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Bruins routed by Red Wings in Detroit

11.27.13 at 10:04 pm ET

There isn’t a turkey, Thanksgiving or Hanukkah quip that would accurately represent how bad the Bruins were Wednesday night in Detroit.

The Red Wings, who were playing without Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, routed the B’s to the tune of a 6-1 win on a night in which the Bruins rarely had scoring chances and tied their season low with 17 shots on goal. Jarome Iginla had the Bruins’ lone goal, breaking up Jonas Gustavsson‘s shutout bid with 2:25 to play.

The first period yielded just a Justin Abdeklader goal, but it was the second period where the damage was done. Detroit scored on three of its first shots on Tuukka Rask in the period, getting tallies from Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall. The Bruins, meanwhile, managed just three shots on Gustavsson in the second period.

Drew Miller made it 5-0 in the third period, and a Gustav Nyquist pass went off a diving Torey Krug and in to cap the Detroit’s scoring.

Adam McQuaid returned after missing the previous eight games with a lower-body injury. He finished the game with a minus-1 rating and a pair of penalties, the first of which was an elbow on Tatar that gave the Red Wings the power play on which Kronwall scored.

Jordan Caron played in place of Shawn Thornton, with Thornton being made a healthy scratch for the second time this season in an effort to play Caron in a game that likely wouldn’t see many gloves being dropped. Caron skated on the right wing of Gregory Campbell‘s line.

The Bruins will return to action Friday at TD Garden when they host the Rangers in their annual Black Friday matinee.


– They were slow and they were sloppy. That’s that long and the short of it. The Red Wings skated circles around them and had long stays in the Boston zone. Especially on Zetterberg’s goal, which came shortly after Nyquist missed an empty net, the B’s had their top line chasing the puck around in their own zone.

Claude Julien was none too happy with his team’s performance, as he called a timeout following Detroit’s fourth goal and screamed at his team on the bench.

He also made some adjustments with his lines, shaking up his top three trios and going with the following lines in the third period (Campbell’s line remained the same)”

Soderberg – Krejci – Eriksson
Smith – Bergeron – Iginla
Lucic – Kelly – Marchand

– Rask wasn’t particularly bad, but he did allow a bad goal on the Red Wings’ second tally. The Bruins’ netminder obviously saw Tatar as he took a pass from Brian Lashoff in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone, fell down, got back up with the puck and skated behind the net before beating Rask on a wraparound.

Interestingly enough, Julien did not elect to yank Rask following the Red Wings’ fourth goal (which was scored halfway through the second) or for the third period.


– They stayed healthy. That’s pretty much it, as it was easily their worst showing of the season. At least they didn’t suffer any injuries in the loss, meaning they can wash the stink off and go into Friday’s game with Wednesday’s debacle in the rearview mirror.

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