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Osgood sharp again as Red Wings down Bruins

Feb 3, 2008 - 4:48 AM
By Mike Petraglia PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BOSTON (Ticker) - The Detroit Red Wings made the Boston Bruins their latest victims thanks to two of their leading scorers and one of the NHL's hottest goaltenders.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the tying goal and assisted on Pavel Datsyuk's go-ahead tally while Chris Osgood turned away 22 shots as the Red Wings rallied for their seventh consecutive victory, a 3-1 win over the Bruins before an electrified sellout crowd at TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday.

Osgood improved to a league-best 22-3-2 as the Red Wings won for the 40th time in 54 games, matching their mark from 1995-96, when they won an NHL-record 62 games.

"See what we do in the next 15 games," Osgood said regarding the record. "We haven't really thought about it. The last three games have been real difficult. We're 3-0, but if you ask anybody in our room, it's wasn't easy. Teams are playing us tough. It's going to be real tough the last 29 games. It's do-able, but it's going to be real tough."

It was Detroit's first win in regulation over Boston since December 11, 1999.

The Bruins struck first when rookie Milan Lucic gained control of the puck along the boards in front of his own bench and fed Chuck Kobasew. The right wing passed it to Glen Metropolit, who was on his left wing on a 2-on-1 rush.

Kobasew got the puck back from Metropolit and beat Osgood to the stick side with a quick wrist shot at 7:52 of the first period.

David Krejci had a chance to double the lead in the second while the Bruins were on a two-man advantage. With Osgood battling traffic in front, Krejci had an open net to the goaltender's right but flipped his wrist shot over the crossbar.

"That's the way it happens sometimes with open nets. You live by the sword, you die by the sword," said Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, a former Red Wing. "Tonight, we just couldn't get the second one. We were searching for it and just couldn't get it, and they jumped on it."

Detroit gained momentum from the two-man penalty kill as it outshot Boston, 12-7, in the pivotal second period.

"They had a lot of shots," Osgood said. "We did a good job of getting in the shooting lane. (Boston captain Zdeno) Chara had a lot of hard shots. What we did good there was, we cleared loose pucks away. It kind of enabled us to regroup."

"We were only down 1-0, and we know the type of game they play and their goaltender, obviously, gives them a chance to win every game, so we like to think we can get a goal or two a game anyway," Red Wings veteran defenseman Chris Chelios said. "If we get down 2-0, it's a whole different story, maybe, the way their playing. That's a good road win in Boston, that's for sure."

The Red Wings managed to successfully kill the two-man power play and then nearly tied the game when Zetterberg fired a shot from between the faceoff circles. But All-Star netminder Tim Thomas was equal to the task and covered up the puck immediately without a rebound.

But Detroit's leader in goals did not miss his target later in the second period. Datsyuk won a faceoff in the left circle and the loose puck went directly to Zetterberg, who snapped a shot that beat Thomas between the pads at 15:04 for his 31st goal.

"It was nice to score a goal after Thomas has been playing good lately, and it was nice to get one by him," Zetterberg said. "We're just doing our thing and they tried to play us as solid as possible. We had a game last night, and I think that was in our legs from the beginning. The longer the game went, the better we felt. We had more legs and had more energy to work in their end."

The combination of Datsyuk and Zetterberg came through again early in the third to give the Red Wings the lead.

Tomas Holmstrom gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed a streaking Zetterberg. Thomas made the first save with his pad but could not control the rebound, which bounced directly to Datsyuk's stick.

The All-Star center buried the puck in the vacant net for his 18th tally at 1:53 of the third, giving Detroit a 2-1 edge.

"Those two (Zetterberg and Datsyuk) work their tails off, so no one can question their work ethic," Chelios said.

Defenseman Brian Rafalski provided some insurance with a power-play goal with 5:58 remaining.

Thomas made 29 saves for Boston, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

All-Star Game hero Marc Savard had his nine-game points streak come to an end.

"Obviously, we get one there (on the wasted 5-on-3), we're up 2-0 and we're in the driver's seat," Savard said. "A one-goal lead against Detroit is not enough, obviously. We played with the best team in the league tonight, and everyone's battling. We just didn't have enough tonight."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DETROIT 0 1 2 3
    BOSTON 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 19 (GLEN METROPOLIT, MILAN LUCIC) 7:52
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 31 (PAVEL DATSYUK) 15:04
    3RD PRD: DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 18 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, TOMAS HOLMSTROM)
    1:53
    DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI

    Feb 2 9:28 PM


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    DETROIT 3
    BOSTON 1
    3RD PRD: DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI 10 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM) 14:02

    Red Wings vs. BruinsFeb 2 9:17 PM
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    Red Wings vs. BruinsFeb 2 9:04 PM


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    DETROIT 2
    BOSTON 1
    3RD PRD: DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 18 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG) 1:53

    Red Wings vs. BruinsFeb 2 8:55 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 1 1
    BOSTON 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 19 (GLEN METROPOLIT, MILAN LUCIC) 7:52
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 31 (PAVEL DATSYUK) 15:04
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DET 10 12

    Feb 2 8:35 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    BOSTON 1
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 31 (PAVEL DATSYUK) 15:04

    Red Wings vs. BruinsFeb 2 8:29 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 0
    BOSTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 19 (GLEN METROPOLIT, MILAN LUCIC) 7:52
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DET 10 10
    BOS 9 9
    GOALIES: DET - CHRIS OSGOOD
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    Feb 2 7:41 PM


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    DETROIT 0
    BOSTON 1
    1ST PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 19 (GLEN METROPOLIT, MILAN LUCIC) 7:52

    Red Wings vs. BruinsFeb 2 7:21 PM