BOSTON -- The Bruins scored two power-play goals and got 26 saves from Tuukka Rask as they picked up their second win of the season, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night at the TD Garden.
Boston scored the eventual game-winner, just 36 seconds into the second period, when Brad Marchand rang one off the left post and in with a snap shot from the right circle. Marchand took the puck from his own zone all the way down the right wing, and took advantage of Detroit's collapsing defensemen, snapping one home far-side to give the B's a 2-1 lead.
About three minutes after his go-ahead goal, Marchand left the game with an injury after colliding with Detroit's Justin Abdelkader in the Bruins' zone. Marchand went back to the room, but he only missed one shift and returned to play the rest of the game.
Boston added on and made it 3-1, eight minutes into the second, as Jordan Caron one-timed a Reilly Smith feed from the slot, moments after Adam McQuaid kept a puck in the zone at the right point.
And then, Zdeno Chara put the game out of reach with 7:43 left in the third period, and 13 seconds left on a Bruins power play.
Chara took a pass in the slot from Torey Krug, and the captain pulled it to his backhand and flipped it top right to make it 4-1.
Detroit had tied the game at 1-1with 3:11 left in the first period, thanks to a Henrik Zetterberg shot from the top of the left circle, immediately after Rask made a pad save on Abdelkader. Zetterberg was the trailer, crept in, and quickly shot the loose puck top-right.
Krug scored the first goal of the game, midway through the first, and 14 seconds into a power play. Milan Lucic sent a pass back to Krug from the right half-wall, and Krug took a slap shot from the middle point that found the back of the net, thanks to a Chara screen out front on Jimmy Howard.
GOLD STAR: Torey Krug generated eight attempted shots including five shots on goal, had a pair of points on the PP and opened up the scoring with a blast from the high point that sailed through a Zdeno Chara screen on the way to the back of the net. His mobility along the blue line and his big shot from the point have really changed the way Boston’s power play operates, and opened things up offensively for the Bruins after teasing with the possibilities during last year’s playoffs. After two games, Krug looks like the real deal as an offensive defenseman capable of really helping the Bruins.
BLACK EYE: Patrice Bergeron had zero shots and lost 11-of-19 face-offs in a showdown with fellow perennial Selke Trophy candidate Pavel Datsyuk, and didn’t have one of his better nights. It’s still early in the season and Datsyuk is one of the NHL’s best, so it sets up for a nice divisional showdown between these two throughout the season. Really, there were no black eyes for the B’s in such a solid victory against an excellent Red Wings team they caught playing their third game in four nights.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins went into the first intermission tied 1-1 despite dominating the Red Wings through the first 20 minutes, so clearly they wanted to make a statement to open the second. They did just that with Brad Marchand scoring on the very first shift of the second period after carrying the puck down the right wing, and picking a corner just inside the far post. It was Marchand’s first goal of the season, and the first real sign that the Nose Face Killah is picking up his game after an “average” training camp.
HONORABLE MENTION: Zdeno Chara probably doesn’t love playing down low close to the net on the power play like he did running the point for so many years in Boston, but both he and the B’s PP are much more effective that way. The 6-foot-9 goliath screened Jimmy Howard on the Torey Krug power play strike in the first period when the Detroit goalie never saw the puck coming, and then Chara used a nifty backhand from the slot to beat Howard in the third period. He also finished with six generated shot attempts and three hits in 22:23 of ice time in a solid performance from the B’s captain.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the number of career NHL goals in the regular season for Torey Krug after tonight’s power play strike against the Red Wings. It would seem the youngster should have more of them after last year’s playoff body of work, but the rookie blueliner only had three regular season games to his credit before this season. That still qualifies him as an NHL rookie in every sense of the word.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “If we score four goals a game, that would be awesome...I'd like that. Our power play looked really good today. I hope we can keep that going.” –Tuukka Rask, on the benefit of the Bruins not working quite so hard for their goals all the time.
Superlatives provided by CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty