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2014 NHL Playoffs: Bruising Bruins tie series vs. Detroit with 4-1 Game 2 win

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The Red Wings didn't have an answer for Zdeno Chara and the Bruins' physical play in Game 2 (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Detroit didn’t have any answers for Zdeno Chara (33) and the Bruins’ physical play. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve 

A much more physical Bruins team evened its series with the resourceful Red Wings at one game apiece on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory. Boston scored a pair of power-play goals and outmuscled its smaller opponent all afternoon, reasserting itself as a tough, stubborn bunch. The Bruins, who lost Game 1 by a score of 1-0, haven’t been shut out in consecutive playoff games since Martin Brodeur of the Devils blanked them twice in 1995. On Sunday, Boston was clearly not in the mood to be blanked for a second straight game.

The Bruins, who took just 25 shots Game 1, unloaded 18 in the first period and made it a point to push Detroit around. The Wings are one of the NHL’s least physical teams and don’t often get pulled into scraps and scrums. Detroit uses its turn-the-other-cheek approach to draw cheap power plays against aggressive opponents, but Boston felt it hadn’t been physical enough the Red Wings on Friday. There was ample pushing and shoving after whistles on Sunday. As the first period ended, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Detroit’s Brendan Smith began tussling near center ice. The 6-foot-9 Chara challenged Smith, who wisely declined to go — he’s listed at seven inches shorter than Chara — but the message was clear: The Wings were in for a bumpy ride.

Here are some notes and observations from a rough and tough Game 2 at TD Garden:

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • 2014 NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings stun Boston Bruins in Game 1

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    By Brian Cazeneuve

    (Boston) — All week the talk had been that the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins were ripe for being taken down by a Detroit Red Wings squad that had scrambled to extend its franchise’s streak of playoff appearances, which now stands at 23.

    Well, here we go.

    The return of Detroit’s marvelous Pavel Datsyuk, even though he’s still working with a lingering knee injury, was widely cited as a possible series-changer, and sure enough he was the lone goal-scorer in Game 1, with only 3:01 left in regulation as the Red Wings neutralized Boston’s vaunted home ice advantage with a 1-0 win in a tightly contested defensive battle.

    “It’s a good start,” Datsyuk said after the game, ” but we know there are many tough games (ahead).”

    “I’ll take home-ice advantage any time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road … which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this.”

    Here are a few more observations from Friday’s game:

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

    Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

    April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Notable injuries

    Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

    Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: Trouble Bruin in Boston?; Detroit looks dangerous, more links

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    Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins

    Will Torey Krug and the rest of the Bruins’ young backliners hold up under playoff pounding? (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Bruins’ loss was their first in regulation in more than a month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons for concern ahead of the playoffs. Veteran scribe Kevin Dupont puts on his worryin’ hat and spells them out.

    • Boston has traded away two of the NHL’s top-five scorers during the past couple of seasons. That sort of talent drain would hobble some franchises, but the core of the Bruins’ succcess is prioritizing more important things than the scoring race.

    • The Detroit Red Wings reminded everyone that they’ll be a dangerous playoff opponent with an opportunistic win over Boston last night. The Wings were outplayed most of the night by the red-hot B’s, but used a terrific performance from Jimmy Howard and some timely offense to seal the victory late. When Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson are back to the mix, this team will look like a pit of vipers.

    • The Rangers are breathing easier after learning that Ryan McDonagh suffered no serious damage from that Alex Burrows hit. The only question now: when can he return to action?

    • The last thing Pittsburgh Penguins fans need to worry about is an apparent lack of passion as the season winds down, writes Joe Starkey.

    • If the stumbling Chicago Blackhawks needed a rallying cry ahead of the playoffs, they have one now.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Top Line: Canucks-Flames line brawl raises Code questions; more links

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    Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks screams at Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley.

    Canucks coach John Tortorella will sit for attempting to enter the Flames’ locker room. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Cam Cole says the 15-day suspension handed to Canucks coach John Tortorella proves the NHL only endorses on-ice mayhem, but some provocative questions were raised regarding The Code.

    • It’ll now be the Sully and Gully Show for Torts-less Vancouver.

    • Flames coach Bob Hartley took a $25,000 haircut for his decision to start Kevin Westgarth at center against the Canucks. Apparently, the league found that to be “provocative.”

    • Lost in all the post-brawl agitation: Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin will miss his first game in nearly 10 years tonight. That’s a 679-game iron-man streak coming to an end.

    • No surprise that Sidney Crosby would like to see Steven Stamkos healthy in time to skate for Canada in Sochi. What’s eye-catching about this piece is Sid’s take on why Stamkos has become so successful. Crosby’s thoughts on the snub of Martin St. Louis are interesting, too.

