The Red Wings flew back into Boston with the intent to find redemption after their embarrassing loss to the Boston Bruins 9 days before and boy did they.
The first goal of the game came from the stick on Henrik Zetterberg, but he was set up masterfully by the Pavel Datsyuk. Only Datsyuk would be able to steal the puck, deke past Chara, and then slip a beautiful pass underneath another player to a waiting Zetterberg.
This type of play is why Datsyuk is called The Magic Man and the reason that Zetterberg tends to lead the Red Wings in goals. I could watch this goal on repeat for days.
This play worked out because the pass from Alfredsson, but the pass would have hit Chara’s stick if Joakim Andersson had not staked to the front of the net and forced Chara to cover him for a split second, which opened to passing lane.
Cleary’s goal ended up being the game winner against the Bruins and the Wings avenged their previous loss.
But that was not the end for the Red Wings as they had to fly back to Detroit to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets the very next day.
The Red Wings were able to draw penalties against the Blue Jackets and because of that Daniel Alfredsson was able to collect his first goal as a Red Wing.
Alfredsson does not even look to pass on this play and that is what makes him a valuable addition to the team, that and the fact he probably has the hardest shot on the team.
Thankfully, Bertuzzi was no worse for wear and he was given the goal to help him get over the pain. Tyutin did deserve a penalty there and could possibly still be disciplined by the Department of Player Safety. but most likely he will get away with a very dangerous slew foot.
This save is the reason that I am no longer scared when it is Gustavsson’s turn to play in net. A full off-season and training camp have help him immensely and it seems as though he is healthier than he has ever been.
Two big wins in a row for the Red Wings, a solid back-up in Gustavsson, and seeing Alfredsson score his first goal with Detroit will mean good things for the Wings and bad things for every team in their path.