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Bruins handle Red Wings 4-1, tie series 1-1

Apr 20, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

Justin Florek, Tomas Tatar AP

After losing a tight Game 1 thanks to a nice Pavel Datsyuk 1-0 goal, the Boston Bruins raced out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and cruised to a 4-1 win on Sunday, tying their first-round series 1-1 with the Detroit Red Wings in the process.

The Bruins generated that early lead thanks to firsts as Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored for Boston. (It was a big Sunday for the Smith family, as Brendan challenged Zdeno Chara to end the first period.)

After the Bruins’ strong start, the Red Wings dominated much of the second period, yet the teams traded goals as Milan Lucic matched Luke Glendening‘s efforts. (Those who wanted a Lucic suspension probably bristled.)

A power-play goal from Chara basically locked it up at 4-1 in the third period, giving the Bruins a win that’s relatively easy (at least compared to these early 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs games).

The series now shifts to Detroit tied 1-1. All things considered, the Red Wings are probably glad to split the first two games against the Bruins (who won the Presidents’ Trophy this season). Many believed that this could be a much tougher series than the usual top vs. bottom seed fair, and even with two very different games in mind, that could very well be the case.

  1. sixchr - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    If the Bruins can just bottle up what they did in the first period and do that regularly then forget it. Nobody will stop them.

  2. 19inarow - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Lucic being allowed to play is disgusting.

    • nunan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      You love it! He was a force…the better he does, the more I look forward to coming to PHT and read all your comments.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        This is the internet bro. It’s sad your life is so pathetic that that’s what you do for enjoyment. Go outside.

      • nunan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        That makes zero sense, BRO…considering you’re on the same exact site..do you come to PHT bc you hate it so much? Sound logic, CHIEF.

        do you use the “you mad, bro” saying? I bet you do.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        I come here to discuss hockey. Not watch some punk kid thump his chest like Lucic. As if he has something to thump it for. Besides a hockey player. Go outside and do something productive then thump your chest.

        Here I go: I woke up, made breakfast with my family, sat down to an Easter breakfast, went to church, came home and made lunch, fixed my wife’s car with my brother-in-law, then watched hockey with my son, took my son outside and played in the yard during intermissions, came back in grilled up dinner, then finished an Easter egg hunt with my family. Then I told some punk kid to get a life. All in all, it was a nice little Sunday.

      • bbgraf08 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Seems very defensive, I wonder why you needed to spell out your whole day to prove how meaningful your life is.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Exactly.

      • nunan - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        haha… Did you really post that? What the heck does that have to do with ANYTHING, nevermind the original topic which is regarding some ridiculous comment about how Lucic shouldn’t be allowed to play. My point is and has been Lucic is a force out there and I love all these commenters who ignore everything he does and just spew trash to make themselves feel better. Reality has no bearing on the actual effectiveness of the player, his role on the team, etc. Any time he does something good, these losers pop up with stupid comments, as we see above. You are the stereotypical internet ‘commenter’ people make fun of..post BS that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic in order to try and prove a point..which is what? We still don’t know. I’m literally picturing a 60 year old man with that comment you made. Just dumb. You didn’t even realize you’re being mocked…instead you post “exactly”. Want to talk hockey? I’m here and will school you. Want to post crap about nothing, go ahead..I’ll let you have that conversation by yourself…stick to fixing cars and being incredibly hypocritical. that’s right in your wheelhouse.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        @101 – ouch.

        I think you are mad at Lucic for hitting the spoked B – showing that it’s about the name on the front and not the back. I think you also told him to go outside and do something productive?

        Pretty sure the 5+ million he is making and the nearly perfect physical condition he is in (most hockey players are) would constitute doing something productive. I would have to guess that some of his training takes place outside, but yeah he must be pissed he wan’t fixing his wife’s car…

        I am happy your Sunday was so manly – you must be proud! You fixed a car, grilled, and told off someone younger than you (very ineffectively – I might add).

        also – I personally am not a church person, but I can see it’s working on you. Seeing that you attacked someone you don’t know – for NO reason. Actually, I am wrong; it was because he said he loved coming to a website (same one you are on by the way).

        You are a good god loving man, but you call someone pathetic?

