BSJ Game Report: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2 (OT) – B’s close trip with 4 of 8 possible points

Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:



B’s gutting out points despite slew of injuries: Are you a glass-half-empty or a glass-half-full kind of person? Depending on your viewpoint, the Bruins’ four-game, nine-day road trip was a squandered chance to stay afloat in the uber-competitive Atlantic Division — with Boston only clinching four of a possible eight points on the jaunt out west. Or perhaps, given the number of injuries to Boston’s blue line and Patrice Bergeron, securing points in three of four games is a victory in and of itself — a sign of this club’s resiliency despite rolling out a lineup teeming with AHL talent and seemingly nonstop lineup shuffling.

For now, Boston should at least take the positives out of not completely capsizing following the losses of Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. But the Black and Gold are going to need players like Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy and John Moore to get back into the fold soon, because eking one win over teams like Arizona and one-point outings against Dallas are not going to come against teams on the horizon like the Maple Leafs.

Bruins survive another injury scare: On a night in which Kevan Miller finally returned from a 13-game absence, the Black and Gold still went through what seems like a daily injury scare, with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson missing close to 15 minutes of ice time after taking a puck to the face. Forsbacka Karlsson, who scored his second goal of the season just minutes before a shot from Dylan Larkin bounced off his stick and into his face, missed most of the second half of the middle stanza before returning with five minutes eclipsed in the third.

Forsbacka Karlsson will sport a couple of stitches for the next couple of days, but it’s a rare break for the Bruins given their lack of bodies at the pivot as of late.