DETROIT — Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was more involved in Wednesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena, fueling speculation that he could be available to return from back injury soon.

Mike Babcock said that the team was letting Zetterberg practice in place of Pavel Datsyuk, whose wife was having a baby. Asked after the skate whether there was any chance that he could play in Thursday’s Game 4 against the Bruins, Datsyuk responded, “I have no idea.”

Zetterberg had back surgery on Feb. 21 and was initially expected to miss the first round. That may still be the case, though Zetterberg said he was ahead of schedule. Both he and Babcock have been relatively tight-lipped about just when he’ll return to Detroit’s lineup.


Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the hit on Brad Marchand‘€™s knee, flopping and more.

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the hit on Brad Marchand‘€™s knee, flopping and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Even though the Bruins dominated on Tuesday, winning 3-0 and going up in the series 2-1, there was a moment during the second period when Marchand went down with what looked like a knee injury after Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith tripped him, hitting his left leg. The only issue was Marchand grabbed his right leg. Thornton isn’t sure what happened, theorizing that Marchand may have injured himself on the fall.

“When he tried to jump around him, I don’€™t know if he twisted something or if he just fell awkwardly when he came down,” Thornton said. “I don’t know. I know Marchy has a reputation that will probably follow him forever. After the penalty was called, I don’€™t think he would have laid there if he wasn’t in a little bit of pain.”

While hockey isn’t known for flopping, it does occur in the game. Thornton isn’t a fan of embellishing in general, but he admits that sometimes it helps to get the referees’ attention and get the correct call.

“You shouldn’t have to fall down every time you get slashed or cross-checked to get a call, but depending on where you are in the situation, it seems that sometimes you don’€™t go down, you don’€™t get the call,” Thornton said. “I think a lot of the reason we didn’t get as many power plays as maybe we should have during the year is because we, as a group, probably just played through things instead of rolling around on the ground.”

During the game, the Bruins attacked the Red Wings quickly, producing two goals in the first period for the early lead. However, Thornton saw Detroit play well in the second period and knew the Bruins had to perform better in the third period, evidenced by the Blue Jackets losing to the Penguins 4-3 on Monday despite leading by two in the first period.

“They had a pretty good second period,” Thornton said. “We look around the other games around the league, Columbus was up 2-0 in the middle of the night and I think there was another game, too. This time of year you can’€™t really take anything for granted. So I know our talk after the second period was, it wasn’t really good enough, we better play better in the third or it’€™s going to come back and bite us. I thought they put up a pretty good fight.”

Thornton sees the Bruins as a good team that simply needs to take things game by game and perform the way they’€™re used to performing.

“We know that we can be a very effective hockey team when we’€™re moving, we’€™re skating and playing physical,” Thornton said. “And that’€™s kind of been the focus — just play our game, not worry about anything else. Just play our game. That’€™s usually the focus around our locker room for the last few years anyways; just play the way we play.”

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Arjuna Ramgopal

Dougie Hamilton took advantage of the Red Wings in Game 3. (AP)DETROIT -- The Red Wings learned the hard way Tuesday night that you can't give teams even one period in the playoffs. In particular, you shouldn't give a team that doesn't let you score a period. 

Game 3 saw the Bruins blank the Red Wings, 3-0, at Joe Louis Arena and take a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was better in the second and third periods, but a wretched first period meant a wretched result. 

DETROIT — Brad Marchand is a dirty player and we’ve all seen him dive in the past.

There. Now that you know this isn’t an ode to the Bruins resident pest, let’s get to the matter at hand: Marchand most likely did not fake an injury to the wrong knee in the second period of Game 3 against the Red Wings.

Just over five minutes into the second period, Marchand went to jump out of the way to avoid a collision between he and Brendan Smith. The result was a leg check from Smith, who made contact with Marchand’s left knee.

Marchand fell to the ice, was slow to get up and Smith was penalized tripping. Soon after, video began circulating of the play, noting that Marchand was grabbing his right knee while on the ice. Marchand was doing a poor job, the good ship internet alleged, of faking an injury to the wrong leg.

But that isn’t what happened.

Marchand was grabbing his right knee because his right knee was the one that twisted all funkily and hit the ice when he fell. In fact, if he grabbed his left knee it would have been faking given that Smith didn’t actually make contact with the knee.

“I twisted it when I landed there,” Marchand said of his right knee. “It kind of felt like a pop, and my leg was tingling a bit. I just wanted to make sure it was OK and moving right.”

Marchand said he told the official that made the call that he didn’t think Smith’s hit was dirty.

“I even said that to the ref after when he asked what happened,” Marchand said. “I just tried to jump around him and he clipped me a little bit, but it was just more how I landed, so it was the right call.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

DETROIT — The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead Tuesday with a 3-0 Game 3 victory over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron each scored their first career playoff goals in the win.

While the B’s and Wings were still in the third period, the Canadiens beat the Lightning in Game 4 to sweep their series. Montreal now awaits the winner of Bruins-Red Wings.

Dougie Hamilton took advantage of the Red Wings early in Game 3. (AP)

Dougie Hamilton took advantage of the Red Wings early in Game 3. (AP)

DETROIT — The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead Tuesday with a 3-0 Game 3 victory over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron each scored their first career playoff goals in the win.

While the B’s and Wings were still in the third period, the Canadiens beat the Lightning in Game 4 to sweep their series. Montreal now awaits the winner of Bruins-Red Wings.

The first period saw the Bruins walk all over the Red Wings, outshooting them 11-4 and taking advantage of sloppy and lethargic play from Detroit. Dougie Hamilton got the B’s on the board by walking into the offensive zone on a power play and beating Jimmy Howard glove-side on a play that saw Darren Helm play the Boston defenseman far too generously.

Jordan Caron, who scored just one goal in the regular season, made it 2-0 when he bounced on a rebound off a rush following a Shawn Thornton shot and buried it past Howard.

The Bruins held on through second and third periods that saw the Red Wings generate more offense, with Patrice Bergeron scoring an empty net goal with 1:59 remaining. Tuukka Rask picked up his fourth career playoff shutout.

Matt Bartkowski returned to the lineup and came up big in the third period in breaking up a Kyle Quincey bid early in the third period. With Bartkowski back in the lineup, Andrej Meszaros was a healthy scratch.

Game 4 will be played Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, after which the series will return to Boston for Saturday’s Game 5.


- The Bruins and Rask deserve major credit for how they’ve been able to limit the Red Wings in this series. Detroit has two goals through three games, with one of them coming off a sensational play from Pavel Datsyuk in Game 1 and the other coming off a Helm shot that bounced off bodies and past Rask in Game 2.

- The Bruins absolutely dominated the first period, though much of that has to do with how dormant a performance the Red Wings turned in early on. The B’s suffocated Detroit whenever the Wings would enter the offensive zone, giving them virtually no scoring chances and holding them to just four shots on Rask in the opening period. Detroit had a 13-minute stretch in between its first and second shots of the game. The Wings also had at least three turnovers in the defensive zone.

- Hamilton had a field day taking advantage of the Red Wings’ poor play in the first period and actually could have had a hat trick. Even before his power play goal — which saw Helm let him walk into the offensive zone with all sorts of space and fire a shot that beat Howard glove-side way too easily — Hamilton picked off a Datsyuk clearing attempt and fired a shot that rang off the left post. Later in the period, he had a chance in front after taking the puck from Helm in the neutral zone.

- Thornton deserves a ton of credit for his heads-up thinking to create the chance that led to Caron’s goal. Getting on the ice for his shift, he raced to put a hit on Brendan Smith, who dumped the puck in the zone and went for a change. When Thornton noticed the full change for the Red Wings, he looped back and drove toward the offensive zone, allowing Miller to send the puck up to him for the partial breakaway with Jakub Kindl giving chase. From there, he fired the shot that yielded the rebound on which Caron scored.

- Caron scored one goal all season, and it was against the Red Wings in the second game of the season. It’s been a long season for the former first-round pick, as he has only been used when other forwards were injured, so it’s good to see some of the offense that has eluded him in his career. That being said, the Red Wings handed the Bruins that goal.

Caron also mixed it up with Justin Abdelkader behind the net after Hamilton’s shot that hit the post. That resulted in matching roughing minors that saw Detroit lose a better player than Boston did.

- The Red Wings could have made it a much closer game in the second period when they got a 35-second five-on-three, but Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk and Rask were able to kill it off. Detroit had gotten its first power play of the game when Brad Marchand went off for holding Gustav Nyquist‘s stick, and a bench minor for too-many-men on the ice 1:25 later gave Detroit a strong chance to cut the lead to one goal. In stopping the Red Wings on both of those and later coming up big on a third-period Kevan Miller penalty (see below), Boston’s penalty kill improved to a perfect 9-for-9 this series.


- The B’s had an injury scare in the second period on a leg check from Brendan Smith on Marchand at 5:10 of the second period. Though the hit was not knee-on-knee, Marchand landed on his right knee and was slow to get off the ice. He returned to the game shortly after, however.

- The second period saw the Red Wings — thanks perhaps to the fact that they had some time on the power play — possess the puck more and spend more time in the offensive zone. The shots were even for both teams at 12 apiece in the second.

- Both teams took too-many-men penalties, and it’s unclear who dropped the ball on Boston’s. Justin Florek had gotten on the ice just before another penalty killer was getting off.

- Miller took a delay of game penalty for sending the puck over the glass from the defensive zone with 10:03 to play. That provided Detroit with a major opportunity, though the closest they came was when David Legwand fanned on the doorstep.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

DETROIT — Matt Bartkowski is back in the Bruins lineup for Game 3 of the first round against the Red Wings.

Bartkowski missed the first two games of the series due to a stomach flu. His return means that Andrej Meszaros will sit after playing the first two games in Bartkowski’s place.