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Sturm, Bruins surprise Red Wings to snap skid

Mar 11, 2007 - 8:58 PM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- Although they have struggled of late, the Boston Bruins apparently still know how to win in Joe Louis Arena.

Marco Sturm tallied twice and registered an assist as the Bruins rallied from an early deficit to post a 6-3 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings.

It was the first meeting between the clubs since January 10, 2004, when the Bruins posted a 2-1 overtime victory in Boston. The Bruins had recorded a 3-0 victory here three days earlier in their last trip to Detroit.

Boston coach Dave Lewis, who was behind Detroit's bench during those contests, downplayed the significance of his return to Joe Louis Arena.

"For me, it's two points," said Lewis, who spent 20 years with the Red Wings as a player, coach and scout. "All I have are great memories of this team, this organization, these fans. I knew how to get into the visitors' locker room, but I hadn't been in there in a long time."

Boston entered Sunday's contest on a three-game skid, a stretch in which it netted a total of just two goals.

But the Bruins snapped their losing streak in explosive fashion against one of the league's top teams, overcoming an early 2-1 deficit by going 2-of-4 on the power play over the last two periods.

"We've waited for this for a long time," Sturm said. "Power plays are obviously a big part of the new game right now, especially as you're going down the stretch. The power play makes a big difference, and I think that's why we lost some games."

Sturm, who opened the scoring five minutes into the first session, forged a 2-2 tie at 5:43 of the second period with his 23rd goal, a power-play tally off a feed from Marc Savard.

Petr Tenkrat gave Boston the lead for good at 11:38 of the middle session with his eighth goal. He skated through the right faceoff circle before blasting a slap shot past Dominik Hasek to make it 3-2.

Patrice Bergeron, Chuck Kobasew and rookie Phil Kessel all tallied in the third period to add insurance for the Bruins (33-31-5), who climbed within five points of the Carolina Hurricanes (34-28-8) and the New York Rangers (34-27-8) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York posted a 2-1 shootout victory over Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

"Everybody's believing in here still," Savard said. "That's the nice thing. I've said all year, they're character guys and they're proving that."

Boston provided more than enough offense for Tim Thomas, who made 34 saves to win his first career game against the Red Wings.

A native of Flint, Thomas was thrilled to beat his hometown team.

"It meant a lot," Thomas said. "I tried to tell myself that it didn't, because I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself. ... I realize how much it meant to me with just a few minutes left. The emotions started to boil up."

Hasek stopped 18 shots while Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist for Detroit (43-17-9), which entered three points behind Nashville (46-18-6) for the best record in the NHL.

"We can't, from the back end, continue to turn over the puck like we have been," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We were terrible at the start. This has been coming. This isn't a surprise to anybody who has been watching the team."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 1 2 3 6
    DETROIT 2 0 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 22 (ANDREW FERENCE, BRANDON BOCHENSKI)
    5:26
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (KYLE CALDER) 7:36
    DET - (PP) NICKLAS LIDSTROM 12 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 8:14
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARCO STURM 23 (MARC S

    Mar 11 2:59 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 6
    DETROIT 3
    3RD PRD: BOS - PHIL KESSEL 9 (CHUCK KOBASEW, MARC SAVARD) 14:19

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 2:49 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 5
    DETROIT 3
    3RD PRD: DET - ROBERT LANG 17 (JIRI HUDLER, NIKLAS KRONVALL) 12:13

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 2:46 PM


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    BOSTON 5
    DETROIT 2
    3RD PRD: BOS - (PP) CHUCK KOBASEW 5 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 8:34

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 2:38 PM


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    BOSTON 4
    DETROIT 2
    3RD PRD: BOS - PATRICE BERGERON 19 (AARON WARD) 2:35

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 2:27 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 1 2 3
    DETROIT 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 22 (ANDREW FERENCE, BRANDON BOCHENSKI)
    5:26
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (KYLE CALDER) 7:36
    DET - (PP) NICKLAS LIDSTROM 12 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 8:14
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARCO STU

    Mar 11 2:05 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 3
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: BOS - PETR TENKRAT 8 (UNASSISTED) 11:38

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 1:51 PM


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    BOSTON 2
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARCO STURM 23 (MARC SAVARD, PATRICE BERGERON)
    5:43

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 1:40 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 1 1
    DETROIT 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 22 (ANDREW FERENCE, BRANDON BOCHENSKI)
    5:26
    DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (KYLE CALDER) 7:36
    DET - (PP) NICKLAS LIDSTROM 12 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 8:14
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2N

    Mar 11 1:12 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    DETROIT 2
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) NICKLAS LIDSTROM 12 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MIKAEL
    SAMUELSSON) 8:14

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 12:53 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - JIRI HUDLER 11 (KYLE CALDER) 7:36

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 12:50 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    DETROIT 0
    1ST PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 22 (ANDREW FERENCE, BRANDON BOCHENSKI) 5:26

    Bruins vs. Red WingsMar 11 12:46 PM