Teams are allowed an 'off' day every now and then.
Wednesday night in Detroit was one of those games for the Bruins.
The Red Wings walloped the B's 6-1 at Joe Louis Arena, totally dominating Boston from start to finish.
The B's were never really in the game from the start. The Wings jumped out to the early 1-0 at 11:49 of the first off the stick of Justin Abdelkader. The B's only mustered seven shots on net in the first.
In the second, the Wings blew the game wide open, scoring three times in four minutes to drop the curtains on the night. Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall all scored, putting the B's down 4-0 after 40. The B's were even worse getting rubber on Jonas Gustavsson, recording only three total in the period.
The Wings added two more in the third, getting up 6-0 before Jarome Iginla put the B's on the board late in the period with a garbage time tally.
Many figured Tuukka Rask would be pulled after the second, allowing him to get some rest before playing the Rangers on Black Friday. But Claude Julien didn't go to Chad Johnson on the bench, giving Rask the rest of the game to play out.
Claude Julien should make like Bill Parcells and bury a hockey puck in the ice and declare this game versus the Wings 'dead' and to move on Friday.
It'll be interesting, nay, very interesting to see what Julien had to say to the team between periods. We'll have to wait for the next episode of 'Behind the B' for the footage.
A few of the B's to record a -2 on the night include Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuck, Doug Hamilton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson.