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NHL Recap: Bruins down Red Wings; keep playoff hopes alive

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The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins are both fighting for a playoff spot entering their final two games of the regular season. With a win tonight over the Bruins, the Red Wings would have clinched a playoff birth, which would have been their 25th straight season in the playoffs. That is not how this game went, however, with the Bruins skating to an easy 5-2 win over the Red Wings.

The Bruins would jump to a 2-0 lead early, receiving goals by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand in the first 3 minutes of the 1st period. Pastrnak received a go ahead pass from defenseman John-Michael Liles before pulling away from the Detroit defender and putting a backhand past Jimmy Howard just 1:25 into the game. Marchand one timed a cross ice pass from Patrice Bergeron, making it 2-0 early.

The offense wouldn’t stop there, as Torey Krug made it 3-0 just 5 minutes into the 2nd period. On the power play, Loui Eriksson passed the puck to Krug, who took a slap shot, firing it past Howard to score what would be the eventual game winning goal. Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson both scored in the third period for the Bruins.

The Red Wings wouldn’t go scoreless, however, as Alexey Marchenko and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the game. Marchenko shot the puck from below the right face off circle, banking it off the foot of Adam McQuaid and past Tuukka Rask. Athanasiou shot the puck from above the face off circles right into the net, beating Rask on the glove side.

With the win, the Bruins put themselves back into the final wild card spot, but are just 1 point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who have a game in hand of both the Red Wings and Bruins. All three teams play on Saturday, with the Red Wings facing the New York Rangers, the bruins facing the Ottawa Senators, and the Flyers face the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as the New York Islanders on Sunday.

THREE STARS:

  1. Torey Krug: 1 goal, 2 assists
  2. David Krejci: 0 goals, 2 assists
  3. Brad Marchand: 1 goal, 1 assist

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