Well, that was a better effort.
After playing very poorly in three of their last four games, the Red Wings came out very strong in the first period. Todd Bertuzzi scored on a slapshot past Boston goalie and double letter aficionado Tuukka Rask just 1:10 into the period. Johan Franzen found Bertuzzi in the neutral zone and Brian Rafalski joined Bertuzzi for a 2-on-1 rush. Bertuzzi wound up and powered the puck past Rask. Henrik Zetterberg would get the secondary assist on the goal.
Exactly two minutes later, Dan Cleary buried a great backhand pass from Jiri Hudler along the goal line for his 17th of the season and his first since returning from injury. Rask had given up two goals on two shots at that point so the Boston fans gave him a mocking cheer when he made his first save of the night.
Adam McQuaid was in the box for Boston when Brian Rafalski took a hooking call and cut the power play short. Once Boston was on the man advantage, they didn't take too long capitalizing. Zdeno Chara's stick broke on a one-time attempt from the point and it essentially turned into a slow pass down low to Milan Lucic. Jimmy Howard overpursued expecting a full speed shot from Chara and Lucic made a pass back out front to David Krejci for a power play goal at 17:53.
See how the rest of the game played out after the jump.
Jiri Hudler got the period started off right for the Wings, scoring 1:09 in off a great backhand pass from Henrik Zetterberg in the slot. Zetterberg's pass went past three Bruins to find Hudler low to Rask's left and Hudler dropped to a knee on the one-timer and sent in to the far side and in for his 6th of the season.
Zetterberg scored the first powerplay goal for the Red Wings since the Ottawa game off a great backhander as he brought a Dan Cleary pass out from behind the net. at 16:14. Just 24 seconds later struck again as Pavel Datsyuk dumped the puck into the Boston zone. Rask went to play it but got caught out of position, Bertuzzi had hustled to get in the area of the puck and banked it off of Rask's mask (yes, I know) and in for Bertuzzi's second of the game.
With Brad Marchand in the box for a very unnecessary (read: dumb) roughing penalty, Zetterberg had a breakaway and forced Zdeno Chara to take a penalty. With the Bruins down two men, Tomas Holmstrom tapped in his first goal since coming back to action as Hudler found him in front of the net for the final goal of the game.
Bertuzzi scored his 700th career point tonight in the win and the Wings out-shot the Bruins 34-26 and responded positively to Mike Babcock's remarks.
- Great game. That is all. Everyone played with a much higher passion and pride tonight. Continue that on Sunday back in Detroit.