        Keep spreading hate and absolving yourself with a weekly check-in. Also, your kid probably doesn’t want to play with you because you are an a hole.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Don’t know what’s worse. The bruins winning or listening to their loser fan base

  3. nunan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Not sure Chara’s PP goal could be considered “rare”. He’s done well posted in front of the net on the PP all year. Good point made by Millbury (what?!) after the game. Detroit has only generated two goals in two games. If the Bruins generate even just a little offense, their team D takes care of the rest and they’re in position to win these games. They were in position to win game one…just couldn’t score. Bodes well. Have to win some games in Detroit now…not easy. Expecting tight, one goal games.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Yeah, rare is probably the wrong word. Still a little weird seeing him get PPG’s from in close, though. Not saying it’s a bad strategy by Boston, just a strange sight.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        He’s just so awkwardly big…it’s an odd place to see him…it’s like Andre the Giant on skates.

  4. terrier92 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    All is well now in the Universe. The natural order has been restored. Lol

  5. pwshrugged - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Not too discouraged as a Wings fan. Boston was playing with late-series intensity, and the Wings definitely weren’t at their best (as evidenced by a couple soft goals). Boston clearly had no intention of going to Detroit down 2-0, whereas the Wings didn’t have that kind of urgency on their minds. That said, outside of about a 10-minute stretch of the 2nd period, Boston almost completely outplayed the Wings today.

    The biggest concern I have is simply that Boston is stopping the Wings’ speed game so far. The Kid Line and Nyquist have all been very quiet. Boston’s blocking a ton of good shots, and what is getting through is easy stuff for Rask. Wings need to figure out a way to bury their good chances or simply find ways to break down Boston’s suffocating defense, or it’s not going to make a difference once they ratchet up the intensity on their side.

  6. iglen31 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    19inarow
    Lucic being allowed to play is disgusting.

    Why? Please elaborate when you make a statement like that.

    • dtownbeatdown - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      If he has to elaborate you obviously don’t watch much hockey…

    • nunan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      No logic behind his statement. He’s just does’t recognize talent..and he hates the fact Lucic isn’t on his team. What else would he despise a power forward who puts up 60 pts a year and changes games with his physicality?

      • drewzducks - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        But he’s an evil, Big Bad Bruin. In all seriousness I have no problem with some of his post scrum actions I just wish he would lose the tendency to carve the jewels. I think I’ve seen almost every game he’s played and remember his first NHL goal in LA. He played the perfect game today, strong physical presence from start to end and the back breaking goal at the end of the 2nd. His brutality on the forecheck was a sight to behold, with no cheap shots necessary. Same situation with the Emelin gouge. They had beat the living day lights out of the Habs in Monteeal a week or so prior and Luc, specifically, had destroyed Emelin. The next matchup the Habs win convincingly in Boston and Luc pulls the nut shot. He has to get his head out of his ass, keep his feet moving and he can cement his role as being the most physically intimidating goal scorer in the league.

      • themediaisdumberthandirt - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Is that an actual serious question? Lucic took his stick, and purposefully and meaningfully hit a man in the nether regions. You have to be a complete lowlife to do something like that as you have to be a complete lowlife to think that is ok and wonder why no one likes him besides the few “people” from Boston (more like a subspecies of unintelligent bafoons). I feel sorry for you that you can actually think like that.

    • holymakinaw - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      because Lucie is a backstabbing hunchback that should have been suspended for his stickwork on two guys…try to follow now…

  7. LampyB - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    The Wings simply don’t have a game when they cross the blue line and take punches to the face over and over again. If the refs don’t call this bull I’m sad to say not gonna be a real series.

    • ryanw822 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      the punches in the face cancels out Alfredsson’s dive.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Alfie can dive all year long and still not catch up to Marchand. When Tom Cruise sarcastically applauds you from the stands you have a problem, like Marchand.

    • lordstanley65 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Waaah. What, are you getting scared now? Already looking to blame losses on the officiating? Kinda early for that, no?

  8. iglen31 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Oh I watch plenty of hockey. All I asked is why he believes it’s “disgusting” for Lucic to be playing? I understand that Lucic is a player that is loved by us fans in Boston an hated by other fans, much like Marchand is. If he is referring to to the spear last game, I get that that’s not what you want to see on either side by that hardly makes it “disgusting” for him to be out on the ice. He plays a tough, physical brand of hockey but does that make him dirty or a “disgusting” player? I don’t think so. Look, if you want to make that statement… Back it up with a point, if not it just sounds like sour grapes.

