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Looking back at the last Boston-Detroit game on NBC

Nov 24, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

Tim Thomas AP

The last time the Boston Bruins faced Detroit on NBC, the Red Wings swept the second game of a home-and-home series by a score of 4-2. A lot has changed since Sunday, February 13, but let’s take a look at some interesting tidbits from that contest.

  • Joe wrote that the loss “may force Boston to make a move to improve their ability to move the puck from the blue line.” Of course, the Bruins did just that by trading for Tomas Kaberle, even if the results weren’t as sterling as they hoped.
  • Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand raced the Bruins off to a 2-1 lead. Did that provide some foreshadowing for the playoffs and the 2011-12 season in particular?
  • In the “notable players who aren’t there anymore” department: Blake Wheeler and Brian Rafalski recorded assists for their respective teams.
  • Todd Bertuzzi scored two goals against the Bruins in that match, yet the hulking winger only has one tally in 14 games so far this season.

Both teams were contenders at that point last season, but tomorrow’s game provides a juicier storyline: the Red Wings have a chance to end the Bruins’ scalding-hot run at 10 wins in a row. If that’s not enough to wrap up your frenzied Black Friday shopping, then you’re a difficult hockey fan to please.

  1. pastabelly - Nov 25, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    This Black Friday Matinee has become a nice tradition in Boston as the Bruins take to the ice in their alternative all black uniforms with Back in Black by AC/DC playing in the background. Let’s hope the NHL doesn’t screw around with this and take it away from Boston. 😦

  2. 8man - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Yep. B’s fans have been making the day after pilgrimage to see the Bears for years now. It was big in Boston long before it was big anywhere else.

    The Detroit Lions have a game on Turkey Day every year and the Bruins should get the day after it.

    Go Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins!

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