Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill explains his decision to start Jared Coreau against the Bruins. Gregg Krupa, Detroit News
Boston — Jared Coreau said he was ready.
But the Bruins beat him on their first two shots on goal on Tuesday, the fourth time they scored twice in the opening minute of a game in their 94-year history.
They scored again in the first period to take a 3-2 lead over the Red Wings. The Wings pulled him early in the second period after he allowed his fourth goal on 16 shots. The Bruins went on to a 6-5 win in overtime.
Coreau had seen no game action since Feb. 17 for Grand Rapids in the AHL.
“It is an advantage to see some game time,” Coreau said after the morning skate and Jeff Blashill’s announcement that the 26-year-old would get his first start of the season, 10 days and four games after the Wings traded Petr Mrazek.
“But also, if you put your work in at practice and you bring the same intensity in practice as you do in games, I think you’ll be all right.”
In an optional practice in TD Garden Monday, Coreau’s tasks were intense.
With Howard in an off-ice workout, Coreau provided shooting practice for 14 Red Wings.
He got off to a good start last season.
The Wings beat the Panthers Dec. 23, 2016, for Coreau’s first win in the NHL.
He shut out the Kings and the Canadiens.
But his play declined, to a 3.46 goals against average and .887 save percentage
He returned to Grand Rapids, where his play became integral to the Griffins' Calder Cup, and Coreau found himself back in the AHL this season.
The Red Wings talked about the need for the best goaltending they could obtain from Howard and Mrazek to make the playoffs.
But Mrazek played in only 13 games in the first half of the schedule.
Blashill: Frk needs confidence
Martin Frk says he believes he has it. His coach, Jeff Blashill, would like to see more of it.
Playing on a line with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha at the start of the season, Frk, lost to waivers last season only to be reclaimed, scored three goals in his first four games.
The line is mostly unseen ever since.
Frk went on to score three goals in three games, Nov. 5-9. Injured a game later, he did not play for eight, through Dec. 2.
He has four goals since. They came in back-to-back games Dec. 19 and 20, and Feb. 6 and 9.
While it is more difficult scoring on the lower lines, where Frk is confined, his all-around play and skating make it more difficult to defend against the top lines of other teams.
“Trying to stay positive,” Frk said. “Definitely, I don’t want to do this. But it is the decision Blash makes.
“And I got to understand that. So, hopefully, I will have a good game today, and stay in the lineup.
“He told me to play with confidence,” Frk said, repeating Blashill’s assertion, in an interview, Tuesday. “I don’t think so, that I have a problem with my confidence.
“It’s just the little things. When I go on the ice, I’ve got to go show him I can play.
“I know I can be, every day, in the lineup.”
Blashill said Frk playing on the lower lines means he must “grind it out.”
Frk seems to understand.
“Every shift you’ve got, you’ve always got to go do it right,” he said. “Make sure they don’t lock you in your zone. You want to play in their zone.
“Get on the forecheck, and make sure you produce something.”
McGuire replaces Bowman
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced that broadcaster Pierre McGuire, will replace Scotty Bowman, who won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, on the selection committee.
Bowman, who reached the end of his 15-year term, Dec. 31, met McGuire at St. Lawrence University
McGuire coached there from 1988-90, and Bowman’s daughter attended the school.
During his tenure with the Penguins, 1990-93, Bowman hired McGuire as a scout and, later, as an assistant coach.