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Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

Apr 22, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Boston’s Game 2 win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Red Wings this season. The Bruins were 2-4 on the power play Sunday and are now 5-10 in their last four games, dating back to the regular season (50%). The Red Wings failed to score on any of their four power play opportunities Sunday and are now 1-19 in their last six games, dating back to the regular season (5.2%). For the series, the Bruins are 2-5 on the power play and the Red Wings are 0-6.

— Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask picked up his 22nd career playoff victory, stopping 34 of 35 shots Sunday. He led all goaltenders during the regular season with a total of 26 starts in which he allowed no more than one goal. Rask has not allowed more than a goal in either playoff game and has a .966 save%. The Finnish goalie also won his second game against the Red Wings this season and first against them since a 4-1 victory in Boston October 5. In his two wins against the Red Wings this season, Rask faced 30.5 shots/game, while only 24.75 in his four losses.

— Since moving from Olympia Arena to Joe Louis Arena in 1979, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups, while making two other trips to the Stanly Cup Final. During their runs to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and 2009, the Red Wings posted a 20-4 home record (83.3 win % — 9-2 in 2008; 11-2 in 2009). But since then, they have gone 10-8 in the last four postseasons at the Joe (55 win %). During the 2013-14 regular season, Detroit had the fewest wins at home of any of the 16 playoff teams, while Boston was 23-12-6 away from home (63.4 pts%), the NHL’s third-best points percentage.

— When losing Game 1 and winning Game 2, Boston has won 12 of those 20 series. Since the Bruins returned to the playoffs in 2007-08, they have been involved in three such series, winning two and dropping the most recent — last year’s Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

— Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara closed the scoring Sunday with a power-play goal, recording his 55th career postseason point, fourth among all active NHL defensemen.

— Through the first two games of each playoff series, every team except for Boston and Detroit had conceded at least 5 goals. Boston, which allowed the second-fewest goals of any team during the regular season (2.08 goals/game) has only allowed two, while Detroit, 16th in the league in goals against per game (2.70), has allowed 4 goals.

— The two coaches in this series are among the winningest coaches in terms of playoff success since 2003.


— Detroit’s four leading scorers from the regular season — Daniel Alfredsson (49 pts), Niklas Kronwall (49 pts), Gustav Nyquist (48 pts), and Henrik Zetterberg (48 pts), who is out with a back injury — have yet to register a point in this series. While the three veterans have well-established postseason careers, Nyquist has yet to make such an impact in the playoffs. The 24-year-old forward, who closed the season with 24 points in 24 games since the Olympic break, has 5 points in 20 career playoff games.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Alfie is out tonight.

  2. kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I don’t know if Zetteberg is back tonight or not, but after watching the dominating performance on Sunday, I see no chance for a Red Wings win.

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    breaking news out of detroit indicates the loading ramp at the joe louis arena was unable to bear the weight of the flat-bed trailer carrying three cages housing milan lucic, brad marchand and shawn thornton

    a resourceful rink attendant dashed off to a local produce store, bought 180 pounds of bananas, then laid a trail of bananas to lure each of the bruins, hunched and slobbering, into the bruins dressing room where they could be properly shackled

    last seen curled-up in a luxurious bed of straw spread across the entire bruins’ locker room floor –concession made to demands from bruins management their team be housed in conditions to which they’re entitled by habit and custom– marchand and thornton were last seen bouncing on feet and knuckles while gurgling happily

    lucic on the other hand

    continued all a-snarl and whipping his chain, glaring menacingly, until a bruins’ trainer magically produced a worn and battered leather bag of walnuts … seemingly effective with the trainer rubbing his hump, a relaxing lucic was last seen mewling happily with thumb in mouth, fondling said bag of nuts

    more later …

    • nhbsfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      I’m a Bruins fan but that was great…LOL.

    • infectorman - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      I took the liberty of submitting samples of your extraordinary writing to the Lead Editors of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Fashion.
      You’re far too imaginative and use way too many $10.00 words to appeal to us mouth breathing troglodytes ($10.00 word alert!) that frequent PHT.

      Plus, I heard they really go for the pony-tail sporting, sweater-vest wearing cheese eater type at those high brow fashion publications.

      I said back in 94-95 when the NJ Devils pissed off all of the Guy LaFleur hugging “purist” types and I’ll say it again today:

      Win us the Cup
      Don’t care how you do it
      Don’t care if it pisses off the closet figure skating fans posing as Hockey fans

      If your game-planning and style of play nets you a Stanley Cup, then you are validated by the NHL and all in the Great Big Wide World of Hockey must accept and embrace it.

      If you don’t care for football on ice, maybe you could watch re-runs of Sochi and the female figure skating competition.
      We don’t care… It’s a free country…kinda

      BTW, you have an interview at 500 Madison Ave next Thursday at 10:00am for a entry level position writing about beauty contest fashion for adolescent females..
      Best of luck and don’t be late!

  4. bozgood - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    No Zetterberg tonight. I wouldn’t expect him until game 6 or 7 if it goes that far. I do expect a big push back from the Wings and a much better performance tonight.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Agreed, Detroit will not go gentle into that good night. They will adjust and make it a better game.

      • savoirlaire - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        OK, that surely must be the first Dylan Thomas reference ever used in PHT…

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        They certainly will not go gently into that Bruins behind either.

      • bakedbees - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        you do the 101st a disservice

      • timmmah10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Babcock will show why he is the top of that playoff game winner leader board tonight. His adjustments after bad losses are very well documented. That would have been a nice addition to this article… coaches adjustments are as big a part of the game as the heart of the teams.

      • timmmah10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Babcock will show why he is the top of that playoff game winner leader board tonight. His adjustments after bad losses are very well documented. That would have been a nice addition to this article… coach’s adjustments are as big a part of the game as the heart of the teams.

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Says who? You? Sure.

  5. timmmah10 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    At one point, the knock on Datsyuk was that he wasn’t a playoff performer… give Nyquist a little time… He’ll be just fine.

  6. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM


    nooooo, hey … great comeback … well salted with creative insult

    and i don’t disagree with your assessment of the nhl and the way playoffs are permitted to evolve … the 1994 – 1995 new jersey devils are the best example of neanderthal hockey if ever there was one … animals and thugs all

    nhl hockey met its lowest common denominator with emphasis on common that season

    as for female figure skaters at sochi, damn right … my eyesight takes a hit watching the world championships every year … and olympics, the old peepers are already strained from watching women’s speed skating and the start of women’s’ luge and bob sleigh particularly

    [ between you and me, i’ve been diagnosed with a persistent case of lopez – beyoncé syndrome ever since ]

    fact is, just looking at women in the crowd at penguins’ home games makes me break-out in a cold sweat … shala boom de ay, heavy makes you happy, shala shala boom de ay

    as for adolescents, the legal marrying age in scotland is sixteen, lower in many countries and states … if you weigh-in alabama and georgia, they can be under-age and first cousins to boot

    still, i’ll leave adolescents of all ages for those who betray overt interest … in the manner of freudian slip reviewed in earlier posts

  7. amityvillefun - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Bruins 3. Wings 0.


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