NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 27th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (16-6-2) at Detroit Red Wings (11-7-7), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Boston Bruins will aim for a third
consecutive victory when they visit the Detroit Red Wings for Wednesday's
Atlantic Division battle at Joe Louis Arena.
The Bruins are coming off consecutive overtime wins against Carolina and
Pittsburgh, giving the club an 8-1-1 mark over its past 10 trips to the ice.
Boston's strong play in November has vaulted the club to the top of the
Atlantic standings, where it leads Tampa Bay by three points for first place.
Wednesday's showdown already marks the third of four scheduled meetings
between the Bruins and Red Wings this season. The Original Six rivals are back
in the same division following the onset of realignment at the start of the
The clubs have split the first two meetings this season, both of which were
played in Boston. The Red Wings have claimed five of six overall in this
series and the B's have lost two straight in the Motor City.
Boston has gone past regulation in each of its last three tilts, losing a
shootout decision to St. Louis last Thursday before notching consecutive OT
wins over Carolina and Pittsburgh to complete a three-game homestand.
After beating the Hurricanes by a 3-2 score on Saturday, the Bruins overcame a
late regulation goal by Sidney Crosby to down Pittsburgh by a 4-3 score on
Monday. Torey Krug scored the game-winner 34 seconds into the extra session
after Crosby knotted the score at 3-3 with just 0.3 seconds left in the third
In overtime, Krug skated unchecked into the left circle and rifled a slap shot
that beat Marc-Andre Fleury high to the far side. Boston also got goals from
Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith and 28 saves from Tuukka Rask.
Rask was beat for the tying goal after Crosby was left alone near the right
post. After Chris Kunitz put a spinning backhand shot on net, Pittsburgh's
star centerman was in perfect position to jam the puck into the net just
before the buzzer sounded the end of regulation
The play was reviewed and upheld as a goal. Afterward, Rask explained his
reaction to it.
"You think, 'Really? This happened?'" said Rask. "But the game goes on so you
can't think about it too much."
Boston will try to pick up a third straight win as the guest on Wednesday
before ending November on a two-game homestand. The Bruins are 10-3-2 as the
host this season compared to a 6-3-0 mark on the road.
Detroit has won two of its last three games after suffering through an 0-2-5
stretch from Nov. 4-19. The Red Wings last played on Sunday when they notched
a 3-1 victory in Buffalo, earning the win despite the absence of star forward
Johan Franzen broke a third-period tie with a power-play goal to help Detroit
outlast the Sabres at First Niagara Center.
Franzen let go a shot from the right circle and the puck deflected off the leg
of Buffalo defenseman Alexander Sulzer and fluttered past Ryan Miller at the
11:43 mark. The Sabres had a chance to pull even on a later man advantage, but
couldn't convert with Stephen Weiss serving time for a tripping penalty.
Daniel Alfredsson, back in the lineup after a five-game absence due to a groin
injury, scored an empty-netter with 49 seconds left to seal just the second
win in the last 10 games for Detroit.
Jonas Gustavsson denied Steve Ott on a penalty shot in the second period, one
of 21 saves by the Detroit goaltender.
"So far I think the guys have been helping me a lot," Gustavsson said. "That's
what you need as a goalie. You need the guys to help you and sometimes you
want to help them too."
Datsyuk, who is suffering from possible concussion symptoms, will miss a
second straight game on Wednesday. He is leading Detroit with 12 goals this
season and is second on the club with 23 points.
Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi also will sit out a third straight game on
Wednesday due to an upper-body injury.
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