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Krejci, Marchand trigger Bruins’ lopsided win over Red Wings

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It wasn’t just Jared Coreau.

The Boston Bruins dominated the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, ultimately beating them 6-1.

You could argue that the game might have already been in the bag once the Bruins chased Coreau with a 3-0 a little more than midway through the first period, but things were pretty rough for Petr Mrazek, who also allowed three goals.

David Krejci‘s strong performance might have been the most promising sign for the Bruins overall. He generated two goals and one assist with a +4 rating.

Other standouts with two-point nights included Drew Stafford, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara.

Stafford seems revitalized thanks to this change of scenery (and generally the opportunity to play with some talented Bruins linemates), but if Krejci can be more of a factor, Boston could be onto something interesting.

They’ve certainly played well under new head coach Bruce Cassidy, and even if they haven’t been able to climb over Montreal or Ottawa in the Atlantic, this surge makes a return to the playoffs seem increasingly likely.

Bruins bring night of woe to Coreau with three quick goals

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It had been quite some time since Jared Coreau started for the Detroit Red Wings. It might be quite a while before he does so again.

In his first appearance since Feb. 12, Coreau allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled in 13:32 of action, making way for workhorse Petr Mrazek. Total blame can’t go to Coreau alone – Danny DeKeyser was exposed during the first two goals, depending upon who you ask – but that’s an abysmal start.

The first two tallies came in especially rapid succession.

Considering the fact that the Red Wings recalled Jimmy Howard today, you’d think that Coreau’s days (hours?) are numbered.

Drew Stafford‘s 3-0 goal ended Coreau’s night, while David Krejci and Brad Marchand started the scoring with some nifty bits of work.

Check out the Stafford goal, which was the last straw for coach Jeff Blashill (who’s sporting quite the shiner tonight):

High-scoring Wild light up the Red Wings

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Every time the Detroit Red Wings inched closer, the high-scoring Minnesota Wild once again pulled away.

For the Red Wings, this loss represents another blow to their playoff hopes, as they are in serious danger of seeing their streak of post-season appearances end at 25 consecutive years. Among the top-five teams in overall scoring, the Wild continued to pile up the goals in a 6-3 win, this time making a long afternoon for goalie Jared Coreau.

The Wild established two-goal leads four different times, with the Red Wings closing that gap on three occasions. But they couldn’t get the equalizer. More accurately, they couldn’t stop Minnesota’s potent offensive attack.

Helping matters — or hurting them, depending on your perspective — was the fact Minnesota’s power play scored three times on just four chances.

Last week, the terrific season of Mikael Granlund was discussed at PHT. At the age of 24, he’s going to shatter his previous career bests for goals and points in a single season. Well, you can make that same point for Charlie Coyle under Bruce Boudreau.

He entered today’s game with 42 points, which equals his previous career best accomplished over 82 games last season. This season? He needed only 54 games to hit that same point total. He has now established a new individual standard. On Sunday, he registered two more points, including Minnesota’s third goal of the afternoon.

But the big story from this game occurred in the first period. Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was given only a double minor for a vicious high-stick on Jared Spurgeon. Nyquist could be facing further discipline from the league’s Department of Player Safety.

Goalie Nods: Price looks to get Canadiens (and himself) back on track

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In recent years Carey Price has been the one consistent positive for the Montreal Canadiens.

No matter what was going wrong in front of him — a lack of offense, too many shots against, etc. — he has always found a way to rise up, put the team on his back, and steal a bunch of games.

For the past two months, however, that has not necessarily been the case for the Canadiens.

Price enters Sunday’s game in Boston — where he will be getting the start — with only an .898 save percentage since Dec. 1, which is currently the fourth-worst mark in the NHL during that stretch for goalies that have appeared in at least 20 games.

It is an unprecedented slump for a goaltender that, before December, had been nearly unbeatable whenever he was in the lineup for more than two years. Price can be the NHL’s greatest game-changer when he is on his game, and if the Canadiens are going to snap out of this recent funk that has seen them lose five out of their past six, they could really use a big game for Price on Sunday against a Boston team that is starting to score more goals in recent weeks.

After Anton Khudobin helped the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon, Tuukka Rask is back in the Boston net.

More: NHL on NBCSN: Bruins go for third win in a row against slumping Canadiens

Elsewhere on Sunday…

Martin Jones beat Cory Schneider in the San Jose-New Jersey game, while Devan Dubnyk went up against Jared Coreau in the Red Wings-Wild matchup.

Thomas Greiss gets the night off for the Islanders as Jean-Francois Berube gets the start against the Colorado Avalanche. Calvin Pickard is in the Avalanche net.

— The Predators and Stars have yet to announce their starting goalies.

— It will be Jacob Markstrom going for the Vancouver Canucks when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo will counter with Robin Lehner.

 

Goalie nods: Luongo gets surprise start after Reimer’s wife goes into labor

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James Reimer was supposed to start for the Florida Panthers tonight at home to Ottawa, but it will be Roberto Luongo instead after Reimer’s wife went into labor.

Interim coach Tom Rowe got a call from Reimer at 4 a.m. this morning informing him of the news.

“The baby is on the way I guess and he’s home,” said Rowe, per the Miami Herald.

The baby has since arrived:

Rowe had been hoping to ride the hot hand before the plan changed. Reimer was named first star in Thursday’s 2-1 OT victory over Tampa Bay, the Panthers’ last game before the All-Star break.

Not that Luongo has been playing all that poorly; he just hasn’t been getting the wins. The 37-year-old has an impressive .925 save percentage in January, but his record is a modest 2-4-1.

Who else but Mike Condon will start for the Senators.

Elsewhere…

Thomas Greiss, with a new contract extension, will start for the Islanders at home to Washington. Philipp Grubauer gets the assignment for the Caps, after Braden Holtby spent the weekend at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Henrik Lundqvist will try to stay hot for the Rangers against the visitors from Columbus. Joonas Korpisalo gets the nod for the Blue Jackets, after Sergei Bobrovsky represented the club in L.A.

Matt Murray and Pekka Rinne are expected in Pittsburgh when the Penguins host the Predators.

Tuukka Rask was in L.A. this weekend, but he’s expected to play anyway when the Bruins take on the Lightning tonight in Tampa. Ben Bishop will go for the Bolts.

— It’ll be Steve Mason versus Cam Ward when the Flyers and Hurricanes meet in Carolina.

— In Detroit, Cory Schneider for the Devils versus Jared Coreau for the Red Wings.

— Even though Connor Hellebuyck went into the break with a winning performance in Chicago, Ondrej Pavelec will start for the Winnipeg Jets tonight in St. Louis. For the Blues, it’ll be Jake Allen making his first start in two weeks.

Carey Price for the Canadiens versus Robin Lehner for the Sabres in Montreal.

— Frederik Anderson for the Maple Leafs versus Kari Lehtonen for the Stars in Dallas.

— Darcy Kuemper has allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts. He’ll get the nod for the Wild in Edmonton, where Cam Talbot will start for the Oilers.

— Skills competition hero Mike Smith will start for the Coyotes in Glendale. No official word on a starter for the Kings, but bet on Peter Budaj.

Calvin Pickard for the Avalanche versus John Gibson for the Ducks in Anaheim.

— A couple of All Stars square off in San Jose, where it’ll be Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks versus Martin Jones for the Sharks.