…because they needed some wings.
Last night’s game had many storylines. First among them is that there are apparently two versions of the Red Wings, dependent upon whether or not their captain, Dylan Larkin, is in the lineup. Another narrative involves the other captain, the sainted Patrice Bergeron, what he did and what the team did when he ended up in the penalty box. Then there was the tale of the penalties: both teams had plenty but one continually capitalized.
Dylan Larkin missed his second game in a row due to a personal matter. If you are inclined to listen to Jack Edwards, Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill laid into his team for not showing up the game before. Well, I guess he’ll lay into his team again after this game since the had a total of 15 shots on goal. That’s not a lot. Only one of them made it past the goal line during a 5-on-3 advantage. First year player Lucas Raymond got the Wings on the board.
The real story is Patrice Bergeron and his 4 goals, a hat trick + 1. His first three goals were on the power play; the Wings committed 5 infractions of which the Bruins power play converted 3. Patrice Bergeron started the night with no goals on the season and ended up tied for the team lead.
— NHL (@NHL) November 5, 2021
Patrice Bergeron really went from zero goals to tied for the team-lead with 4.
— Evan Marinofsky (@EvanMarinofsky) November 5, 2021
"Honestly, I think it’s one of those things where I have been in the league long enough to know it’s going to come back, right? So I think I have the experience that I can rely on." — Patrice Bergeron on being witout a goal before tonight pic.twitter.com/S4pi5kbPa2
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 5, 2021
I think it’s obvious how the penalties fit in there.
One thing I never thought I’d see was a player who lost a helmet try to get into a play and hit a Bruins player on his way back to the bench. The officials thought he needed to sit for two minutes for that crap. He even protested about being sent there. IT HAS BEEN A RULE SINCE THE 2019-20 SEASON! YOU LEAVE THE ICE WHEN YOUR HELMET COMES OFF! Anyway, a Bruins fan let him have it.
— Mr. Tenkrat (@PeterTenkrat) November 4, 2021
Last but not least, Mike Reilly scored short-handed. Curtis Lazar broke away down the ice with Reilly behind him to clean up. Together they restored the 3 goals lead 24 seconds after Raymonds.
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) November 5, 2021
The B’s won 5-1. Next up: the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday night.