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Red Wings-Bruins wrap-up: Wings do the message-sending

Updated in the middle of the night: The Boston Bruins suggested that they’d set the record straight regarding their status as an “unstoppable” team while sending a message to the Red Wings and the rest of the NHL by pummeling the Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday afternoon, but the more businesslike Red Wings overcame some first-period jitters and out-worked, out-hustled and simply out-willed the Bruins, defeating the B’s 4-2 in a businesslike win punctuated by sound goaltending from Jimmy Howard and a two-goal performance by Todd Bertuzzi.

Given the banter which preceded this game, you’d think that the Bruins were going to do nothing less than kick the snot out of the Wings while sending a message that, should the Bruins and Wings meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Wings would and/or should know that they’re in for a helluva challenge, all while avenging their 6-1 loss to the Wings on Friday.

After coming up short against the Wings, the Bruins’ comments reflected their state of mind, as noted by NESN’s Douglas Flynn:

After Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Red Wings at the Garden, Bruins center David Krejci felt that as frustrating as the defeat was, it was a learning experience that could benefit the team in the long run if they heeded the lessons it offered.

“It’s a good thing that it came at this time of the year and not in the playoffs,” Krejci said. “We’ve really got to learn from it.”

The Bruins appear to be slow learners. Actually, compared to the speedy Wings, they just appeared slow.  Boston had some jump early, striking first in the rematch in Detroit on Sunday. But the skilled Wings were simply too much for the Bruins to handle once again, as they completed the sweep of the home-and-home series with a 4-2 victory.

On an afternoon when Bruins coach Claude Julien chose to scratch defenseman Stephen Kampfer in front of 40 friends and family and place former Plymouth Whaler Tyler Seguin into his lineup (as this isn’t a Bruins blog, you can read more about Seguin’s addition via the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa, the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy, Comcast Sportsnet Northeast’s Joe Haggerty and the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff), he received short-term gain but suffered long-term lineup pain, as Comcast Sportsnet Northeast’s Joe Haggerty noted:

The Bruins came out of the chute Sunday with plenty of jump, physicality and verve, as they were ready to avenge Friday night’s embarrassing loss to the Red Wings.  But they faded as the game moved along and once again had difficulty slowing down the skilled, surgeon-like Wings in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the historic Joe Louis Arena.

“They played really tight in the defensive zone and the neutral zone,” said Bruins winger Milan Lucic, who was kept off the score sheet and off the ‘hit chart’. “You definitely have to work really hard to get your chances, and that’s what’s made them a good hockey club for a long time here.  We felt really good before the game and in the first period, and it’s just too bad we couldn’t get the job done.”
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There were some good things going on for the Bruins as Tyler Seguin responded with a goal minutes into the game, and both Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder played with some energy and effectiveness. But Patrice Bergeron’s line was once again neutralized by the Wings, and there was nothing from key offensive players like Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

A Brad Marchand mistake in front of Tim Thomas during a line change led to a Todd Bertuzzi goal, and a neutral zone breakdown by Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg led to the game-winning strike for Kris Draper in the second period. Marchand scored a power-play goal in the second to make amends for his early game mistake, but the Bruins couldn’t generate much offense after a good first period.

They were outshot 19-5 in the second period. That period sucked momentum out of the Bruins and couldn’t find a way to reignite the flame.

B’s coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa that his team essentially banged its head against a red and white wall for two games:

“The biggest thing that sticks out for me is the type of mistakes we’ve made in the last two games,” said coach Claude Julien. “There’s mistakes. This is a game of mistakes. But the type of mistakes that you make can make a difference. Bad pinches. We haven’t given up two-on-ones like that in a long time. We gave those up. Ill-advised decisions. Even their first goal, we gave them that one. We didn’t help ourselves tonight. We had some chances when it was 3-2 to tie it up. We had a couple scoring chances. Had we scored, maybe that would have made a difference. But they come back and score on the two-on-one. That kind of put the nail in the coffin.”

