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BSJ Game Report: Red Wings 4, Bruins 2 – Bruins’ slow start, sluggish execution doom them against worst team in NHL

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Red Wings in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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B’s suffer worst loss of season: If there was ever an opponent that the Bruins would want to face after suffering their first regulation loss in close to a month, it’d have to be this lowly Red Wings bunch, who entered Friday’s game with the “distinction” of being dead last in the NHL in goals scored per game (2.06) and first in goals allowed per game (4.00).

Boston seemed ready to throw its weight around against this rebuilding club after David Krejci beat Jonathan Bernier just 1:09 into the contest — but things quickly went downhill at Little Caesars Arena. 

Less than two minutes after Krejci put Boston on the board, Dylan Larkin fired in a puck that deflected past Tuukka Rask for the equalizer, while a power-play tally from Robby Fabbri gave Detroit the lead at 11:49 in the first. 

Add another power-play strike from Fabbri at 1:30 in the second stanza, and what looked like a regular deficit for Boston in a rival barn quickly devolved into a dogfight for two points. And even though Torey Krug managed to get Boston within one goal later in the second period, the Bruins’ slow start and overall lack of execution throughout the night ultimately allowed a Red Wings club with just one regulation win in its last 13 games to hand Boston its second straight regulation loss. It’s going to be a long flight back to Boston after a stinker like this. 

Cassidy throws lines into a blender: You knew it was going to be a weird night at the rink when Steven Kampfer took to the ice and skated alongside Chris Wagner and Sean Kuraly during warmups.