Red Wings comeback falls short against Bruins

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Hockey

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings threatened at the end, but it wasn't enough to overcome an ineffective start.

The Wings were outshot 24-12 after two periods Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena en route to a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, now 22 points up on Detroit and 17-1-3 in the last 21 games.

A positive for the Wings was seeing the power play produce when Martin Frk scored on a slap shot early in the second period. The Wings were desperate enough to pull Jimmy Howard with 2:40 remaining in regulation. Frans Nielsen cut the lead to one goal with 1:24 to go. Final shots were 31-28 to Boston.

Howard made 13 saves in the first period, and counterpart Tuukka Rask made seven.

Nick Jensen had a slap shot straight up the middle early in the game, but Rask saw the puck coming and caught it.

The Wings gained momentum off an aggressive penalty kill. Anthony Mantha created a chance when he skated down low and threw the puck in the paint, but teammates couldn't get to the rebound quickly enough.

The Wings got a badly needed boost in the second period. Niklas Kronwall fed the puck to Frk in the left circle, and Frk wound up one of his monster slap shots to make it 1-0 at 2:08. The Wings came into the game having recorded just four goals on 48 power-play opportunities since Dec. 23.

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Sean Kuraly tied the game at 12:11 of the second period. Kuraly picked up a pass from David Pastrnak and tapped a shot behind Howard.

David Krejci pulled the Bruins ahead, 2-1, at 14:16 of the second period when he pounced on a loose puck in the slot and took advantage of Howard being belly down to fire a one-timer through traffic.

The Wings went on the power play again early in the third period after Darren Helm drew a penalty on Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, but this stretch was so bad there Bruins had the better scoring opportunity. Danton Heinen sent the puck bar down into Detroit's net at 8:21 of the third period.

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