Morning Free Association: January 25

A fully stocked Bruins roster (seriously, everyone’s back from injury) took on an injury-depleted Red Wings team at the Garden last night. Yes, this was the first time the Bruins are injury-free™ for the season. Both Millers returned to game action; Kevan has been out since he was concussed in the game against the Flyers January 14th; Colin Miller suffered a knee injury against the Blues on January 10th.

First:

Kevan Miller started off the scoring under 4 minutes into the period. Yes, Kevan not Colin. It was his first of the season and his first in 42 games.

Of course, Detroit has to ruin things. Andreas Athanasiou scored on a breakaway. It was the first SOG by the Wings.

Leave it to Brad to save the day. After Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson took a penalty for playing the puck with a broken stick (it was going to be a breakaway), the Bruins found themselves on the power play. Spooner was instrumental in moving the puck around and Brad Marchand scored. His mom was proud because that moms trip is still a thing that’s happening.

Bruins lead 2-1.

Second:

Mike Green scores for the Wings at 6:25.

It’s getting worse. Brandon Carlo is confronted with a situation plays it wrong and Tuukka lets a soft one in from Tomas Tatar.

Red Wings lead 3-2.

Third:

Brad ties it up with his second goal of the night at 8:20. Detroit challenges it on goaltender interference. They lose their timeout. Game is tied, 3-3.

No other scores but plenty of scary moments during the remainder of the period.

OT:

For the most part the Bruins deployed only two defensemen during the 3-on-3, Krug and Carlo, while using 3 different sets of forwards (Krejci and Pasta, Brad and Bergy, Nash and Spooner). Spooner made a key poke in the defensive zone to prevent a goal. At 4:13 David Pastrnak nets one for the first time in 18 games and it’s the OT winner.

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