  9. mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I’m so proud of lucic that he made it through one game without slapping around another players balls. I know it must have been very hard for him to resist.

    • drewzducks - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Well when Tom Cruise shows his displeasure then that seals it cuz who doesn’t believe Tom and the Church of Scientology.

  10. bsfan77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Hard to slap balls when you are busy scoring goals. All you haters would take him on your team in a heartbeat. Averages 20 plus goals a season and physical as h*ll. Total beast. People used to same the same about Neely. I play hockey, and the dirty stuff happens all the time. I have been speared there before. Thats what cups are for! Goooooooo B’s. Wings have no answer for the physical game. Was at the game today and the Wings were to busy looking behind them every time they went into the corner.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I would be too worried about lucic suggesting group hugs in the showers and asking to make it clothing optional practices. But yeah im sure you cant stop praising how his physical he is and oh he’s just a total beast, I’m sure he’d love it if during the summer time you rubbed some sun tan lotion on his nose. By the size of that honked it’ll only take a couple hours. Maybe in return he’ll show you his signature move, I’ll give you a hint it’s worth about 5,000 dollars.

      • lordstanley65 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        That’s the best retort you could come up with? What are you, a 12 year old?

    • holymakinaw - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      wow 20 goals a year!!! Unreal…. 20, boy he’s some scorer eh? Sad, sad bunch. In fairness, you only have thre goofs on your team, but they are enough to have millions hate the broons…You have top notch players like Rask, Inginla, Bergeron, Erickson, Hamilton, Krichje(s), but then you have the hunchback(Lucie) ,dirtiest player in the league(especially since Laracque is no longer playing), the ugliest man in the league(chara) and the biggest diver in the league(baby Marchand) and they alone make millions of knowledgeable fans despise the big bad dirty broons….

  11. mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Woops meant honker. Auto correct. Also take out his before physical. I would hate for my hilarious comment to be too confusing for a bruins fan to read. I’d hate for anyone to mistakenly thump up me thinking that I’m being serious haha.

    • gallyhatch - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      hey mackattack, considering you’re the one who brought up Lucic in the showers & rubbing lotion etc, I don’t think us Bruins fans are the ones who are confused.

      You on the other hand, looking to get thumped up. . . . you may want to push away from the keyboard for a while.

  12. bsfan77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I had to read your comment a few times to understand it. I do not think any of your comments regarding gay tendencies have anything to do with Lucic or anything that I said about it. Let’s respond when we have something intelligent and/or having to do with hockey is involved. This is Pro Hockey Talk. Not a gay bath house.

  13. bsfan77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Sounds like your Lucic fantasies are getting the best of you. I will send you a Lucic shirt and you can tie it in a knot across your chest and wear it with your short shorts.

  14. muckleflugga - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    big deal … red wings got sucked into lower order hockey

    big deal … milan lucic’s a big tough who has a fixation for other men’s parts … this is not a rhodes scholar we’re talking about here

    like every low-brow knuckle dragging ape he plays the part of the bully … dishing it out but unable to take it … time and again … he gets bag-slapped at of all things, a poutine bar, then whines about it –what, prairie oysters were out of season– apparently misinterpreting the extent of love for his ugly face and temperament in art loving vancouver … i’m not coming back here again booo hoo hoooooo woe is me

    lucic’s chief virtue is the high cement content where most people store a brain … let’s face it, no advanced life form could survive the hammering he took from luke gazdic

    more scary is the evolution in bruins’ hockey, itself commensurate with lack of evolution in milan lucic … a city once graced with bobby orr and phil esposito has it’s team entrenched with no talent morons like milan lucic and shawn thornton …

    grim days … it’s no wonder bruins get owned by diving ponces like canadiens … discriminating thought and bruins are rare companions

    lmao

    • lordstanley65 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Whatever.

    • gallyhatch - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      hey muckle, how can a guy who claims to know as much about hockey as you so often do refer to Lucic as a “no talent moron”?

      I get the moron part. I’m a Bruins season ticket holder, and am growing increasingly concerned about Lucic’s moronic behavior, you’ll get no argument there.

      He’s also however, one of the better power forwards in the league. For you to claim he has no talent is pretty asinine. . . almost as asinine as pining for the days of Orr and Esposito as if there were no ‘knuckle dragging apes’ playing in those days.

  15. muckleflugga - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    hey gallyhatch, good comeback

    lucic is a plod by every standard of what constitutes skill in hockey … he has hands of stone and hockey sense to match … plugging up and down the ice with the grace of three legged rhinoceros

    contrary to cherished opinion from bruins fans, lucic wouldn’t be given a second look on twenty eight other teams … some teams have standards, if not personality and i.q. tests … i’m sure he’s a fine young man away from the game but on the ice, he’s a moron among morons

    what is with bruins and their fans … all this huffing and puffing about how tough they are … circling menacingly delivering bi tch slaps … their toughest player is a five foot piss all malignant embarrassment to hockey … the rest shake gloves and laugh … all show no throw … even iginla got himself knocked silly in that company

    and like every team coached by a french canadian, they out with the whine about hooking and holding and clutching and grabbing every time they’re out-skated and out-skilled …

    noise you’d expect to hear from a fleet skill-based team rather than journeyman north south mutts populating bruins, renowned for grabbing, holding and in-game mugging inherent in nearly a century of boston hockey

    boston kong

    aside from being the strangest looking collection of freaks in the nhl, bruins are all bluff and bluster … after every game they’ve been embarrassed by clean hits or tougher superior play, out comes the yellow-ass snivelling …

    their opponent’s chief sin is thinking hockey is something other than concession to an inbred south boston drunken wife-beating saturday night brawl-fest

    i referenced orr and esposito because they had skill and heart … in reality, bruins in the day were every bit as bad … until larry robinson came to boston … bruins have been owned since

    boston is a city burdened by the poor man’s grudge … born and bred with a chip on its shoulder … waved as a matter of pride … ghetto attitude

    ghetto hockey

    how’s that for trash talk … lmao

    • gallyhatch - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Amazing, the only thing you left out of this new excessively long winded cry for attention was a shred of objectivity.

      But hey, you appeal to the’mangoman1966’s of the website, so you’ve got that going for you.

      • holymakinaw - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        WOW! Heh, Gally, I think now would be a good time to slink away ….flugga powned you bad dude…like I say…slink away man save some of your pride…..

  16. mangoman1966 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Very well put muggla. But I don’t think the Bostonian crew could figure that out. They go to bed with visions of luck in their heads

  17. budzo83 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    All of the Bruin-hating is such a cliche at this point. In my estimation, the PHT comment section gets the most milage out of Crosby hate and Bruin hate. But don’t let me stop you, another comment about Lucic’s nose would be so refreshing… I don’t know, I just feel like if someone’s under your skin and you can’t stop talking about them, they must be doing something right.

    As for Lucic and power-forwards in general, everybody wants one on their team even if they don’t want to admit it. They are somewhat of a dying breed in the “new NHL” with respect to how few can still really play at the speed of today’s game, be physically imposing, and make a significant contribution offensively. Fear not, Lucic haters, you only get 5-7 good years of production followed by a bad contract, years and years of injuries, surgeries, healthy scratches, 10-15 goal seasons, and fourth-line duty (See: Bertuzzi, Todd; Clowe, Ryan; Penner, Dustin). But, boy, are they fun to watch for those 5-7 years.

  18. tlndma - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Babcock was right about one thing. For Detroit to match up with Boston’s physicality they have to leave their comfort zone. In other words they can’t match up when Boston brings their A game. Boston is going to continue to smash Detroit’s Dmen. The Detroit power play is going to have to better or they will get steamrolled.

  19. psousa1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Detroit either couldn’t or was unwilling to get to the front of the boston net. I don’t believe Rask even worried about freezing the puck. As soon as their was a rebound the Boston ‘D’ cleared it without much of a problem because there were no Red Wings in sight.

    Did Babcock really complain about the ‘rough play’? He got two gift power plays due to their diving. And all the interfering they do? Maybe I misconstrued what he said. I would hope I did because the message he sends is “my players, while talented, are not very strong and can be intimidated quite easily”.

  20. crusty14 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Whoever said 28 other teams wouldn’t even give lucic a second look, obviously knows nothing about hockey! I would bet that ALL 28 teams would take him, or a similar player without hesitation!

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