BOSTON– A sellout crowd at TD Garden for a Bruins game is 17,565, but tonight you could have added 23 more people to that number, because the entire Boston bench was watching Detroit skate all over the team, right along with the rest of the crowd.
Friday night’s game was a nice piece of humble pie for the Bruins, who fell in a 6-1 contest with the Red Wings.
Detroit wasted no time in collecting goals, netting two of them past Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask just three minutes and ten seconds into the first frame. The Black and Gold just came off a high emotionally charged game against the Montreal Canadiens, and the Red Wings refused to take their own foot from the pedal, trying to create their own opportunities.
“Like I said, we’ve talked about it enough and we had to go out and do it and start playing like we know how We know how crucial these points are. It seems everyone in the West is winning right now, so these points are crucial. We were playing a really tough Boston team, so we were ready.”
And they weren’t lying. They outskated, outshot and ultimately outplayed the Bruins to the point where Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron admitted that his team was watching Detroit for the majority of the game.
“I think that we just need to play our game, which we didn’t tonight,” Bergeron said. “We were watching. We know they are a puck possession team, still doesn’t matter usually you put pressure on them and they can’t play they game they want to play. We were watching for too long…Especially against a team like Detroit …we said before the game that it was a good measuring stick for us. You couldn’t even tell … it wasn’t our team playing tonight.”
But there were little to no excuses being thrown around after the game. For the most part, players took the full blame, including Rask who let in some “soft” pucks in the first two period–even one that bounced off his body and into his own net.
“Yeah, next game is coming pretty quick so you can’t start to think about what happened,” Rask said. “Obviously, you have to recognize the mistakes that you made and move on. That’s the only thing you can do.”
While goaltending was in part, reason why they lost, it was by no means the only reason. The Bruins offense also looked like it was taking a break, despite a goal by David Krejci late in the first period. This is the first time all season that the Bruins have lost by more than a three-goal margin and their largest margin of loss since October of 2009 where they lost 6-1 to Anaheim.
Rask was pulled from net before the third period, and Tim Thomas took the spot between the pipes. As of now, it is unclear who will start on Sunday in Michigan. Las time Rask was pulled from a game early, Julien had him starting the next, but at this point, Julien isn’t even sure what he will be doing.
“Well, the game’s just been over and I don’t think I’ve made that decision yet,” Julien said. “I think we have to look at situations, but we keep saying that over and over, we need Tuukka to come in and give Timmy [Thomas] some rest and we need Tuukka to play well because we know he can play well.”
Regardless of who will be in net for the Bruins, the team is certain they need to produce a lot more than they did tonight in order to regain confidence and respect.
“Yeah it’ll be interesting–interesting to see how we respond,” goalie Tim Thomas said. “We’ve always responded well in the past to these types of challenges. I’d imagine Sunday we’re looking to get a modicum of respect back, from the Red Wings, too. Probably the way we played tonight, they don’t have too high of an opinion of our game either.”