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.
The Bruins have locked up a potential fourth-line piece for next season at a bargain basement price.
The B's signed Rhode Island native and Providence College alum Noel Acciari, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million, a contract that breaks down to a very affordable $725,000 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound bowling ball of a forward finished with two goals and five points in 29 games for the Bruins last season, and has appeared in 48 games at the NHL level over the last two seasons in Boston. It was also encouraging that Acciari seemed to be tapping a bit more into his offense toward the end of the season, and was building some confidence for whatever modest offense he’ll end up bringing to the NHL table once he’s reached his potential ceiling as a player.
Clearly the two-year, one-way deal portends that Acciari, 25, will be counted on as a high energy, hard-hitting fourth-line player who does a good job of aggravating opponents while playing at full tilt. The real question is whether his body can hold up with his maximum effort style of playing, and whether he can avoid serious injuries with some of the car-crash level of violence he puts in his hitting.
Acciari has battled several different injuries over the last couple of seasons, but managed to be healthy enough to log time in the playoffs for both Boston and the P-Bruins.
Either way it’s a low-risk, affordable contract for the Bruins for a young player who, if healthy, will be a large piece on their fourth line as a diligent worker and excellent teammate. So that’s a good proactive signing for Don Sweeney as he continues to work on a more complicated contract for a higher profile player like David Pastrnak.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.
*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.
*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.
*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.
*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?
*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.
*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.
*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.