Julien continued in Shinzawa’s main recap:

“We have to get better, from here on in, to keep the level of our play where it should be,’’ said Julien. “It dropped a little bit in the second. We’ve seen that happen before.’’
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At the other end, the Bruins couldn’t generate any sustained looks on Howard. The No. 1 line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton, dominant against Montreal last Wednesday, had neither time nor space to put pucks on goal. Horton (one shot) was especially invisible in 13:04 of ice time.

So what exactly happened? Well, as the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy notes, the game didn’t start out well for Detroit, and I was certainly thinking, “Oh boy, here we go again” when Tyler Seguin scored the game’s first goal:

The B’s took a 1-0 lead just 1:29 into the game on some terrific work from Blake Wheeler. He grabbed a rebound of a bad-angle shot from Tyler Seguin, brought it behind the net, came out and threw a backhander on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Seguin followed up that rebound and scored his ninth of the season, though Wheeler was incorrectly credited with the goal at first.

But the Wings got it back at 6:09 on a defensive-zone miscue from Brad Marchand. The rookie had the puck along the left boards and was looking to clear it out of the zone, but didn’t want to send it up the boards because the B’s were changing and he’d be risking a too-many-men penalty. Instead, he sent it back toward the slot with disastrous ramifications. Bertuzzi was there and he moved in all alone on Tim Thomas [stats]. The goalie initially poked it away from Bertuzzi, but he had enough time to gather it again and score on a backhander.

Marchand atoned for that mistake when he gave the B’s the lead again on the power play at 12:17, converting a great Michael Ryder feed to him at the top of the crease.

Detroit dominated the second period, however. Pavel Datsyuk tied it up at 3:54 when he was left all alone at the left side of the net and put back a Brian Rafalski shot.  The Wings took their first lead of the game at 12:44 on a beautiful breakout and finish. Veteran Kris Draper blew past Seguin at the offensive blue line, took a feed from Patrick Eaves and buried it past Thomas.
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The Wings finished off the B’s at 13:35 [of the 3rd period] when Johnny Boychuk failed to get the puck on a pinch. Johan Franzen headed out on a 2-on-1 with Bertuzzi, and the big Wing buried it.

So, all of a sudden—or so it seemed given an Original Six level of press coverage for this past weekend’s slate of games from the Bruins’ press—it was the big-talking Bruins talking about moving on…

“It’s frustrating,” said Marchand. “Any time you lose, you want to bounce back and have a big game the next time around, especially facing the same team. But it happened and we have to get ready for the next game. We have a tough schedule coming up here and we can’t dwell on this.”

And talking about learning lessons, as Comcast Sportsnet Northeast’s Joe Haggerty noted:

B’s leader, winger and assistant captain Mark Recchi took solace in the fact that it was a closer game on Sunday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, and the B’s basically lost the game on a pair of mistakes by Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin/Dennis Seidenberg that cost Boston two goals.

“It’s a process still and we all know that,” said Recchi. “We had a really bad game on Friday night. We played a lot better today. We feel comfortable knowing we can play with these guys after the game today. We know that we’re a good team.”

The Bruins did offer a little “smack talk” via Milan Lucic:

The B’s top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton were muzzled all afternoon long, and Horton didn’t squeeze off a single shot until the game was firmly out of grasp in the third period. Lucic wasn’t able to get his physical game started either as Detroit’s subtle ability to interfere and get in the way without drawing penalties slowed down every change they had to attack.  As a line they finished with a minus-5 and five shots on net, and they were routinely burnt by the trio of Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen on the ice in key game matchups.

“They played really tight in the defensive zone and the neutral zone. You really had to work hard for every offensive chance, and that’s what has made them a good hockey club for a long time,” said Lucic. “It’s unfortunate because we felt good about today’s game and especially after the first period, but it’s too bad we couldn’t get the job done.

“It seems like they’re always getting in your way. It’s not the guy that you’re trying to hit, but it’s the guy coming from the side or the other defenseman that gets in your way or gives you that little bit of interference. It’s the way they play and it’s what makes it so hard to get in there on the forecheck.”

More than a few of the Red Wings’ opponents have accused them of the kind of interference that results when good positioning forces you to skate the long way around them. That’s the Wings’ real physical game—playing sound positional defense—and when the Wings do it well, it frustrates the hell out of their opponents, and most specifically their opponents’ most physical players.

