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Following the Boston Bruins’ embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, it was pretty clear the B’s needed to score more and be scored on less. In Sunday’s away game of the weekend home-and-home series, Boston accomplished just that, but not to the degree they needed, losing 4-2.
The Bruins started off strong with a goal scored by Tyler Seguin (just 1:29 into the game), who made his first start after being benched in favor of Zach Hamill for two games. Todd Bertuzzi, who wound up with two goals for the second straight game, scored his first of the day just five minutes later to tie the game at one-all after Brad Marchand made an uncharacteristic turnover in the defensive zone to give Bertuzzi the easy one-on-one match up against Tim Thomas, who made 32 saves on 36 shots. However, Marchand seemed to make up for the error by putting away Michael Ryder’s feed on the power play with just under eight minutes left in the second period.
However, Detroit came out of the locker room in a dominating fashion, outshooting the Bruins 19-6 in the middle frame, notching two goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper to take a 3-2 lead. After two periods, the Red Wings had just under two shots for every Bruins’ shot, holding a 29-15 advantage, leaving it all up to Thomas to keep the Bruins in the game, which he did until Bertuzzi netted his second goal of the day and fourth in two games against the Bruins with less than seven minutes left in the game.
With their second straight loss, the Bruins fall to 31-18-7, one point ahead of the Montréal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead with a game in hand. They remain in third place in the Eastern Conference and look to pick up two points against another division opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden.