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Krejci propels Bruins past Red Wings

Nov 30, 2008 - 4:24 AM
By Tony Lee PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Looking for a nice way to finish off an amazing month, the Boston Bruins found it by taking out the defending Stanley Cup champion.

David Krejci had a goal and an assist, Phil Kessel scored for the sixth time in seven games and goaltender Manny Fernandez remained perfect at home as the Bruins stayed hot with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Rookie Blake Wheeler and Chuck Kobasew also scored for Boston (16-4-4), which has won nine straight at TD Banknorth Garden and finished November with an 11-1-1 record. Michael Ryder notched two assists and Fernandez made 29 saves to improve to 6-0-0 at home.

The Bruins' 23 points in November is their most in a month since they had 24 in December 1978. Finishing it against a powerhouse like Detroit certainly sends a message.

"We can beat anybody in this league and we can play with anybody in this league," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who assisted on Kessel's goal in the first.

Jiri Hudler scored and Ty Conklin turned aside six shots before being relieved by Chris Osgood for Detroit, which failed to pick up a point for the first time in seven road games this month.

Osgood made nine saves for the Red Wings.

"We've been pretty successful on the road this year," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We hit a speed bump here tonight."

A lot of teams have hit speed bumps in Boston of late, and it has nothing to do with the city's horrendous roads. Since a loss here to Toronto on October 23, the Bruins have outscored opponents at home, 46-18. Six of their nine straight home wins have come by at least three goals and sellouts are becoming regular.

"I know when I first got here I was looking into the stands and they were half-empty," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "It's a little disheartening to see that. The fact that now every night you're coming out and it seems to be more and more people ... (the fans) definitely are a seventh player."

The crowd was a bit quiet early on as Detroit took the first eight shots of the game. Julien said his team was "watching" rather than playing early on.

When the Bruins finally got a shot on net exactly 12 minutes in, they made it count for a 1-0 lead. Krejci fed Ryder, who split two defenders to create a 2-on-1 with Wheeler streaking down the left side. Ryder slid the puck to Wheeler, who one-timed it past Conklin for his eighth goal of the season and second in as many games.

It was the kind of team effort not lost on the Red Wings. Babcock himself mentioned nine different players in one long sentence when asked which Boston players impressed him most.

"They've got good players and they're starting to come of age," Babcock said. "They've been drafting high for a long time and it starts to show after a period of time."

The fifth overall pick in 2006, Kessel scored his team-high 13th goal of the season four minutes after Wheeler's goal on Boston's third shot of the night. Defenseman Shane Hnidy passed the puck to Kessel just inside the blue line and the 21-year-old unloaded a slap shot past Conklin for his sixth goal in seven games.

Kessel has six goals and five assists in a career-high nine-game points streak.

The Bruins' chances were limited again in the second, but again they made them count. After Patrice Bergeron stripped a Detroit defender of the puck in the corner, he found Kobasew skating toward the net in prime position for a one-timer that made it 3-0 with 11:59 left in the second. It was only Boston's second shot of the period and prompted Babcock to make a switch in net.

"Well, I let up three goals in nine shots, which is not very good," Conklin said when asked about the hook.

Detroit's vaunted power play, ranked first in the NHL by a wide margin, struck for a goal with 3:35 left in the second when Hudler fired the puck into a crowd and had it glance off the skate of Bruins center Marc Savard for his ninth goal of the season.

However, Fernandez was able to thwart any further attacks and Krejci beat Osgood midway through the third to finish the scoring as Boston improved to 6-1-2 in its last nine meetings between the "Original Six" rivals.

Calling the Bruins "one of the top teams in the NHL right now," Fernandez credited his teammates with keeping the high-scoring Red Wings in check.

"Tonight we seemed to control the breakouts, controlled everything out there," said Fernandez, who made 14 of his saves in the second.

"Blocking shots at a good time, clearing rebounds."

Fernandez started two straight for the first time this season as regular starter Tim Thomas fights an illness, one of the casualties of a stretch that has seen Boston play 10 games in 18 days. It went 8-1-1 in the span.

"In a way you're kind of sad it's over because you got a pretty good run going and you feel like you got some momentum," Julien said. "Hopefully we won't lose that and we'll bring it to Florida (on Thursday)."






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    Red Wings 1, Bruins 4  FinalNov 30 1:43 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DETROIT 0 1 0 1
    BOSTON 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - BLAKE WHEELER 8 (MICHAEL RYDER, DAVID KREJCI) 12:00
    BOS - PHIL KESSEL 13 (SHANE HNIDY, ZDENO CHARA) 16:11
    2ND PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 5 (PATRICE BERGERON) 8:01
    DET - (PP) JIRI HUDLER 9 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, MIKAE

    Nov 29 9:27 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    BOSTON 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - DAVID KREJCI 7 (DENNIS WIDEMAN, BLAKE WHEELER) 6:51

    Red Wings 1, Bruins 4  3rd - 13:09Nov 29 9:03 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 1 1
    BOSTON 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - BLAKE WHEELER 8 (MICHAEL RYDER, DAVID KREJCI) 12:00
    BOS - PHIL KESSEL 13 (SHANE HNIDY, ZDENO CHARA) 16:11
    2ND PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 5 (PATRICE BERGERON) 8:01
    DET - (PP) JOHAN FRANZEN 11 (JIRI HUD

    Nov 29 8:38 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    BOSTON 3
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) JOHAN FRANZEN 11 (JIRI HUDLER, HENRIK ZETTERBERG)
    16:25

    Red Wings 1, Bruins 3  2nd - 3:35Nov 29 8:33 PM
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    Red Wings 0, Bruins 3  2nd - 11:59Nov 29 8:19 PM


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    DETROIT 0
    BOSTON 3
    2ND PRD: BOS - CHUCK KOBASEW 5 (PATRICE BERGERON) 8:01

    Red Wings 0, Bruins 3  2nd - 11:59Nov 29 8:16 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 0
    BOSTON 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BOS - BLAKE WHEELER 8 (MICHAEL RYDER, DAVID KREJCI) 12:00
    BOS - PHIL KESSEL 13 (SHANE HNIDY, ZDENO CHARA) 16:11
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DET 10 10
    BO

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    DETROIT 0
    BOSTON 2
    1ST PRD: BOS - PHIL KESSEL 13 (SHANE HNIDY, ZDENO CHARA) 16:11

    Red Wings 0, Bruins 2  1st - 3:49Nov 29 7:39 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 0
    BOSTON 1
    1ST PRD: BOS - BLAKE WHEELER 8 (MICHAEL RYDER, MATT HUNWICK) 12:00

    Red Wings 0, Bruins 1  1st - 8:00Nov 29 7:27 PM
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