The Boston penalty kill remains perfect in this series through three games. Detroit's is at the bottom of the playoffs list at 62.5 percent.
The veterans who are playing aren't playing particularly well, so it might be on the young kids, who got them in the playoffs, to get them back in this series.
Pavel Datsyuk is still a force, but when playing hurt, even a magician like him makes mistakes sometimes -- such as when he turned the puck over early on in the game in a rare error that set up a Bruins scoring chance.
Johan Franzen, who has carried the Red Wings for stretches in previous postseasons, was bumped off the Datsyuk line and was a nonfactor. David Legwand, who the Red Wings paid a healthy price for at the trade deadline, didn't manage a shot. He's got three all series.
"Let's be honest, [Boston] did a good job, they tracked hard, they pushed us outside," Babcock said.
Perhaps the Red Wings' younger players didn't grasp the urgency of the situation. The Bruins have a history of winning Game 3s, and it was a point of emphasis for them before this game. Boston is a one-game-at-a-time group, but this one especially was one they wanted. The way they did it tilted this series.
"That doesn't mean the next one is not [important], it's always about the next one," Bergeron said. "We said the third game was huge for us."
They played like it. This is what the Bruins look like when they're dominating in the postseason. They're skating, they're physical, quality scoring chances for the opposition are few and far between.
That it's happening so soon in this postseason isn't a good thing for the Red Wings. Or anyone else in the East.