There really is something truly special about matinee hockey.
It is hard to put a finger on it. Whether it is the ruckus of the crowd jam packed with kids as they enjoy a day off from school or just the overall atmosphere of the TD Garden ice glowing on an afternoon. The Boston Bruins thrive on playing hockey during the day.
However, that was not always the case. The B's used to have a poor record in matinee games. They are off to a good start so far this season as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon and hoped to continue that trend on Monday. They were in action against the Detroit Red Wings, a team that they had already beaten last week.
In the first period and throughout the duration of this game, the Bruins had several opportunities to put this game away. In fact, not only did they have the better scoring chances but they recorded more power play time than the Red Wings.
That turned out to be not enough. The Red Wings took this game by a score of 3-2. They held a 3-1 lead at one point and the Bruins cut the lead in half on a late goal by Milan Lucic. However, it was too little, too late. Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, and Daniel Cleary were the goal scorers for Detroit.
The Bruins will head back on the road Thursday night when they travel to Florida to take on the Panthers.
Gold Star: Loui Eriksson...He seems to be finding his scoring touch. He has recorded goals in each of his last two games and his solid play on both sides of the ice is immense.
Black Star: Brad Marchand...He really has looked shaky at both ends of the ice in the early stages of this season. He was bumped down to the third line in this game in favor of Reilly Smith. Maybe this will be a move that will turn his game around.