Datsyuk, Zetterberg, & Helm lead Red Wings in wacky 6-5 victory over Bruins

2/5 POWER PLAY 0/2
35 SOG 22
14 HITS 30

The start of the first period really set the tone for just how wacky the rest of the hockey game would be. Brendan Smith iced the puck just as play got underway. The next face-off would see Brad Marchand take a quick wrist shot and put it past Petr Mrazek only 8 seconds into the game. Henrik Zetterberg would get the Red Wings on the board as he entered the offensive zone and put the puck on the net. There was a mad scramble in front and the puck seemed to just lay there as Z finished what he started, putting a backhand in the net. There was a challenge from the Bruins as it seemed that Justin Abdelkader was offside on the play as Zetterberg entered the zone. After video review, the call stood and the goal held up for the good guys. Danny DeKeyser would have an apparent mental breakdown, as he gave the puck away in his own zone, which led to a Bruins goal courtesy of Zach Trotman. Shortly after a Zdeno Chara interference penalty, play would transition to 4-on-4 as Mrazek played the puck outside of the trapezoid area. David Krejci and Loui Eriksson would produce a beauty of a play for the Bruins giving them another tally on the scoreboard. Brad Marchand sat for 2 minutes or less for interference. It would end up being less as Pavel Datsyuk put in a Brad Richards shot that deflected off Tuukka Rask’s shoulder. It would be Pav’s 900th career point as a Red Wing, being only the 6th Red Wing in history to reach 900 career points.

Darren Helm would get the scoring started in the second as he put a shot in off Zach Trotman’s skate. Colin Miller and Justin Abdelkader both went off with offsetting minor penalties, shortly after Loui Eriksson headed to the box as well for tripping. The Wings would cash in on the man advantage as Datsyuk would produce another Datsyukian Deke, this time on Zdeno Chara, going top shelf for a power play goal. Darren Helm seemed to do everything on an ensuing shift and cap it off with a goal. Tuukka Rask was then pulled and in came former Red Wing, Jonas Gustavsson. Not long after the goaltending change, Dennis Seidenberg ripped a shot past Mrazek. The Wings would take 49 seconds of carry over power play time into the 3rd from a Zac Rinaldo high-sticking penalty.

The carry over time proved to be more meaningful for the Bruins as Joonas Kemppainen tallied a short-handed goal just 38 seconds into the 3rd period. After nearly 7 minutes of the score being knotted at 5-all, the Red Wings would answer back when Danny DeKeyser took a shot on net that was tipped by Zetterberg, giving Detroit the lead. There was speculation that the shot went in off Datsyuk, which would have given him his first career regular season hat-trick, but it wasn’t the case. The Wings would hold off a late game push by the Bruins as Gustavsson was pulled for an extra skater, to win a wacky one at the Joe to finish off their 5-game home stand were they went 4-0-1. The 6 total goals scored by Detroit was their highest goal total of the season so far.

What’s next?

The Wings will be right back at it tomorrow as they travel to Brooklyn to take on John Tavares and the New York Islanders at 1pm.

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