the third period, but this isn’t about sparking the lines. Bruins just didn’t show up to play in Detroit. It’s that simple.
3) Tough night for Dougie Hamilton: a minus-2 and two giveaways with zero shots on net. He was caught deep behind the Detroit net on the Wings’ first goal, and then was mesmerized by Gustav Nyquist in the defensive zone before he set up Henrik Zetterberg for a one-timer. He’s been good lately, so it should be easy to shake off as another lesson for the second year player.
4) Bruins third line has been pretty rough in their own end at points the past few weeks, and that was the case against Detroit. Minus-3 for the Big Swede, Carl Soderberg.
5) Jarome Iginla spoiled the shutout with 2:25 to go. The only positive of the evening.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Red Wings 4-0 after 40 minutes:
1) Bruins standing around and watching, chasing the puck and offering little resistance against a Red Wings team that’s buzzing all around them. A very un-Bruins effort from the Black and Gold. It really looks like there’s very little attitude or swagger from the team, and that’s not much of a surprise given who the coaching staff subtracted from the lineup.
2) We’ve seen the B’s third line on the ice for a few more goals-against in the past few weeks, and that happened again as they watched Tomas Tatar skate through their entire defense before wrapping it around the far post. Chris Kelly offered a little resistance near center ice, and then he didn’t get touched again on a meandering trip to the net.
3) Two giveaways, a minus-2 rating and zero shots on net for Dougie Hamilton, who has made mental and physical mistakes all over the ice. He was caught deep in the Detroit on the Wings first goal, and then seemed mesmerized by Gustav Nyquist on Henrik Zetterberg’s one-timer. He’s played very well lately, so perhaps the second year defenseman was due for something like this.
4) Tough night for Matt Bartkowski as well. He might be headed back to healthy scratch status as the Bruins defensemen are getting back toward full health. I’m sure the B’s coaching staff would love to plug Kevan Miller back in the lineup as well, and perhaps they will.
5) Tuukka Rask might hold some of the blame on the Tatar goal, but otherwise this is about the players in front of him not getting the job done. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Chad Johnson in there for the third period
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Red Wings 1-0 after the first 20 minutes:
1) Shawn Thornton scratched again in favor of Jordan Caron for the second time in the last two weeks. It’s clearly being done for two reasons: to keep Caron sharp and because some teams don’t fight all that often. The Red Wings are one of those teams, but I still think the Bruins are a better team with Thornton in the lineup rather than Caron. Messing with a fourth line that’s been playing really well doesn’t make sense to me.
2) Patrice Bergeron got turned around while rotating back to a defensive position on a Red Wings rush up the ice, and got turnstiled by Johan Franzen on an odd man rush up the ice. It eventually led to a Justin Abdelkader goal on a fortunate bounce of the puck, but Bergeron is struggling a bit lately. Counting tonight, he is scoreless in his past six games with a minus-2 rating and kind of invisibility is very un-Bergeron-like.
3) Three shots on net and an assist in the first period for Johan Franzen, who was the best player on the ice skating with plenty of jump. Detroit needed somebody to step up with Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi out of the lineup, and it looks like he’s done it.
4) Pretty good period for Tuukka Rask with 10 saves, including a good stretch where he stopped a Niklas Kronwall point shot from middle area, and then smothered a Justin Abdelkader rebound chance as Adam McQuaid was pushing him down to the ice. McQuaid is playing with some pretty good nasty in his first game back.
5) 15-of-25 face-off wins for the Bruins, so at least they have that going for them.