February 12, 2011

B's bewildered, blown out by Wings

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins winger Brad Marchand. (Getty)

BOSTON -- After defeating the Montreal Canadiens 8-6 on Wednesday in a game overflowing with emotion, Friday's effort against the Red Wings was completely void of it.

 Detroit came in and made it look easy against a lifeless B's squad, running away with a 6-1 victory at TD Garden.

"Maybe we just expect it to come to us pretty easy especially after a game like (Montreal) and maybe we focused on last game a little too much," winger Brad Marchand said. "I think we worked pretty hard especially in the second and the third we did some good things in the third there and we just have to build on it for next game."

 oalie Tuukka Rask, who got yanked after allowing five goals in the first two periods, said he knew taking on Detroit would be pose a major challenge.

 "Definitely a different team than what we usually face," said Rask. "They’re really experienced and they like to hold on to the puck. They’re not so much about speed. They’re about making those plays. They’re a really good team. Obviously we knew that, but we just couldn’t match it today."

 Coach Claude Julien believes his team became too prone to becoming spectators, as the Wings showed off their unrivaled puck-handling and passing skills with great ease.

 "I think tonight we watched them because I think we were flat," said Julien. "We weren’t skating tonight. We were second on the puck, and even when they had the puck, I just felt that they had lots of times to make plays. We were very slow reacting tonight.

"So I don’t know if the emotional games that we’ve played lately caught up to us, but we just came out flat and you know, it just seemed that nothing was going to go our way, even when we had some scoring chances."

 Julien knows, however, that the B's would've needed to capitalize on nearly all of those scoring chances if they wanted to make this a game at any point in time.

 "Obviously they were the better team tonight, but we’re a much better team than what we showed," the coach said. "This is the opportunity that we have, we get another shot at these guys. I think it’s important that we go in there and play our game—play a lot better. At least that way, you see where you stand with teams like Detroit."

 The two teams will complete a home-and-home series on Sunday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

 Marchand is hopeful that he and his teammates can redeem their forgettable performance on Friday night.

 "Yeah we have almost two in a row so it's going to be tough," said Marchand. "We just need to make sure that we bounce back and just forget about this game and be ready for the next one."

 Julien wouldn't tip his hand as to whether or not Rask will get the nod and have a shot at redemption, but the B's netminder knows he has to try to erase this one from his mind as quickly as possible.

 "Next game is coming pretty quick so you can’t start to think about what happened," said Rask. "Obviously, you have to recognize the mistakes that you made and move on. That’s the only thing you can do."