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Video: Bruins establish physical game early

Apr 18, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings do a lot of things right, but one aspect of the game they’re not known for is their physical play. The Red Wings ranked 26th in the league in hits during the regular season and Boston wants to use that to its advantage.

Even if it leads to the occasional penalty, as it did late in the first period when Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was charged for boarding Brendan Smith, playing aggressively against Detroit might prove to be the key to winning the series.

You can watch that hit and more analysis on the subject below:

Midway through the second period in Game 1, Detroit and Boston remain scoreless and the two squads are about even in shots on goal. However, Boston has a 22-15 edge in hits.

  1. slaugin - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Red Wings dictating the pace and style but they also think that they a shooting at a Soccer goal. Bruins lucky to head into the 3rd 0-0

  2. billsin20xx - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Does that punk Lucic deserve a fine/suspension for that cheap spear at the end of the 2nd? What a classless jerk he is to spear someone from behind like that!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Has to be a big fine. Such a cheap move, but hard to suspend a guy for that in the playoffs.

      • billsin20xx - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        I just hope the league doesn’t put up with that bush league stuff, especially when it’s replayed on their flagship tv station for all to see.

    • kendog1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      If the league doesn’t suspend him then its credibility is in question. Would MLB or the NFL tolerate this kind of dirty, gutless play with no response! No way! Mr Shanahan, are you listening? Is this the way you want the league to be portrayed on national TV?

  3. graymalkin26 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    That’s the second that hook nosed tool has pulled that stunt…wtf

  4. kendog1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Any suspension for Lucic?

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