Bruins drop second straight to Red Wings, 4-2

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Bruins drop second straight to Red Wings, 4-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

DETROIT The Bruins came out of the chute Sunday with plenty of jump, physicality and verve, as they were ready to avenge Friday nights embarrassing loss to the Red Wings. But they faded as the game moved along and once again had difficulty slowing down the skilled, surgeon-like Wings in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the historic Joe Louis Arena."They played really tight in the defensive zone and the neutral zone," said Bruins wingerMilan Lucic, who was kept off the score sheet and off the 'hit chart'. "You definitely have to work really hard to get your chances, and that's what's made them a good hockey club for a long time here."We felt really good before the game and in the first period, and it's just too bad we couldn't get the job done."Todd Bertuzzi scored the backbreaker for the Wings with less than six minutes to go in the third period, giving Detroit a resounding home-and-home sweep of the Bs.There were some good things going on for the Bruins as Tyler Seguin responded with a goal minutes into the game, and both Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder played with some energy and effectiveness. But Patrice Bergerons line was once again neutralized by the Wings, and there was nothing from key offensive players like Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.A Brad Marchand mistake in front of Tim Thomas during a line change led to a Todd Bertuzzi goal, and a neutral zone breakdown by Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg led to the game-winning strike for Kris Draper in the second period. Marchand scored a power-play goal in the second to make amends for his early game mistake, but the Bruins couldnt generate much offense after a good first period.They were outshot 19-5 in the second period. That period sucked momentum out of the Bruins and couldnt find a way to reignite the flame. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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