Detroit Red Wings 2, Boston Bruins 1: Detroit Pokes the Bear in Season Opener

Oct 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings players celebrate a goal by left wing Johan Franzen (93) in the second period against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT RED WINGS’ HOCKEY IS BACK!

Sweeeeeeet, sweeeeeeeet, sweeeet victorrrryyyyyy! The Detroit Red Wings opened the season with an overall promising performance against the Boston Bruins. After being bounced by the Bruins in 5 games in last years Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Wings were looking for revenge against a tired team without its top center. The Red Wings were able to improve on almost all of last year’s weaknesses, and top the defending President’s Trophy winner. Let’s take a look at the highlights of tonight’s game:

BOS Goal – 12:01 1st – Bergeron, Asst: None

Shortly after recovering the puck deep in the defensive zone halfway into the 1st, Johnathan Ericsson’s attempted breakout pass was deflected,  gift-wrapped, and handed to Patrice Bergeron at the blue line. The center made no mistake and went bar-down over Jimmy Howard’s glove from the faceoff circle on Boston’s first shot of the game.

DET  Goal – 3:52 2nd – Abdelkader, Asst: Franzen, DeKeyser

DeKeyser’s slapshot was tipped in traffic in front of Tuukka Rask, slipping past last year’s Vezina Trophy winner. Franzen and Abdelkader made a beautiful cross-screen in front of Rask, going opposite directions as the puck sailed through the air to tie the game at 1.

DET PP Goal – 14:46 2nd – Nyquist, Asst: Helm, Franzen

Detroit’s third power play tallied a goal after a much better attempt. Zetterberg lost the puck along the sideboards, but recovered and sauced it to the middle of the offensive zone. Helm got a hold of the puck, drew Rask out of the crease, and passed to Nyquist in the slot, who one-timed it into the empty net. Wings led 20-9 in shots after 2 periods.

 

With just over a minute left in the game, Franzen was called for a debatable elbowing penalty on Bergeron. With Rask pulled on the powerplay, the Bruins hit the post, and then Chara was called for interference after shoveling Howard’s stick out of the crease. The Wings were able to hold off the Bruins and secure a 2-1 home opener winner. Eat it, Boston.

FINAL: Detroit 2, Boston 1

3 Positives to Take From the Game:

-Johan Franzen looks magnificent. Big, fit, and effective. Tallied an assist on the tying goal.

-Players are stepping up. Jimmy Howard was dominant, Darren Helm looks like the player we’ve been dreaming about for years, Andersson is vastly improved, and even Kindl looked decent.

-Coaching staff was effective between periods. We saw a huge improvement in breakouts, passing, and power play after the first intermission. Well done by Mike Babcock and Tony Granato.

 

My 3 Stars of the Game:

3Darren Helm. Created offense every shift, and played well on the forecheck.

2Jimmy Howard. Had no chance on the first goal, and made some glorious saves as the game died down.

1Johan Franzen. Most improved from last season. Looks like a very dangerous player, let’s hope he can stay consistent.

 

Let’s bask in the glory and get ready for Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks! LET’S GO RED WINGS

 

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