ESPN Boston’s James Murphy posted a few points of reflective emphasis worth noting…

Bad second period. After a first period in which they looked like a completely different team from the one that was embarrassed Friday night, the Bruins unraveled in the second. Boston played its game of forechecking and physical hockey in the opening period and took a 2-1 lead into the intermission. But much like Friday night, they were caught standing around and stopped skating in the second period. The result was Detroit coming back to take a 3-2 lead after two and outshooting the Bruins 19-6 in the period. If not for Thomas, the Bruins could have easily entered the final period trailing by three.
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Bertuzzi a Bruin-killer. Bertuzzi had gone seven games without a goal entering Friday night’s game at Boston. Well, consider the Bruins the perfect elixir for the big winger as he lit the Bruins up for two goals Friday and another pair on Sunday. The Bruins had no answer for Bertuzzi’s size and grit as he had his way around the net.

Kampfer sits; Hamill sent out. Unfortunately for Steven Kampfer and his 50 or so family and friends on hand for what they thought would be his first NHL game in his native Michigan, coach Claude Julien decided that the rookie blueliner needed a break after registering only one assist in his last 10 games. Kampfer and center Zach Hamill, who has one assist in three games since being called up Feb. 3, were the healthy scratches Sunday. Hamill was sent back to Providence following the game.

While the New England Hockey Journal’s Jesse Connolly summarized the “lost weekend” as follows:

Final Thoughts: Maybe outclassed is too strong of a word to use, but the B’s showed they’re just not on the same level as the Red Wings are over these last two games. Nicklas Lidstrom said before Friday’s game at the Garden that this miniseries would be a good measuring stick for his squad against one of the top teams in the East. Based on the last 120 minutes of hockey, the Bruins just don’t stack up against the best of the West.

The Red Wings had two important motivators coming into Sunday’s game. 

First and foremost, with Ken Holland going on the record with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and TSN’s Darren Dreger that he’d make a defensive move if his team forced his hand, and with the distractions of the Wings’ “Fathers’ Trip” to Florida—reunion with Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning included—on tap for later this week, the Wings wanted to prove that Friday’s win wasn’t an aberration, and that they can get the job done, over the long haul, on their own.

Second, and perhaps more tellingly, as Jimmy Howard told NHL.com’s Brian Hedger (and Howard certainly steadied himself over this past weekend!), the Wings stated again and again that they would not give their fans the opportunity to boo them off the ice, as happened after last Wednesday’s 4-1 loss against Nashville. Howard said that the fans’ message was what the team was concerned about over this past weekend, not Holland’s comments, and after a team meeting on Friday morning, the Wings righted their ship for the sake of giving 20,000 people bang for their buck at the Joe:

“We took [the booing] to heart,” said Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who picked up his League-leading 28th win by stopping 23 of 25 shots. “We expect a lot more out of ourselves and the fans deserve it. They pay their hard-earned money to come watch us play and they deserve a better product than what we gave them against Nashville.”
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“We deserved it,” he said. “It bothered us … not the boos, but the fact we gave ‘em a reason to boo us.”

Streaky scorer Todd Bertuzzi, who scored two goals on Sunday and four over the course of the home-and-home series, suggested to the Associated Press that both he and the team just want to get back to the Red Wings’ version of “normal”:

“Hopefully, this is a trend,” he said.

The Red Wings hope so, too.  They’ve won two straight, both against Boston, with a combined 10 goals after losing three of four and scoring a total of one goal in those defeats.

“Unfortunately, we had a couple stinkers,” Bertuzzi said. “But that’s the nature of sports.”
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Babcock and many of his players were embarrassed by their previous performance at home, a 4-1 loss to Nashville, but they were all pleased with the past two showings.

“We did a real good job,” said Babcock, who said the team was “awful” against the Predators on Wednesday night.

Kris Draper agreed, as he told the Macomb Daily’s George Pohly:

“That’s the best we’ve done in a while,” Draper said of the Red Wings’ weekend performances against the Bruins, who are in first place in the Northeast Division.  “We deserved (the boos),” Draper added. “It’s not often that you hear that here. It bothered a lot of us, not that the fans booed, but that we gave them a reason to boo us.  We take pride in our effort and work ethic around here.”

Draper said the Red Wings used the Bruins to measure their own play.

“We were excited about playing them, Original Six hockey, the Boston Bruins home and home,” Draper said. “We said, ‘Let’s use them as a test.’ When things aren’t going well, you need people to respond.”

The Wings did respond, and they responded by simplifying their play and returning to play efficient and sometimes elegant Red Wings hockey:

“We played well in our own zone today,” Draper said. “When we’re fast in our end, we get good results.”

Babcock continued, as the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan noted:

“We did a real good job,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We got better as the game went on. The first seven or eight minutes, I didn’t think we were as good. But we still did lots of good things, battled hard and we shot the puck and got on top of their defense.  Once we started doing that, the game went our way.”

Said Bertuzzi: “We got challenged. Our backs were against the wall and we had spoken enough about it. It was nice to see us go out and do something about it.”

For Bertuzzi, who’s been a notoriously streaky scorer to say the least during his second go-round with the Wings, the home-and-home series marked a return to form, and it’s a form that Babcock says he has to push Bertuzzi to pursue…

“Anytime you can score it’s fun. I just seemed to be in the right spots,” Bertuzzi said. “I’m skating better. I feel I got my legs back. Obviously I wasn’t playing well for a little while. It’s nice to get some speed, hold onto the puck, make some plays and get open.”
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“Bert skated unbelievable tonight. That’s without the goals,” Babcock said. “I don’t evaluate that as much, just how he played and I thought he played great without the puck.  He was physical on the ice. He skated great. When he’s doing that, he’s a big man.”

Howard said of Bertuzzi’s big game: “It doesn’t surprise me at all. He works so hard in practice. He wants to score, wants to finish in practice. You continue to do that and put pucks on net, the hard work pays off.”

Babcock told the Free Press’s Helene St. James that it can be a bit of a chore to get Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen to engage physically—and play simply—at times, but the results are worth Babcock’s effort:

“I think Bert skated unbelievable tonight, and that’s without the goals,” Babcock said. “I don’t evaluate that as much as just how he played, and I thought he played great without the puck and I thought he was physical and I thought he skated great. When he’s doing that, he’s a big man. Sometimes when he gets carried away making skill plays versus just being a big man, then he’s not as good. When he’s playing like he is now, he’s fantastic.”

Bertuzzi tied the game at 6:09 of the first period when he pursued Brad Marchand deep into Boston’s zone, stole the puck from him, fought off a poke check by Tim Thomas, and backhanded a shot in high.  Minutes earlier, Bertuzzi spun out from behind the net and threw the puck into the paint, where Franzen put the puck in the net only to find officials had called the play dead.

“I thought that was a great play and showed the kind of dominance they can have down low if they’re skating and being big,” Babcock said. “I still challenge Mule and Bert on a regular basis to be more physical with the puck down low in the zone and to be involved that way. The more they’re involved that way, the better we are.”

Bertuzzi did what he usually does when cornered—praise his line mates:

“I’m playing with a little bit more confidence,” Bertuzzi said. “When you play with Z and Mule, you’ve got to be able to play at a level like that in order to contribute and skate with them. They make it pretty easy. Z is a good guy to talk to and he kind of helps you out and all that, so I’ve kind of benefited from that.

And as Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji noted, Babcock had a very specific point about the reason that he challenges Bertuzzi and Franzen, and it’s not because of the pucks they can put in the back of the net:

“I think Bert skated unbelievable (Sunday),” Babcock said. “That’s without the goals. I don’t evaluate that as much, just how he played, and I thought he played great without the puck and he was physical on the ice.  He skated great. When he’s doing that, he’s a big man. (Nathan) Horton and (Milan) Lucic for them are huge men, but when you’re playing against Mule and Bert, those are huge men, too. Kind of nullifies it a little bit. I thought those guys did a great job.”

Thus, the Bruins’ gigantic first line was pretty much negated by the Zetterberg line, and while Bertuzzi also drew praise from the Bruins’ coach…

“He uses his size well,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He gets it on his stick and it’s hard to get it away from him. He has a dirty stick, we call it. They have a lot of guys like that. Battle hard and are hard to knock off the puck and Bertuzzi is one of that guys that does that well.”

The Wings felt like a team that had done enough learning and moving on of their own by first defeating Boston in a wide-open game and then rallying to win a more tightly-contested affair, as Draper told Wakiji:

“We had a real good, obviously, offensive outburst in Boston and (Sunday), it was a tight game,” Draper said. “It was something that it was actually good for us that we got behind early and we were able to respond and it was pretty much a 3-2 game for the majority. It was nice for us to play that well.”

Draper, who got the game-winner in honor of his son Kienan’s ninth birthday (Feb. 19), said the Wings were upset with how the last home game had gone and needed to atone.

“Not (upset with) the boos but the fact that we gave them a reason to boo us,” Draper said. “That’s something that is unacceptable. We take a lot of pride in our work ethic, a lot of pride in how we go out and compete. We weren’t doing it, we knew it and the fans let us know, and rightfully so.”

Draper was pretty darn happy on a personal level, too, because, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James noted, Draper made a promise to his son that required fulfillment in a very specific way:

Draper scored the game-winning goal in the Red Wings’ 4-2 victory Sunday at Joe Louis Arena against the Bruins, and afterward made sure his son, Kienan, got the puck to commemorate his ninth birthday. The birthday isn’t until Saturday, but Kienan had eight hockey buddies at Sunday’s matinee, and so Draper delivered.

“That was pretty cool,” Draper said. “He wasn’t asking for a goal, he was more or less telling me to get a goal. I think you could tell by the smile on my face I was pretty pumped when it went in.”

Draper, who got showered with ice chips courtesy of Henrik Zetterberg while talking to reporters after the game, scored midway through the second period when he picked up Patrick Eaves’ centering pass and lifted a forehand high behind Tim Thomas. Draper has played regularly for a while now with Eaves and Darren Helm.

“I thought Drapes was good,” coach Mike Babcock said. “That line has been a real constant for us—they seem to do things right for us each and every night. That line, over the last while, even when we weren’t playing well, was one of our better lines.”

“That line” would be Draper, Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves, which has essentially became the kind of line that the Wings throw over the boards when the ship’s listing and needs to be stabilized via hard work, grit and defensive diligence…

Kind of like Scotty Bowman used to send Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty over the boards.

As both St. James and the Detroit News’s John Niyo suggest, Draper, who returned from sports hernia surgery on December 4th, may be playing his last year of NHL hockey, but he’s doing his best to earn a spot in a lineup that will become increasingly complicated by healthy players sitting in the press box when Valtteri Filppula (sprained knee) and Mike Modano (torn flexor tendons and nerve damage in his right wrist) return:

The ice time that used to belong to him as the team’s checking-line center now goes to Helm and Justin Abdelkader, among others. (Those two combined to win 17 of 22 faceoffs on Sunday, by the way.) Draper still played the fewest minutes of anyone in a Wings uniform on Sunday.

“I feel I’m a confident guy and I’m sure of what I can do,” Draper said, “but … when you’re a healthy scratch, doubt sets in.”
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“I thought Drapes was good, and that line’s been a real constant for us,” Babcock said of Helm’s line with Draper and Patrick Eaves, whose nifty pass set up Draper’s goal — his sixth in 28 games. “They seem to do things right each and every night.”

For most of the last two decades, that’s been Draper’s role for this team, happily grinding away while the stars shine. And even now, in the twilight of his career, he insists that’s his intention.

“With an opportunity, I feel like I can still play and I can skate and I can still do some good things and help out this hockey club,” Draper said. “In the big picture, when everyone gets healthy, do I know what my role is? No. But I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing.”

Draper continued his conversation with MLive’s Ansar Khan, discussing his personal renaissance, if you will…

“I wasn’t sure how my body was going to respond,’’ Draper said. “Missing all of training camp and so many games and then coming back and sitting every other game, doubt sets in.’’

Before Babcock paid Draper and his line mates a huge compliment:

Coach Mike Babcock said Draper’s line, with Helm and Eaves, has been a “constant’’ for the team.

