Saturday, October 5, 2013

Game 2: Detroit Red Wings, Division Rival?

It has been decades since hockey fans were allowed to say that phrase. Saturday night featured the renewal of one of the most classic rivalries in all of sports. The Boston Bruins played host to the Detroit Red Wings in an "Original Six" match-up. 

Both teams were coming into this game unbeaten, although the Red Wings had played one more game than the Bruins. Regardless, something had to give. Detroit plays a very finesse style of hockey while Boston plays the hard-hitting style. If the Bruins expose their opponent in that way, then it will be a long season for the Red Wings.

Let's start with the first game of the season between these stellar squads. 

Well, in this game there was not really much to debate. This night belonged to the Bruins as they knocked off the Red Wings by a score of 4-1. The power play unit was responsible for two of the goals. This was an element of the B's game that they were hoping to improve as the season went along. With two games down, they are handling themselves quite well.

There is one developing story that we should keep an eye on. If and when Carl Soderberg returns from his injury, will he be slotted right into the lineup? Jordan Caron has played solid in the first two games and has earned his spot on the roster. Either way, it will be an interesting situation. 

The Bruins will play their next game on Thursday night when they wrap up their three-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche. 

Gold Star: Torey Krug...He is becoming the power play "magician" for this team. He racked up a goal and an assist with the man advantage.

Black Star: Patrice Bergeron...He was under 50% from the face-off dot and was blanked across the board in all offensive categories. 

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