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Red Wings-Bruins quick take: three-line scoring, PK, Gustavsson power Wings to clutch win

I've got some good news and some bad news, Red Wings fans...

The good news is that Jimmy Howard's left hand injury appears to be bruising/swelling and nothing more, and while he may not play tomorrow against Columbus, Jonas Gustavsson actually played remarkably well in the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

I've got more good news: the Red Wings' game will re-air on Fox Sports Detroit at 8 PM tonight.

The bad news? You didn't get to see this game live.

The Red Wings slowly but surely rebound from the, "What the flying *#$%@&, Gus is starting?" funk to slowly but surely, well, pull off quite the rally against the powerhouse Bruins, at least assuaging the B's 4-1 win over the Wings just over a week ago, and it was AWESOME to witness it all playing out in real time.

The Red Wings didn't dominate possession and control of the puck early on, and in all honesty, if not for superb shot-blocking, the Wings wouldn't have made it out of the first ten minutes of the first "even"...

But the team settled down over time, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg made something really gorgeous happen thanks to dogged determinaton from Datsyuk and a perfect shot from the Captain, 11:33 into the 1st:

I can't say that I was overly thrilled with the Wings' efforts on the play that led to Loui Eriksson's off-my-knee goal a little under 3 minutes later, mostly standing around and watching as the Bruins moved the puck...

 

But the team began to kill what turned out to be an utterly ridiculous number of penalties given the clutching, grabbing, hooking and holding committed by both teams (Detroit ended up killing five penalties to one coincidental minor yielding a 4-on-4), and stifling 1:53 of 5-on-3 time in the 3rd period.

But the "pivotal" PK happened after the WIngs finally got their second and third lines going during the same game. During the middle of a strong second period...

Off a superb rush set up by Brian Lashoff, Johan Franzen slid the puck to Stephen Weiss (Justin Abdelkader didn't register a point, but it is VERY evident that he's pushing Franzen to play harder), and he buried the puck 8:21 into the 2nd...

And 2:20 later, Daniel Cleary jammed home a slick pass from Daniel Alfredsson, set up by strong forechecking by Alfredsson and Joakim Andersson, and that was all the WIngs would need.

The Wings got a helluva scare late in the tilt, after having killed 3 penalties, they wore down, and Dennis Seidenberg's down-low play and a bad bounce off of Justin Abdelkader's skate yielded a 3-2 goal by Milan Lucic with only 1:20 left in the 3rd...

But the Wings held on, blocking shots, blocking passes, "fronting" the Bruins' players and really just working their asses off to ensure that there would be no overtime. Even Johan Franzen made a pivotal shot block en route to a clutch, clutch, clutch win.

The PK was superb, it looks like the Wings finally have a fourth line that can crash, bang and sustain a forecheck, Bertuzzi knows that he's got to play like Abdelkader to keep his spot, Franzen is stronger with Abdelkader pushing him, Alfredsson and Andersson have superb chemistry, Weiss has found the back of the net twice over the course of five games, and while the team's defense is a little awkward at times...

It turns out that DeKeyser and Quincey work as a pairing, as do Kindl and Lashoff--and Gustavsson was wild, crazy, disturbingly scary to watch, and frickin' good. Really frickin' good, stopping 26 of 27 shots.

 

 

The Wings earned this one, and they should come back home for a rare late start--8 PM tomorrow against Columbus--feeling a lot better about themselves, having tucked away 2 wins and games in which they proved that their PP can roll and proved that even-strength scoring is not an issue either, respectively.

Now if Gustavsson can keep playing like he understands that his job is on the line, I think the Wings have set themselves up for the kind of strong second-half-of-October push that they need to start clawing their way up the standings and to establish a consistent standard of play.

As for Howard...

Statistics:

Shots 30-27 Boston overall.
The teams tied 9-9 in shots in the 1st; Boston out-shot Detroit 11-10 in the 2nd and 10-8 in the 3rd.

The Bruins went 0-for-5 in 8:07 of PP time, including 1:53 of 5 on 3 time; Detroit had no power plays.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 28 of 30 shots against; Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 27.

The 3 stars were picked by 98.5 the Sports Hub, and they picked Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jonas Gustavsson.

The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (5) from Datsyuk (4);

Weiss (2) from Franzen (3) and Lashoff (1);

Cleary (1) from Alfredsson (5) and Andersson (1).

