The Bruins and Flyers are facing off in Boston in Saturday afternoon and the day started with some fireworks when Matt Beleskey and Brandon Manning decided to fight right in front of the Philadelphia net.
It did not go very well for Manning, as he was dropped with a massive right from Beleskey.
For Beleskey, that was his third fighting major of the season while it is the sixth time Manning dropped the gloves.
The Bruins enter the game with wins in eight of their past 11 games while the Flyers are trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive after winning just 12 of their past 34 games.
The Detroit Red Wings are all but out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and it’s starting to look like the wheels are falling off.
Detroit has now dropped all four games they’ve played this month (Flames, Oilers, Leafs, Bruins), but they’ve been particularly bad in losses to Toronto and Boston in the last two days.
On Tuesday, they fell behind 3-0, but managed to make the score respectable because Gustav Nyquist was able to beat Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen twice. But there was nothing respectable about the score (6-1) in last night’s game against the Bruins.
The Wings were down 4-0 after the opening frame and it was 5-0 early in the second period.
“I don’t think (the Bruins) are working hard enough for getting chances against us,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg, per the Detroit Free Press. “We are way too easy to play against. Guys just skating by us in the neutral zone, not winning battles in our own end. Turn the puck over again. Can’t play like that.”
Maybe this is what the Red Wings front office had in mind when they traded Thomas Vanek, Brendan Smith and Steve Ott last week, but this kind of losing can’t be easy for veterans like Zetterberg or Niklas Kronwall, who scored Detroit’s only goal last night.
Things won’t get much easier for Detroit this weekend. They’ll host two tough opponents in the Blackhawks (Friday) and the Rangers (Sunday).
Things should get interesting next week, as they’ll be able to stack themselves up against Colorado (twice) and Arizona. The Wings are last in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve still accumulated 61 points in 65 games, while Colorado has just 39 in 65 and Arizona has 53 in the same number of games.
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.
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):
So far, the Boston Bruins have been trending up with Bruce Cassidy behind the bench, but they’ve also lost two of their last three.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs nipping at their heels for third in the Atlantic, the Bruins host the fading Detroit Red Wings, who lost to said Maple Leafs last night.
So, yes, this is one of those games that could really come back to bite the Bruins … but for a team in the “cellar,” the Red Wings still have some potential as spoilers.
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