'Not good enough': Wings fall in OT to Bruins

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) is held back as he threads between two Bruins defenders.

Boston – How do you perceive this Red Wings’ latest streak?

Only in the NHL does such a problem exist, where a team loses but still can earn a point. They’ve earned points in six consecutive games – but they’ve ultimately lost the last three (3-0-3) in overtime, leaving potentially crucial points unearned.

The Red Wings lost their third consecutive overtime game Tuesday, this time, 4-3, to the Boston Bruins.

BOX SCORE: Bruins 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)

David Pastrnak scored his 20th goal with 47 seconds left in overtime, giving the Bruins a win.

The Red Wings were awful early, rallied in the middle and took an improbable lead, then gave up the game-tying goal in the third while having chances of their own to win it.

But in the end, it was only one point earned. And that may not be good enough to earn a playoff spot.

“We need points,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We can’t afford one point. We need two points and it’s good we strung together a point streak here, but we need two points.”

The luster of consecutive wins over Pittsburgh, Montreal and Boston (in a shootout) last week has been dampened by overtime losses to Buffalo, the New York Rangers, and, now, Boston.

With teams around them winning Tuesday, the Red Wings lost ground in the standings.

“It’s imperative we get the extra points,” said Mike Green, who had a goal and an assist. “Just not good enough to get that point. It does sting. But we have to find a way to try and get it done in regular time because things aren’t bouncing our way in overtime.”

The Red Wings are 6-0 in shootouts this season – but only 3-9 in overtime.

Green, Andreas Athanasiou and Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings (20-19-9, 49 points), while goaltender Jared Coreau was outstanding with 46 saves.

Coreau stopped 19 shots in the first period, keeping the Bruins’ barrage under control as Boston only led 2-1 after 20 dominating minutes.

“We talk about giving the team a chance to win and I’d like to think I did that tonight,” Coreau said. “You get into the flow pretty quickly (facing shots early). They’re good at getting shots to the net. I don’t know if there was a ton of Grade As, they can just get pucks through.”

The Red Wings rebounded for a second consecutive poor first period against the Bruins, who had outshot the Red Wings 10-0 at the halfway mark and led 1-0.

“We knew we weren’t good enough in the first,” Blashill said. “We turned too many pucks over and we didn’t skate, that’s not a formula for success.

“We came back in the second and third and played good hockey and certainly had opportunities to win it late in the game.”

Boston’s Brad Marchand tied it at 3 with his second goal of the game at 8:20 of the third period.

The Bruins came on a rush, put together a nice passing play, and Marchand poked in his 19th goal past Coreau.

Green and Tatar scored second-period goals, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Green tied it at 2 with his ninth goal at 6:25.

Green had the puck on the point and lifted a shot toward net that bounced off the skate of Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and got past goalie Tuukka Rask (23 saves).

Coreau had to withstand another Bruins flurry shortly after, and the Red Wings capitalized.

Henrik Zetterberg found Tatar skating down the wing, with the Boston defense allowing Tatar plenty of space and time.

Tatar skated down to the low circle and snapped a wrist shot through Rask’s legs, the puck tricking into the net for Tatar’s 11th goal at 10:51.

Athanasiou provided the lone offense in the first period with another highlight-reel breakaway goal.


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