Morning Free Association: January 19

Hey, Bruins, when you decide to only play one real period of the game, take off one entirely, and most of the third how exactly did you think you were going to win the game?


Frank Vatrano scored at 44 seconds. Detroit challenges whether or not Marchand had control of the puck while transporting it into Detroits zone. Detroit lost challenge.

On the penalty kill, Brandon Carlo scores a shirt-handed goal at 2:27.

Frank Vatrano is 2/3 of the way to a hat trick when he scores again at 8:50. Jared Coreau goes to the bench, Mrazek comes in to the game.

Then Detroit had to ruin it. At 15:32 Dylan Larkin scores

Patrice Bergeron tries to make up for it by scoring a PPG at 19:01 .

Bruins lead 4-1 after taking 19 shots to Red Wings’ 7.


This is the period in which it all falls apart. At 4:21 Xavier Ouellet scores for the Red Wings. Just over 5 1/2 minutes later, at 9:54  Andreas Anathasiou lights the lamp for Detroit. After two unanswered goals, you would think the Bruins would shift into gear. Nope.  Tatar ties it on a breakaway when Carlo wiped out along the boards. Tuukka thought he sealed the five-hole, but the puck slipped through.

Adam McQuaid scores his first of the year to take lead back.

Bruins only had 4 SOG for the period, to the Wings’ 8.


Lots of back and forth but the Bruins aren’t quite playing well. With 2:40 to go, David Pastrnak gets a roughing penalty for pulling on Justin Abdelkader while Anthony Mantha pulled him, resulting in  Abdelkader on the ice.

Lucky that the penalty was killed off.


Neither team scores 3-on-3. Frank Vatrano was called for holding with 12 seconds to go. Bruins kill it off with Zdeno Chara’s first appearance during the five-minute interval.

The shootout happens. Brad Marchand nets one for the Bruins, but the Red Wings get two.

Even though the team walks away with the loser point, it’s very likely that a coaching change will be happening in the near future. The team continued its inconsistent play in a game that they dominated in the first period. It’s the other two that they need work on.

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