The Detroit Red Wings came into this Monday afternoon game after finally finding the offense they had been looking for in a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia Saturday night. They were hoping that the offense would continue to click as they looked to avenge a lackluster effort in a previous 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
The Red Wings were indeed able to get the offense going once again midway through the first period as Pavel Datsyuk was able to force a turnover and stick handle his way into Boston’s zone to perfectly set up Henrik Zetterberg for his fifth goal of the season. The lead did not last long though as Boston’s Johnny Boychuk fired a slapshot that deflected off of Loui Eriksson and into the net to knot the game at 1-1.
The Red Wings offense would put the Wings ahead for good in the second period when they were able to connect on two goals in a short period of time. The first came at the 8:21 mark of the second when Stephen Weiss was able to fire the puck top shelf for his second goal of the season. Two minutes and twenty seconds later, Dan Cleary added what would be the eventual game winning goal off of a rebound from Daniel Alfredsson‘s shot. The assist was Alfredsson’s first point as a Red Wings player.
Boston was able to make things interesting in the final minute and a half when they scored at the 18:40 mark of the third to make it a 3-2 game. Boston then pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and put continuous pressure on the Red Wings in the final minute with multiple shots. The Red Wings were able to finally fight off the Bruins to earn the big division victory.
The Red Wings did not have any powerplay opportunities in this game but the special teams came up big on the penalty kill. The penalty killers were able to kill off all five of the Bruins powerplay’s including a nearly two minute five on three man advantage.
The Red Wings started Jonas Gustavsson in net in a surprise move after it was announced that Jimmy Howard would be a scratch with a bruised hand. Gustavsson made 29 saves to earn his first victory of the season and first victory since a 3-2 win at Phoenix on March 25th, 2013.Howard’s status for tomorrow’s game against Columbus is doubtful according to the goaltender, but he does not believe the injury to be serious.
The Red Wings now have earned victories in consecutive games and look to keep the winning streak going when old division rival Columbus Blue Jackets come into Joe Louis Arena tomorrow night. Puck drop is at 8 pm on Fox Sports Detroit.