Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg scores against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask as Bruins right wing Reilly Smith defends the play during Monday’s game in Boston.
BOSTON — Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary scored second-period goals, reserve goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves in his first action of the season and the Detroit Red Wings edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 Monday.
Henrik Zetterberg had the other score for Detroit (4-2), which won its second straight game.
Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic had Boston’s goals. The Bruins had a two-man, power-play advantage for nearly 2 minutes early in the third period, but couldn’t mount a comeback.
Gustavsson, playing in place of No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, bobbled a few shots in the opening period, but improved as the game went on. He made a pair of stops on Jarome Iginla’s shots from the left point when the Bruins had the two-man edge for 1:54 early in the third period.
Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for Boston (3-2).
Lucic’s goal was the 100th of his career and cut it to 3-2 with 1:20 to play. With Rask pulled for an extra skater, the Bruins had the puck in Detroit’s zone for nearly all of the final 80 seconds.
Boston also had a power play with just under 6 minutes left, when Daniel Alfredsson was whistled for boarding, but failed to get any good scoring chances.
The Bruins went 0 for 5 on the power play.
Weiss’ score pushed the Red Wings ahead 2-1 midway into the second period. Johan Franzen fired a pass from the left corner to Weiss alone in front and he beat Rask with a wrister inside the left post.
Detroit then made it 3-1 on Cleary’s goal 2:20 later when he slipped a shot by Rask inside the right post after collecting Alfredsson’s from the side of the net.
The Red Wings jumped ahead 1-0 when Zetterberg took a feed from Pavel Datsyuk midway into the first period. Datsyuk gathered the puck near center ice after Patrice Bergeron mishandled it, broke in down the middle, shifted around Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara and sent a backhand pass by two other Bruins perfectly to Zetterberg, who redirected it past Rask from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.
Johnny Boychuk’s shot from the right point ricocheted off Eriksson’s knee and by Gustavsson to tie the game at 14:12 of the first.
NOTES: Bruins LW Shawn Thornton played his 500th career game. ... Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt dropped the ceremonial first puck. The former Bruin is 95 years old. ... The Bruins showed highlights of the Tom Brady’s last-minute drive and David Ortiz’s grand slam on the Jumbotron. ... Bruins coach Claude Julien said before the game that “it was pretty awesome” to be at Fenway Park for Game 2 of the ALCS Sunday night after listening to the Patriots rally against the New Orleans Saints in the car driving to the Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game. ... Boston beat Detroit 4-1 in the teams’ first meeting Oct. 5. ... The Red Wings host Columbus on Tuesday. ... Boston opens a three-game road trip at the Florida Panthers on Thursday before games at Tampa Bay and Buffalo. ... Detroit’s RW Todd Bertuzzi played on the first line for the second straight game.MORE IN Sports WireThe New Orleans Saints likely are headed to the playoffs, and they want as many games as possible... Full Story
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