Faceoffs 24-22 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);

Blocked shots 22-4 Detroit;

Missed shots 17-11 Boston (shot attempts a stunning 69-42 Boston, with Detroit firing 27 on Rask and 15 wide/blocked);

Hits 25-19 Boston;

Giveaways 10-7 Boston;

Takeaways 3-1 Boston.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 7-and-11 (39%) against Bergeron; Andersson went 8-and-7 (53%); Weiss went 5-and-2 (71%); Glendening went 3-and-1 (75%); Miller lost his only faceoff; Alfredsson won his only faceoff.

Shots: Zetterberg led the Wings with 6 shots; Ericsson had 3; Abdelkader, Lashoff, Quincey, Bertuzzi, DeKeyser and Weiss had 2; Kindl, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Miller and Cleary had 1.

Blocked attempts: Kindl, Datsyuk, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 shot attempt blocked.

Missed attempts: Lashoff missed the net 4 times; Kindl missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Tootoo, Quincey and Ericsson missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Bertuzzi and Franzen led the Wings with 3 hits apiece; Kindl, Abdelkader, Miller and Ericsson had 2 hits; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Andersson, Zetterberg and DeKeyser had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Abelkader, Datsyuk, Andersson, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Weiss and Franzen had 1 giveaway.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had the Wings' only takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 4 shots; Lashoff, Zetterberg and DeKeyser blocked 3 shots; Andersson and Quincey blocked 2; Alfredsson, Miller, Glendening, Ericsson and Weiss blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Kindl, Alfredsson, Lashoff, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Cleary all took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +5. Abdelkader and Weiss finished at -1; Kindl, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Lashoff, Bertuzzi, Cleary and Franzen finished at +1.

Points: Zetterberg, Cleary and Weiss scored goals; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Andersson, Lashoff and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Ericsson led the team with 26:22; Kronwall played 25:30; Quincey played 19:47;

Datsyuk played 19:17; Zetterberg played 18:36; DeKeyser played 17:43;

Andersson played 16:25; Kindl played 15:52; Cleary played 15:20;

Lashoff played 15:18; Franzen played 15:16; Alfredsson played 14:40;

Abdelkader played 14:25; Weiss played 14:06; Bertuzzi played 11:36;

Miller played 10:18; Glendening played 10:00; Tootoo played 7:29.

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Comments

henrymalredo's avatar

Ok, so I just realized the Wings just played a game.  Since when are games played on weekday afternoons?  I know it’s Columbus Day, but it’s not like a lot of people get the day off for that.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 10/14/13 at 02:40 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

This is a Boston Bruins tradition. And a crappy one.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/14/13 at 02:46 PM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

Shot blocking was huge for us today, due in part to Gus being in net.  I think sometimes the guys rely too much on Howard to make the save and don’t sell out enough.  We need to keep playing this determined to defend as a whole.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 10/14/13 at 03:11 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

This is a Boston Bruins tradition. And a crappy one

They have good ones?  LOL

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/14/13 at 03:12 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Khan tweet,

Babcock looked at scoresheet: “5-0 (power play edge for Bruins).Might have to frame that because no one will believe it actually happened.’‘

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/13 at 03:28 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

No power plays for the Wings?????

Hell Chara should have got a penalty for the “attempted” grab he made on Dangle on the goal. Nothing but Air. I watched that clip about 20 times and laughed every time. grin

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/14/13 at 03:44 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The good news is that Jimmy Howard’s left hand injury appears to be bruising/swelling and nothing more,

LIES!

HIS HAND IS A BLOODY STUMP AND THEY CAN’T REATTACH IT.  Don’t lie to us…  Benoit will have to start in goal from now on, right?...

Posted by Primis on 10/14/13 at 03:46 PM ET

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My gawd pri, would you like to scare the crap out of all of us????

Thanks again George

Posted by bobbo on 10/14/13 at 03:56 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Is anyone else getting all the videos autoplaying when they open up this post?

Posted by SK77 on 10/14/13 at 05:29 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

They aren’t auto-playing for me, but the NHL’s video code is driving people nuts because it’s incredibly glitchy.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/14/13 at 05:40 PM ET

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Gus looked calm and in control of his game, imho this was the biggest takeaway from today;s game.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 10/14/13 at 06:03 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Sorry guys, afternoon game for us Canadians was awesome.  Happy Turkey Day !

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 10/14/13 at 06:36 PM ET

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