BSJ Game Report: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1 – B’s finally snap losing streak against Detroit

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

Box Score


B’s snap out of funk against Detroit:

Through the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s matinee at TD Garden, the Bruins managed to land 19 shots on goal against Red Wings netminder Jonathan Bernier. Detroit countered with just six shots against Tuukka Rask. 

And yet, as Boston and Detroit retreated to their respective dressing rooms at the first intermission, the Red Wings held a 1-0 lead — with Darren Helm opening the scoring for the visitors off of a shorthanded tally just 3:12 into the contest.

It was a tough break for the B’s, one that’s been par for the course for Boston when it comes to its struggles against a Detroit team currently sitting at the bottom of the NHL standings with a 14-42-4 record.

But Detroit’s stretch of good luck against the B’s — and its five-game winning streak against the Original Six club — finally dried up as Saturday’s game progressed. Boston erased its one-goal deficit in short order, tallying three goals in the span of 4:29 in the second en route to an eventual 4-1 victory.

With the win, Boston has now won eight out of its last nine games and improves to 36-11-12 on the season. The B’s dominated the cellar-dwelling Wings for most of the afternoon when it comes to puck possession — with Boston holding a 31-22 edge in scoring chances and 41-26 advantage in shots on goal. 

After Charlie McAvoy finally put Boston on the board at 8:01 in the second, the floodgates finally opened against Bernier, who finished with 37 saves in the loss. Just 1:39 after McAvoy’s second tally of the season, Patrice Bergeron gave the B’s the lead for good off of a shorthanded strike, while Charlie Coyle added some insurance off a tip in of a McAvoy shot at 12:30. 

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak closed out the scoring in the final period of play, with Pastrnak capping off an odd-man rush with his 42nd goal of the season. Rask extended his point streak at home to 20 straight games (14-0-6), with the netminder closing out in the afternoon with 25 stops. 


Charlie Coyle: When Coyle plays as he did on Saturday afternoon,