NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 5th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (2-0-0) at Boston Bruins (1-0-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings look to make it three straight
victories to open the season on Saturday night as they visit the Boston
The Red Wings began the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Buffalo, then
headed to Carolina and rallied for a 3-2 overtime decision against the
Hurricanes on Friday night. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 17 seconds left in
regulation to force overtime and Stephen Weiss won it with his first goal as a
member of Detroit.
Weiss, who signed with the Red Wings this offseason after 10 campaigns with
the Florida Panthers, tapped a rebound home at the 3:13 mark of the extra
Justin Abdelkader also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
"That was a big win. It was a good character win and a good comeback by all
the boys in here," said Weiss. "We're happy to get the two points."
Detroit is looking to duplicate its start to the 2011-12 campaign, when it won
its first five contests of the season, and takes on a Boston club that began
defense of its Eastern Conference championship with a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay
The Bruins got a pair of short-handed goals in the contest, including Chris
Kelly's successful penalty shot in the first period. Milan Lucic scored the
winner late in the second period and Patrice Bergeron added the second short-
handed score in the third.
Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots for the Bruins.
"Our team's in a good place right now mentally and we're ready for another
challenge this year," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien of his team, which
is coming off a second conference title in the last three seasons.
That includes Bergeron, the 2012 Selke Trophy winner who suffered a variety of
injuries during last season's Cup Finals. That included a broken rib,
separated right shoulder and punctured lung that left him healing over the
"Bergy was Bergy. He didn't look like he missed a beat," Julien said.
The Bruins will now try to beat the Red Wings for the first time in five
meetings, having not bested the club since Nov. 29, 2008. The four-game series
slide includes a 3-2 shootout setback in Boston in the most recent encounter
on Nov. 25, 2011.
10/05 10:27:48 ET