“They seem to do things right each night,’’ Babcock said. “I really thought that line over the last while, even when we weren’t playing well, was one of our better lines.’’

For the moment, Draper simply wants to contribute as much as possible, and he suggested as much while deferring credit for his goal to Nicklas Lidstrom, Helm and Eaves:

“Just all-around great passes,’’ Draper said. “If we can get our third and fourth lines chipping in offensively, it makes us that much tougher to play against.’’

There were a few scary moments during the game, and one included Bertuzzi, as Khan noted:

Bertuzzi, on taking a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom off his left leg in the second period: “I don’t carry a lot of padding and it caught me off-guard. I was looking right, puck came left, so it was an unexpected Charley horse. I’m good.’’

The Wings’ power play remains mired in muck, too, as the Free Press’s St. James noted:

POWER PLAY STRUGGLES: The Wings went 0-for-3 with the man advantage, getting almost no good chances with the extra man. “We couldn’t get in their zone,” coach Mike Babcock said.

Overall, the Wings felt that they didn’t need to send a message to anyone save themselves and their fans, and with the back-to-backs in Florida and then a long West Coast swing on tap to end the month, the Wings believe that they’re starting to measure up to their own (and their fans’) expectations:

OVERHEARD: Howard on what made the difference: “We had them pinned in their own zone for most of the second period, and that probably really wore on them. ... I think guys just paid more attention to details and realized that we had to pay more attention to details as a whole group. The guys really did that the last two games. They really did a tremendous job. “

Overheard Part II: Bertuzzi on getting cheered off the ice: “People pay a pretty big buck to come in here and want a good effort. Unfortunately, we’ve had a couple of stinkers. You go through situations like that, but I think it was refreshing to have an Original Six team in here and an unbelievable team. So it was something we can measure ourselves on.”

Tim Thomas had this to say to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan about the Wings’ style of play when they’re on top of their collective and individual games…

“Detroit has its own style and when you don’t play against it a lot, it can give you fits,” Thomas said. “That’s what it did to us.”

And because the man who many of us were the most worried about delivered two sensational performances, Jimmy Howard gets the last word:

“It was another great (defensive) effort,” said Howard, who stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced, few of which were prime scoring opportunities. “We wanted to build off the other night (Friday’s 6-1 romp over Boston) and that’s what we did. We continued to play great defensively.  It was a great team effort. The guys did a great job in front of me clearing the puck. Just like the other night, they made my life pretty easy.”

Howard is optimistic the Wings are out of their tailspin.

“We knew how good we were, we just got sloppy,” Howard said. “Maybe we got into a little bit of a slump. But (it’s about) paying attention to details and working hard in practice, and we’re seeing it pay off.”

Keep it up, Jimmy, and keep it going, Wings.

Multimedia:

Highlights: Here’s NHL.com’s 4-minute clip:

NESN posted a 2:36 highlight clip which includes a few post-game comments from Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand:

 

Comcast Sportsnet Northeast posted a 1:31 highlight clip:

 

And NBC’s highlight clip is substantially shorter:

 

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Post-game: The Wings’ website posted a post-game clip of Todd Bertuzzi, Kris Draper, Jimmy Howard and Mike Babcock speaking to the press…

 

Comcast SportsNet Northeast posted a 1:40 clip of Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Tim Thomas speaking to the media…

 

As well as Claude Julien’s post-game presser:

 

NBC also posted a their profile of Nicklas Lidstrom…

 

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A “Net Cam” clip…

 

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And a “star cam” clip:

 

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Chris Osgood Ceremony: NBC skipped airing the Red Wings’ ceremony honoring Chris Osgood’s 400th win, but the Red Wings’ website posted both their in-house video tribute to Osgood…

 

And a clip of the Wings’ ceremony on the ice:

 

Photos: The Detroit Free Press posted a 23-image gallery;

The Detroit News posted a 21-image gallery;

NHL.com posted a 42-image gallery;

Yahoo Sports posted a 28-image gallery;

The Red Wings’ website posted a 38-image gallery and embedded an image in its website’s recap;

And the Bruins’ website posted a 33-image gallery and embedded an image in its website’s recap.

Statistics: Shots 36-25 Detroit overall. The Wings out-shot the Bruins 10-9 in the 1st period, 19-7 in the 2nd period and were out-shot 10-7 in the third period.

The Wings went 0-for-3 in 5:22 of PP time; the B’s went 1-for-3 in 5:18 of PP time.

Howard stopped 23 of 25; Thomas stopped 32 of 36.

Our goals: Bertuzzi (11), unassisted;

Datsyuk (14) from Rafalski (32) and Hudler (18);

Draper (6) from Eaves (6) and Helm (17);

Bertuzzi (12) from Franzen (17) and Zetterberg (44).

The 3 stars, per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, were Zdeno Chara, Kris Draper and Todd Bertuzzi.

Team Stats:

Faceoffs 34-22 Detroit
(Wings won 58% of draws);

Blocked shots 8-6 Boston;

Missed shots 11-10 Detroit (total shot attempts 55-41 Detroit);

Hits 25-20 Boston;

Giveaways 8-1 Detroit;

Takeaways 10-6 Detroit.

Nick finished at +2 and is officially at +1 now.

Individual Stats:

Faceoffs: Henrik Zetterberg went 9-and-8 (53%); Darren Helm went 11-and-3 (79%); Jiri Hudler went 5-and-9 (36%); Justin Abdelkader went 6-and-2 (75%); Kris Draper went 1-and-2 (33%); Franzen went 2-and-0; Bertuzzi lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Bertuzzi led the Wings with 4 shots; Kindl, Abdekader, Cleary, Rafalski, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen had 3 shots; Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Eaves had 2; Miller, Hudler, Draper, Zetterberg and Helm had 1.

Blocked attempts: Rafalski fired 2 shots into Bruins players; Cleary, Datsyuk, Salei, Helm, Ericsson and Kronwall had single shot attempts blocked.

Missed shots: Franzen missed the net 3 times; Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Lidstrom, Abdelkader, Eaves, Miller, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net once.

Hits: Abdelkader and Kindl co-led the team with 3 hits apiece; Salei, Rafalski and Kronwall had 2; Lidstrom, Cleary, Datsyuk, Draper, Helm, Ericsson, Franzen and Holmstrom registered single hits.

Giveaways: Cleary, Hudler, Rafalski, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall and Franzen had giveaways.

Takeaways: Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen had 2 takeaways; Hudler, Rafalski, Bertuzzi and Kronwall had single takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Salei blocked 2 shots; Rafalski, Bertuzzi, Ericsson and Kronwall blocked single shots.

Penalties
: Rafalski, Draper and Franzen were tagged with minor penalties.

Plus-minus: Rafalski finished at +3; Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Franzen finished at +2; Cleary, Datsyuk, Hudler and Ericsson finished at +1; Kindl and Salei finished at -1, so the team went +15 collectively.

Points: Bertuzzi had 2 goals; Draper and Datsyuk had single goals; Eaves, Hudler, Rafalski, Zetterberg, Helm and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:47 played; Lidstrom played 22:49; Rafalski played 21:55;

Ericsson played 20:37; Zetterberg played 19:18; Salei played 18:13;

Franzen played 17:26; Bertuzzi played 16:37; Datsyuk played 16:29;

Hudler played 16:05; Cleary played 15:09; Miller played 13:19;

Abdelkader played 13:05; Kindl played 13:02; Eaves played 12:40;

Helm played 12:20; Holmstrom played 12:00; Draper played 9:13.

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thanks for finding the Ozzy video George.

Great game today all around.  DET overcame another slow start, and dominated most of the game afterwards.  These past two games should help their confidence immeasurably.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/13/11 at 07:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Let me repost my welcome to MsRedWingFan up here on the updated thread.

Thanks for the great info..  I was hoping to find video of Ozzie’s ceremony or whatever they were having for him.

Great links on follow up to the game.  Amazing how much better the general mood and well being is when the Wings win.  Imagine what we’d be like if they didn’t win twice as many as they lose?

(Incidentally, some of you need to be aware of and remember that fact amid all the unbridled doom and gloom)
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Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan & hometown of Justin Abdelkader on 02/13/11 at 03:55 PM ET

Oh Yay!  Another Michigander, and female, and Red Wing fan, AND home of my daughter’s heart throb! If you hang around I’ll get you on The Map if you’d like.

This place gets better every week.

Sometimes I don’t post anything during games either just because of the location of my computer and it takes away from picking up on defensive zone turnovers.  Sometimes I’ll try to use the iPad on the sofa but significant letters often don’t get entered that completely change the meaning of the words.

Everyone notice that MegaPutz disappeared like all the other troll cowards?

Posted by RWBill from Virginia, Imported From Detroit, bitch. on 02/13/11 at 06:30 PM ET

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/13/11 at 08:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Just hearing the crowd chanting Ozzie,Ozzie, Ozzie, gave me the chills. Thanks for the clip, George.

I loves me some Ozzie.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/13/11 at 08:55 PM ET

pucked up's avatar

That’s a terrific video of Ozzy and watching it helped to keep the good post-game spirits still running high.  Thanks a million for your tireless info and efforts, George.

Sometimes I don’t post anything during games either just because of the location of my computer and it takes away from picking up on defensive zone turnovers.

Posted by RWBill from Virginia, Imported From Detroit, bitch. on 02/13/11 at 06:38 PM ET

I don’t usually live post either, mostly because I watch the games with my wife and son, the same son I’m happy to report who’s reclaimed his happy RW swagger thanks to a decent showing on Friday and an impressive one today. 

As far as the unbridled gloom and doom, it just seems natural to me that we pretty much track how the players must be feeling, especially during a tailspin.  The stronger the connection between the fans and the team and back again, the more energy and power created.  That has to be a good thing.

Posted by pucked up on 02/13/11 at 09:33 PM ET

bobinalaska's avatar

Everyone notice that MegaPutz disappeared like all the other troll cowards?

i don’t sit online on sunday afternoons. hope you managed without me, princess.

Posted by mega lulz on 02/13/11 at 07:42 PM ET

Just Sunday evenings, then?

I, too got chills with the Ozzie chant, Kate. Today has been a great day - well worth waking up at 8:30 on a Sunday after poker night to catch the first two periods of the Wings game in the comfort of my own cabin and then head over to see the Cup.

Posted by bobinalaska from Fairbanks, Palinistan on 02/13/11 at 10:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Doc Emrick is the man.  If Versus can have him do the television coverage with someone else other than Edzo and Douche Canoe, I’d stop muting their coverage.

Thanks, Ozzie.  Here’s to your induction coming soon.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/14/11 at 12:18 AM ET

pgoody's avatar

i don’t sit online on sunday afternoons. hope you managed without me, princess.

Posted by mega lulz on 02/13/11 at 07:42 PM ET

Is that when you go around neighborhoods ringing doorbells and letting everybody know your a pedophile…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6H9-bj7vb8

Posted by pgoody on 02/14/11 at 02:35 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Oi, Leino, look at what Happy has done when he keeps working at it.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/14/11 at 11:06 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I was thinking about something today…

considering the way the Wings played for a stretch, many fans were throwing in the towel and ready to declare the end of the world.  then, two games against the Bruins and we saw the Wings play the way we know they can.

this leads me to one conclusion.  the man behind the bench is the only one I would want behind the bench.  Babbles is one of the best coaches on the planet.  somehow he did the exactly right thing to go from one of the worst performances we’ve seen in a long time, to two of the best…in a matter of days.

never.  NEVER.  question the brain trust.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/14/11 at 05:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/14/11 at 03:38 PM ET

I would also like to think that the veterans had had a part in those two games.  I know we ask so much of Zetterberg that I almost think it’s unfair to ask even more from him but it shows character when everyone on the Wings acknowledge that they ain’t playing well.

And then they go about fixing it right away?  I love this team.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/14/11 at 05:50 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

And then they go about fixing it right away?  I love this team.

the way they played Friday, and even more Sunday IMO, really felt like I was watching a playoff game.  something about their focus, their skating, and their execution just felt June-ish.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/14/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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