The Bruins had a less-than 24 hour turnaround between their Opening Night matchup with Philadelphia and Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. And it showed on the ice with the Bruins dropping their first game of the season, 2-1. A final that wasn’t even that close.
The Red Wings outplayed the Bruins from start to finish. They beat the B’s off the draws, off the wall and on the loose puck battles. The Red Wings used their speed to their advantage and took it to Boston.
The Bruins saw themselves up, 1-0, after 20 minutes thanks to timely saves by Tuukka Rask and a big goal by Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron intercepted a Danny DeKeyser outlet pass and took it to the net, firing a wrist shot glove side high on Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard.
After that, it was all Wings, who scored two goals in the second period that proved to be the difference. The Bruins found themselves within a goal late in the third period with a Detroit player in the penalty box. But that rally was killed by a Zdeno Chara goaltender interference penalty.
The Bruins now get a night off before they head back to Boston for a Saturday night matchup with the Washington Capitals.