The Detroit Red Wings showed the Boston Bruins that they were not the push overs that lost nine days ago in Boston and played well a full 60 minute hockey game.
It was not the easiest game, but it was one that the Red Wings needed the win and that is exactly what they did this afternoon. The Red Wings beat the Bruins 3-2 in Boston and are now 4-2-0 on the year.
Now to the bullet points:
- Pavel Datsyuk was by far the best player on the ice today, he hounded Bergeron, slipped by Chara, and danced around the Bruins. After Bergeron was stripped of the puck by Datsyuk, Bergeron said, “Are you serious?”
- In net, Jimmy Howard was a late scratch because he was hurt during the Flyers game and Jonas Gustavsson received the start.
- To say Gustavsson had a great game in net would be an understatement, his style is not normal, but it works for him and helped lead the Wings to a victory.
- The two goals that did get by him were because of deflections either before or after the shot, which made it almost impossible for the Monster to make the save.
- On the other side of the rink, Tuukka Rask has been one of the best goaltenders so far this season and I stated that if the Wings wanted to win they would have to figure out a way to solve him and that is exactly what they did today.
- The rest of the Wings top line was impressive as well, Henrik Zetterberg chipped in a goal, while Todd Bertuzzi continues to create room on the ice and crashes the net.
- Daniel Cleary potted his first goal of the season, thanks to a perfect feed from Daniel Alfredsson, but it was all set up by Joakim Andersson going to the net and taking Chara with him. Andersson is a diamond in the rough for Detroit.
- Stephen Weiss was able score his second goal of the season thanks to a solid feed for Johan Franzen, who had a great game in Boston.
- Franzen was on the ice in the last-minute of the game to help secure the victory and had a huge blocked shot with less than 10 seconds left in the game, which led to a Red Wings clear and win.
- The new pairings on defense continue to impress, Brian Lashoff has stepped into the starting line-up and gives the Wings a steady defensive defenseman and Brendan Smith may be out of a job for the foreseeable future.
- The Red Wings were not all sugar, spice, and everything nice today though; they took too many penalties and were forced to kill off a 3 on 5 for two minutes. Thankfully the Red Wings were able to kill the penalties off, but all these penalties are not a good sign moving forward.
- On a side note, I hope Justin Abdelkader and Tuukka Rask are ok after the scary collision late in the third period.
This was a big statement win for the Red Wings, but now they have to focus on playing the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow in Detroit
I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of the Red Wings game against the Bruins. Take care and thanks for reading.