That did not go as planned.
I had high expectations heading into tonight's game. Not just that the Wings were going to win, but that we were going to do so in a dominant fashion. After all, the Boston Bruins had only won one home game all season long.
Had. Now they have won two.
Tonight's game was not a spectacular one filled with enthralling moments for either team. Nor was it a lackluster showdown.
The Bruins outshot, outplayed, and outscored the Red Wings, winning the game by a score of 3-1, and with the Red Wings never seeming like they had a genuine chance to leave Boston with two points.
Here is what happened.
The first period encompassed the game as a whole fairly well. The Bruins were the dominant team, not allowing the Wings to have many opportunities, but the Wings did not help themselves much either.
The period ended scoreless, with the Bruins having outshot the Red Wings 12-5.
The second period began much like the first, with the Bruins controlling the majority of the scoring opportunities, and with the Red Wings having their occasional attempt fizzle out.
12 minutes into the period, a team would finally score. Sadly, it was the Bruins that took the lead after a shot from Patrice Bergeron rebounded off of Petr Mrazek. The puck fell behind Mrazek's back, at which point Bergeron tapped the puck in to make it 1-0 for the Bruins.
After that it did not take long for the Bruins to score their second goal. After receiving a pass from mid-ice, David Krejci skated past Jakub Kindl before letting a shot go, with the puck making its way past Petr Mrazek. 2-0 Boston.
Towards the end of the period, it felt as if the Red Wings were beginning to find their way in the game. They had a pair of decent scoring opportunities, and a goal from the Wings did not seem impossible.
But that optimism was squashed after Torey Krug scored his first goal of the season with only three minutes left to play in the period. 3-0 Bruins.
Being down three goals in the third period is never a favorable scenario. And today proved no different. The Wings had a couple of good scoring chances, and Tuukka Rask made some great saves, but the Wings were not able to alter the final result of the game.
The Wings did, however, score a goal in the third period. Justin Abdelkader was able to get the puck past Tuukka Rask, giving him his fifth goal of the season, and his first since signing his new contract.
The Wings and Bruins traded a few more chances throughout the rest of the game, and Jakub Kindl nearly scored in the last seconds of the game with his shot hitting the Bruins' goalpost, but the game would end with a scoreline of 3-1 in favor of the Bruins.
This was by no means a horrible performance by the Wings, but it was clear that they were outplayed by the Bruins. We lost two points to a division rival, something which is never excusable, even if it is only November.
There were a handful of bright spots for the Wings tonight, but the overall team performance was below average. That has to change going forward.
Next up for the Red Wings are the Ottawa Senators on Monday in Ottawa.