    • After last night’s 4-2 decision in Phoenix, the Maple Leafs have run their winning streak to five games, their longest in seven years. James Mirtle explains what’s going on.

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  • Published On Jan 21, 2014
  • Jimmy Howard out 2-4 weeks, may miss Winter Classic and Olympics

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    By Allan Muir

    The last time the Red Wings skated in the Winter Classic, they relied on their backup goaltender against an old rival.

    Looks like it could happen again when they face-off against the Maple Leafs at the Big House in Ann Arbor on New Year’s Day.

    Detroit GM Ken Holland confirmed this morning that Jimmy Howard suffered Grade 1 sprain of his MCL in practice on Wednesday. The injury could keep him out of the Wings’ lineup for 2-to-4 weeks, putting his participation in the Winter Classic at risk.

    MUIR: Injuries hurt Red Wings, but may be golden for HBO’s 24/7 series

    A lengthy stay on IR won’t help Howard’s chances to earn the No. 3 job for Team USA in Sochi, either. The Americans will announce their roster on Jan. 1, after the Winter Classic. Howard hadn’t done his candidacy any favors during the last month (2-4-5, .903 save percentage), but his experience and personality had kept him in the running.

    Now? The best-case scenario for him would be a return in time for Detroit’s games on Dec. 28 in Florida and Dec. 30 in Nashville. If Howard heals any slower than that, his Olympic audition is over.

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  • Published On Dec 13, 2013
  • Zetterberg, Howard injuries tough on Red Wings, but gold for HBO’s 24/7

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    By Allan Muir

    The timing couldn’t be worse for the struggling Red Wings.

    Goalie Jimmy Howard is dinged up. Stephen Weiss is out indefinitely with a groin injury. And leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg, suffering through a herniated disc, has been moved to long-term IR to create roster space for third-string goalie Petr Mrazek, a move that ensures the star forward can return to action no earlier than Dec. 28.

    And maybe worst of all: Detroit is coming off back-to-back losses to the lowly Panthers.

    MUIR: Howard may miss Winter Classic, Olympics

    This exactly isn’t the image the proud Red Wings franchise wanted to showcase on HBO’s 24/7: Road To The Winter Classic. Their star turn on major cable seems like it will be more akin to showing up for picture day with a black eye and couple of missing teeth.

    But while Detroit might be stumbling toward its Jan. 1 meeting with the Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, the injuries could be gold for the producers of 24/7.

    “The nature of reality TV is you follow reality,” says Heather Muir, cast producer for The Bachelor Canada and Big Brother Canada (and, for the sake of full disclosure, my wildly successful kid sister).

    “You report on events as they reveal themselves,” she says. “I never say something is good or bad until after the experience has occurred, but it is more story to follow.”

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 6

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    Josh Harding's play in Minnesota ought to be turning heads on Team Canada's selection committee. (Alex Brandon/AP)

    Josh Harding’s play in Minnesota ought to be turning heads on Team Canada’s selection committee. (Alex Brandon/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Nov. 13)

    Team USA

    1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    As Mike Harrington wrote in the Buffalo News this morning, Miller has to be having the greatest season in NHL history for a guy with a 3.28 GAA. The Sabres may have collapsed around him, but he’s back in 2010 Superman mode. The rest of the world should be very worried. (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Nov 13, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 4

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    Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

    Jonathan Quick hasn’t been consistently sharp, but he’s the best of a shaky US bunch. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Oct. 30)

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    Team USA

    1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    He needed to get back into the groove after he allowed four goals against the Coyotes last Thursday night, but the woeful Oilers didn’t offer much of a test, sending just 18 shots his way. “He’s probably their guy,” a scout informed me last week, “but they’d probably feel a little better if he’d string a couple of good ones together.” (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Oct 30, 2013
  • Wings’ Jimmy Howard wears pink gear for Breast Cancer Awareness Night

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    Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard showed his support for breast cancer awareness and held off the Flyers with his pink gear on Saturday.

    Jimmy Howard showed support for breast cancer awareness and held off the Flyers with his pink gear on Saturday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

    By Michael Blinn

    It’s been said that it takes a real man to wear pink, and one has to think he’s even manlier when he’s wearing it from head-to-toe while stopping 100-mph slapshots.

    Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard donned a special set of his Vaughn Iceberg series pads and gloves, customized in pink to go with his similarly-themed mask as Detroit celebrated it’s seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.  The netminder made good use of his new gear, stopping 32 shots in the Wings’ 5-2 win over the Flyers. Read More…

  • Published On Oct 13, 2013