DETROIT – It appeared to a pretty good fit for Dougie Hamilton when he slipped on the Johnny Bucyk “Old Time Hockey” jacket following a solid performance in Boston’s 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Game 3 of their best-of-seven playoff series.
The precocious B’s defenseman probably could have had a hat trick in the first period of Boston’s Game 3 triumph, but instead relied on an impressive power play goal that opened the scoring. Hamilton saw an opening after Detroit was whistled for too many men on the ice in the first period, and he carried the puck straight up the right side of the ice without opposition.
Hamilton snapped off a shot from the right circle before any Detroit defenders could stand the second-year defenseman up, and his shot rocketed up and over the glove hand of a frozen Jimmy Howard. The goal arrived after Hamilton had already ripped a shot off the far post after a Pavel Datsyuk turnover, and very nearly had a pair of scoring chances in other shift in the first period.
“We knew it was the first period in their building and they were going to come out hard, and we just wanted to push against that a little bit,” said Hamilton. “I was just trying to keep a good gap, and two pucks came and I was trying to make good plays with them. We’re just trying to get shots early.
“It was just nice to get one [goal]. When we’re moving our feel and pressuring them, it allows us to have more time and space to force them into making mistakes. I just tried to take it in and make a play, and then I saw a shot opening up [on Jimmy Howard].”
Things slowed down for Hamilton offensively after his scoring busted things open, and instead it was about shutting down the Red Wings defensively while holding on to the two-goal lead. Hamilton did his part in 17 plus minutes skating with Zdeno Chara, and was rewarded with the jacket for his efforts.