Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings

Discuss: Red Wings come back, hold on to defeat Bruins

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The Detroit Red Wings needed two points. They got them.

The Red Wings fell behind the Boston Bruins by a goal early in the third period, but got a pair of pretty goals from Tomas Jurco and Gustav Nyquist just one minute and 42 seconds apart to come back and then had to hold on for a thrilling 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

Let’s Discuss:

  • The win gives the Red Wings 86 points now on the season, which helps improve their standing in the Eastern Conference Wild Card and playoff race. Keep in mind, the Red Wings are looking for their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance, which would extend their franchise record.
  • Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had to be good early. The Bruins, playing on the road, held a distinct advantage in shots, outshooting their opponents 25-11 after two periods. He made 33 saves on the night.
  • With the two teams still scoreless, the Bruins had a goal waved off late in the first period on a questionable goaltending interference call. The controversy didn’t last long. Johnny Boychuk gave Boston the lead about nine seconds later after the faceoff.
  • Bit of a scary moment in the second period, as Red Wings’ forward Jurco ran Boychuk hard from behind into the glass. Jurco received only a minor penalty for boarding, while Boychuk remained in the game.
  • Jurco, of course, tied the game just past the midway point of the third period.
  • The Bruins had their road winning streak snapped at nine games.
  • No Jarome Iginla for the Bruins in this one. He sat out with a lower-body ailment, making it the first game he’s missed because of injury in seven years.

Video: Red Wings’ Jurco penalized for running Bruins’ Boychuk from behind

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There was a concerning moment for the Boston Bruins in the second period of Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Bruins’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk was hit hard from behind into the glass by Red Wings’ forward Tomas Jurco with less than seven minutes remaining in the middle frame. Jurco, who has only 10 penalty minutes in 29 games for Detroit this season, was assessed a minor penalty on the play.

Boychuk, 30, remained in the game for the Bruins. The Boston blue liner had made a pass behind the net, with his back clearly turned to Jurco.

Jurco continued to follow through on his hit, driving Boychuk from behind in the boards.

Video: Bruins goal waved off after questionable goalie interference call

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Boston looked to have taken a 1-0 lead against Detroit on Wednesday night when Torey Krug converted on the B’s first power play of the game — but no.

Zdeno Chara was called for interfering with Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, a decision that, upon further review, was pretty questionable:

A few reactions from Twitter:

Any controversy surrounding the goal was quickly wiped out, though, as Johnny Boychuk scored moments later to give (or, re-give) Boston the lead:

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings

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The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for the fourth and final time this season tonight on NBCSN, but you can also watch via the live stream link below.

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Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Bruins, who finished March on a 15-0-1 run over their last 16 games, last lost in regulation on March 1 (4-2 vs. Washington), and last lost on the road on Feb. 26 (5-4 in overtime at Buffalo). Boston comes in riding a franchise record nine-game road win streak (outscoring their opponents 35-18) and a franchise record 16-game road point streak (13-0-3 record) dating back to Jan. 9 (4-2 at Los Angeles).

• The Red Wings have gone 5-1-1 at Joe Louis Arena since Mar. 7, but they remain the second-worst home team among all NHL teams currently in playoff position. Only the N.Y. Rangers (18-16-4) are worse. Tonight, the Wings face the best road team in the NHL, the Bruins, on their home ice.

• The NHL’s first (36-year-old Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla) and second (24-year-old Red Wings left winger Gustav Nyquist) stars for the month of March are meeting in this game.

• Iginla (560 goals) needs one goal to move past Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur (560) into a tie for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list with Mike Modano (561). With five goals in the Bruins’ last seven games, Iginla could also pass Hall of Famers Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin (564 each).

• Nyquist enters tonight’s game on a nine-game point streak (11-2—13), the longest by a Red Wings player since Henrik Zetterberg tallied points in 11 straight (6-10—16), Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011.

• Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has scored a goal in seven straight games. That streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2013) and is the longest for a Bruins player in one season since current team president Cam Neely scored in eight straight (Dec. 9-23, 1990). Elias Sports Bureau

• Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a career-high 49 saves for his 100th win Sunday at Philadelphia. Rask became the seventh Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history to hit the century mark in wins. He improved to 9-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 SV% and two shutouts in his last 10 starts. Tonight, he is expected to face Red Wings number-one goalie, Jimmy Howard, who is seeking career win #150.

• The Bruins (52-17-6, 110 pts.) have surpassed the 100-point mark for the third time in their last four seasons and fourth time in their last six. They need five wins and 11 points in their final seven games to match single-season franchise records for wins (57) and points (120), both set by the 1970-71 team. That team was upset in the opening round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, Montreal.

• The Red Wings have made the playoffs 22 consecutive seasons dating back to the 1990-91 season, the fifth longest postseason streak in NHL history and longest active streak in the league. The Bruins hold the record for the longest playoff streak in NHL history (29 seasons, 1967-68 through 1995-96).