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The Bruins kicked off the first period facing great offensive pressure from Detroit, going seven minutes without a shot on net. With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg off for interference, the Bruins effectively killed their penalty. The Bruins were able to strike first, with Patrice Bergeron burying the puck over Jimmy Howard’s shoulder glove side. Bergeron’s goal was also the team’s first shot on goal for the period. Late in the first Daniel Paille was pushed into Howard and was called for interference. Brad Marchand got a nice breakaway but was unable to finish, with Howard making a glove save. The Bruins killed the penalty to close out the first.
Early in the second, Henrik Zetterberg went off for interference and Brad Marchand went off for embellishment. Shortly after, Tomas Tatar went off to tripping, sending the Bruins to a brief 4-on-3 power play. Niklas Kronwall sent Bergeron awkwardly into the boards, and while it was a clean hit, Bergeron went down the tunnel shortly after. Danny DeKeyser fired the puck from center and it deflected off Justin Abdelkader in front past Rask to tie the game. Jakub Kindl was called for interference against Paille and the Bruins were put on the power play. Rask made an outrageous between the knees save to keep the game tied, with the puck teetering the line. Shortly after Bergeron’s return to the ice he was called for slashing, sending the Bruins on the kill once again. Gustav Nyquist was able to finish for the Wings, putting them up 2-1 late in the third.
Early in the third, Brendan Smith was called for slashing, sending the Bruins on the power play. The Bruins were unable to produce without a single shot on net throughout the two minutes. Dougie Hamilton laid a beautiful open-ice hit on Abdelkader, stirring up the crowd. With a little over two minutes left in the third, Franzen heads to the box for an elbow against Bergeron. Rask was pulled to get the extra skater advantage. A little over a minute into the power play, Chara was called for goaltender interference, and the Red Wings took the game 2-1.
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