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Simon Gagne made his first appearance as a Boston Bruin after signing a one-year, $600,000 contract on Tuesday. Tonight was also Gagne’s 800th career NHL game. Krejci put the Bruins up 1-0 early into the first, scoring on a partial breakaway after a nice pass from Chris Kelly. The Wings were able to tie it up shortly after, with Tatar putting it home after a very lucky bounce. Brad Marchand drew an interference penalty on Niklas Kronwall, sending the Bruins on the power play, which the Bruins were unable to capitalize on. With a little less than three minutes left in the first, Daniel Paille was called for roughing and the Bruins successfully killed the penalty. The first period ended with the score still knotted 1-1, with the Bruins outshooting the Wings 13-3.
Tuukka Rask made a huge save on a Luke Glendening breakaway after a Krejci turnover to start the second period. Glendening was unable to get the puck between Rask’s legs as Rask used his blocker to make the save. The best chance early in the second came from a sleek pass from Bergeron to Marchand that was robbed by a sprawling Howard. Carl Soderberg was sent to the box for roughing, but the Wings were unable to capitalize on the power play. Dougie Hamilton sent a pass across to the ice as Soderberg exited the box, but Soderberg was unable to finish. With a little less than seven minutes left in the second, Patrice Bergeron attempted a wraparound that saw the puck bouncing off of Howard to Reilly Smith, who promptly put the Bruins up 2-1. Milan Lucic was called for tripping after diving for a puck and getting caught in Danny DeKeyser’s skates, and the penalty was killed. Krejci came up huge with a block on Kronwall, sending the puck up-ice in a 2-on-1 with Eriksson, but they were unable to capitalize. The period came to a close with the Bruins up 2-1.
Towards the end of the second period, Bergeron took a slap shot to the foot and was checked out in between periods, but returned to take the faceoff at the start of the third. 1:29 into the third, McQuaid was called for interference, sending the Bruins on the penalty kill for the fourth time. The Wings were able to tie the game up with 33 seconds left in the power play as Gustav Nyquist beat Rask at the post. Nyquist was called for holding Dougie Hamilton, sending the Bruins to their second power play of the game, which they were unable to capitalize on. Shortly after, Johan Franzen was called for hooking on Chara, and the Bruins were sent on another power play, but once again, they were unable to score. Gagne stripped the puck and sent it to Paille along the left wing, who fired but hit the post. The Bruins started to show some urgency in the final seconds of the third, but Howard was able to stop Hamilton, Gagne and Krejci, sending the game into OT.
With 40 second left in OT, Bergeron was sent to the box for hooking against Brendan Smith, though an embellishment penalty probably should have been called against Smith. The shootout saw David Krejci and Reilly Smith score in the shoot out, winning the game for the Bruins.
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