Red Wings offense starts late in loss to Bruins
Boston — One good period of hockey Saturday wasn’t enough for the Red Wings to win a hockey game.
The Red Wings got going in the third period after playing sluggishly the opening 40 minutes, but it proved too late losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins.
Justin Abdelkader (power play) cut the Bruins lead to 3-1 with his fifth goal — and ending a 14-game goal-scoring drought.
The Red Wings had a power play with under four minutes left in the game — and also pulled goalie Petr Mrazek — but couldn’t cut into Boston’s lead.
Many of the things that have been hurting the Red Wings did so again.
They were outshot 31-23 by Boston, missed the net often (18 missed shots) and fell behind to a quality opponent — and ran out of time.
“We didn’t do enough good things,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have to hit the net to create second chance opportunities, but we didn’t do that. We’re missing the net on too many opportunities.”
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Torey Krug (Livonia/Michigan State) scored in the second period for the Bruins, breaking a scoreless tie.
Boston outshot the Red Wings, 12-5, in the first period with Mrazek's goaltending keeping the Red Wings afloat.
The Bergeron goal, though, got the Bruins going and it was one Mrazek would like back.
Bergeron skated the puck down the ice, lifted a shot that Mrazek stopped but the puck plopped behind him. Bergeron skated through and put the loose puck in for his sixth goal at 7:18.
“It hit my blocker and I lost it,” Mrazek said. “If that didn’t go in, the game would be different.”
The loss is the third in four games for the Red Wings (8-8-1, 17 points), who dropped behind Boston (8-7-1, 17 points) in the standings.
The Bruins have won their last five games against the Red Wings during the regular season.
“We’re struggling a bit to score goals,” Abdelkader said .”When you do that, you can’t give up Grade A chances. When you’re struggling to score goals you have to play tight defensively. We gave them too many chances.”
The offense continues to be a problem with the Red Wings scoring two or less goals for the sixth consecutive game and eight in the last nine games.
“We found a way to stay in the game,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “After the first period, they got the goals and we didn’t. We have to create more chance 5-on-5.”
Krejci made it 2-0 at 11:10 with his eighth goal.
Krejci cut inside with a sharp move, twisting Jakub Kindl, and beat Mrazek blocker side.
Krug made it 3-0 at the 17-minute mark of the second period, converting a nice pass from Brad Marchand on a Bruins rush.
“We took a left-hand turn tonight,” Blashill said. “We weren’t good enough.”