Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins
3-2, Red Wings (SO)
Goals: Valtteri Filppula (Detroit), Daniel Paille (Boston), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Patrice Bergeron (Boston); in the shootout, Pavel Datsyuk, Nathan Horton (Boston), Todd Bertuzzi (Detroit)
Goalies: Jimmy Howard (.953%), Tuukka Rask (.935%)
There were some benefits to having a Bruins game on NBC. (Strike me down right now for my heresy, I know.) NBC has tons of money, so they have a plethora of neat things at their disposal, such as the isocam that followed Tyler Seguin and Pavel Datsyuk around during the game, or the small features about Tim Thomas and Nicklas Lidstrom before the game. Of course, part of the idea behind today’s game was introducing a new tradition NBC wants to start, and they did quite a lot of advertising for another marquee hockey game (the Winter Classic), so they’ll roll out all the bells and whistles for that, but still it was nice. (Although not perfect; see other sections.)
Okay, so. This kid (again with the kid thing; I’m not even five years older than him), even though he didn’t get on the board today, sure as heck tried. He even ended up in the net at one point. Not only does this reflect his continued sophomore-year success, but he intends to stay in Boston. He said in the interview this photo is from that he would like to live in Boston for the rest of his life. Maybe he was inspired by teammate and fellow Canadian transplant Shawn Thornton. But hey, you know what? Please stay, Tyler. You’re a talent. Boston is made all the better with your presence.
Now, the game. We started out with a lot of really good chances in the first period and got a lot of really good shots on Jimmy Howard. It was just converting them to goals that was hard. There’s a reason a popular photo among Red Wings fans is of Howard’s face superimposed on a brick wall. It wasn’t for lack of trying, that’s for sure: we ended the game with 43 shots on goal.
The depth of our talent was exemplified when current cage-wearer and fourth liner Daniel Paille scored a wonderfully-executed little goal to get Boston on the board. Paille also attempted a breakaway that almost connected.
Also, it is time for my obligatory “Patrice Bergeron did something, yay” celebration.
It was even better yet when the announcers mentioned Bergeron as a potential Selke winner.
Also, we managed to take Detroit all the way to a shootout and earned a point from this Black Friday outing even though we lost. Yes, we lost our winning streak, but honestly it’s better to lose such a streak to a team like Detroit instead of potentially losing it against…urgh. Moving swiftly on.
NBC, what, what, what are you doing? Could you please frame Detroit as the angels of the NHL and Boston as the big meanies any more aggressively? I lost count of how many times their announcers reminded us of penalty minutes tallied, whether for specific players or the entire team. That doesn’t mean anything besides the fact that yes, sometimes Boston will play rough; they’re not called the big bad Bruins for nothing. (Or sometimes the fact that the refs just seem like they don’t want us to win.) New fans might think that more penalty minutes = bad when it doesn’t have to.
On that same note, did they always have to cut to commercials when a penalty was called? Sometimes I’d like to see what happens and a replay of the offense committed instead of a part of the chyron saying “so and so got this penalty.” They also seemed to be in the wrong place whenever physicality was blossoming–although they didn’t allow much to happen. Seems like Thornton was pretty mad at a Red Wing, but never got a chance to get his revenge since he wasn’t ever out on the ice at the same time as his target. If this game had been on NESN, they would not dare cut away!
I continue to express my concern over the first line. There were some times when they had fantastically good chances, but whiffed on the shot or just plain messed up and nothing came of it. (When the puck got stuck between Nathan Horton‘s feet at the top of the third and he didn’t realize it for a few seconds…cringe.) Yes, Horton assisted on Paille’s goal and tallied Boston’s only shootout goal, but I still feel the first line is struggling while the second line is flourishing.
Hey, the Bruins are supposed to be the ones who score twice in less than a minute! Not a Detroit goal 35 seconds after a Boston one! (We haven’t been doing the ba-boom, ba-boom as often either. I wouldn’t mind a return to that, if only to get Jack Edwards in a lather.)
I should not be such a Doubting Thomasina, and I absolutely refuse to indulge in any of the nonsense “Trade Tuukka” talk, but I do sort of feel like Thomas should’ve played today and Rask could play tomorrow. You could tell NBC wanted Thomas to play because of all the mentioning they did of him. Yes, we did take them all the way to the shootout. And yes, I continue to like Rask; that won’t change. I just feel like Thomas could take on the bigger challenge of Detroit and Rask would easily handle the, er, less challenging Winnipeg. But I’m not Handsome Ralph, so what do I know?
vs. Winnipeg Jets
Okay, today I decided I am going to watch this game after all for two reasons: 1. I have a perfect attendance record of watching Bruins games and this is pretty much the first perfect attendance record I’ve ever tallied (I often missed school days as a kid) so why break it now? 2. Perhaps watching this will be therapeutic to me. I’m not sure. Either way, there’s alcohol in our fridge.