Now, which team on the ice Wednesday had the best record in the Eastern Conference? The Boston Bruins do, but they didn’t play like it. The Red Wings don’t have the best record, but looked like a team capable of closing in on it,with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Bruins. Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall (power play), Drew Miller and Gustav Nyquist all had Red Wings goals, while goalie Jonas Gustavsson continued his turnaround season with a 16-save victory. The six goals were a season-high, and they came without Pavel Datsyuk (concussion symptoms) and Todd Bertuzzi (bruised shoulder). “We’ve played a lot of good games this year but we haven’t won a lot of games,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We just built off what we’ve been building (lately) and that’s a positive for the guys.” For all the recent difficulties actually winning a hockey game, the Red Wings (12-7-7, 31 points) only trail the Bruins (16-7-2, 34 points) by three points for the Atlantic Division lead and best record in the East. And head-to-head, the Bruins haven’t been an issue for the Red Wings yet this season. The Red Wings have won two of the three games against the Bruins this season with, interestingly, both victories coming with Gustavsson in net. “All the credit goes to the guys, they did a real good job,” said Gustavsson, who Babcock said will start Sunday in Ottawa after Jimmy Howard starts Friday on Long Island against the New York Islanders. “We know we can compete against any team in the league.” Gustavsson raised his record to 6-0-1, earning at least one point in the standings in every game. It was Gustavsson’s second consecutive start in place of Howard (who is winless in his last seven starts). Jarome Iginla scored the lone Bruins goal with 2 minutes 25 seconds left in the game. “We skated,” said Babcock, of what he liked best. “We had puck luck, and we havne’t had a whole lot of that this year. Good special teams, good goaltending. But we skated good (Wednesday).” This game was decided in the second period when the Red Wings scored three goals in a span of 3:56, turning a close 1-0 game into a game that was anything but. Tatar began the spurt with his third goal, at 6:05 of the second period. He took a pass from defenseman Brian Lashoff and weaved through the ice, going around the net and tucking a wraparound goal past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (22 saves). Zetterberg extended the lead to 3-0 at 8:47 with his 11th goal.
Red Wings' second-period flurry buries conference-leading Bruins 6-1
Detroit News | Nov 28