Talking points from B's loss to Red Wings

Talking points from B's loss to Red Wings
November 27, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Niklas Kronwall beats Tuukka Rask for a goal in the second period.

(AP Photo)

GOLD STAR: With Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi both out of the lineup with injuries, the Red Wings needed some players to step up. Johan Franzen did just that by setting up Detroit’s first goal in the first period, while turning around Patrice Bergeron on a rush up the right wing, and setting up a goal for Justin Abdelkader. Franzen finished with three assists and a plus-3 in 16:36 of ice time, along with three shots on net and a couple of registered hits. Best of all Franzen was playing with a high motor for all three periods, which really showed up a Bruins team that didn’t show up in Detroit.

BLACK EYE: This could have gone to any number of players on the Bruins roster, but on this night it might have to be Dougie Hamilton. The 20-year-old has been pretty good lately, but he was far from good against the Red Wings. He was caught way behind the Detroit net on the game’s first goal, and forced Patrice Bergeron to cover for him at the end of a shift as he was trying to get off the ice. Then he got caught watching Gustav Nyquist on the Wings’ third goal as he set up Henrik Zetterberg for a one-timer. No shots on net, three giveaways and a minus-2 in a forgettable night for the second year player.

TURNING POINT: Three goals allowed in 3:56 in the second period when the roof absolutely caved in on the Black and Gold. They simply lost their composure once it started getting away from them, and had zero fight to try and claw their way back into the game. Nobody touched Tomas Tartar once he skated into the offensive zone on the wraparound for the second goal, and Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara did a lot of running around on the Henrik Zetterberg score. The roof finally caved in completely on the Detroit power play score that officially blew the Bruins out of the water.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tomas Tatar only played 13:14 of ice time and only put two shots on net, but made it all count. His rush from center ice ended with a wraparound goal when nobody touched him in the B’s defensive zone, and he helped set up another of the backbreaking goals in the second period with his speed and tenacity. That was in direct contrast to a Bruins team that basically rolled over and played dead in the second period, and stayed that way for the rest of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3:56 – the amount of time it took the Red Wings to score three goals in the second period.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think we were a little too complacent out there. There’s no doubt about that. Hopefully this is one of those wakeup call-type games that forces us to shift into a higher gear.” –Bruins coach Claude Julien to NESN following the game.