The Boston Bruins offense struggled for much of the game, but they found their scoring touch in the third period and rallied to overcome two 1-goal deficits to defeat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.
On a snowy night in Detroit in a half-filled Little Ceasars Arena, the Bruins came from behind to hand the Red Wings, who have won one of their past 11 games, an overtime loss. The win is the Bruins 15th of the year to go with 9 losses and 4 overtime losses and gives the Bs 34 points, and solidifies their hold on third place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings fall to 11-13-7 for 29 points and they are in sixth place in the Atlantic.
The game had been a slog for much of the first two periods as the Red Wings defense was active and aggressive on the puck and very accurate with their sticks in passing and shooting lanes. It seemed every time the Bruins wound up to shoot or pass a Red Wing stick or skate was in the way.
However, the Bruins would find their scoring touch early in the third period and turn this ugly game into a thrilling back and forth contest that would go to ovetime before it was settled.
Tukka Rask played marvelously, stopping 31 of 33 shots and making several huge safes late in the game to keep the Bruins in it. Teh top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak did what they get paid to do, stop the other team’s top line and score. Contributions from the fourth line played abig role and having the odd-man advantage also proved instrumental to both teams as the game played out.
The win maintains the Bruins winning ways, and the loss for Detroit keeps them in their slumping ways.