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The Detroit Red Wings (13-7-1, 27 pts) defeated the Bruins (13-7-1, 27 pts) on Friday afternoon, topping a red-hot Boston club 3-2 in a shootout to end the B’s ten-game winning streak at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
The contest was well played throughout the entire match, with several minutes of continuous play, precision skill, focused defense and brilliant goaltending sprinkled throughout.
Boston out shot Detroit 43-31, but the Red Wings had plenty of excellent scoring chances and capitalized on those opportunities.
Boston dominated Detroit in the early phases of the first, piling up shot after shot and controlling play in the offensive end. The Bruins had a chance to take the early lead with the man advantage, but Red Wings’ goaltender Jimmie Howard stuffed Nathan Horton on the doorstep with 9:25 left.
Two minutes later, Detroit struck on a Valtteri Filppula tally with 7:17 left in the first. Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg broke out from their defensive zone, passing back-and-forth until Zetterberg fed Filppula in the slot, who snuck it over the right pad of a sprawling Tuukka Rask to take the 1-0 lead.
The Bruins tied the game just 4:05 into the second on Daniel Paille’s third goal of the year. Horton intercepted a Jimmie Howard pass in the trapezoid and found a rushing Paille, who rifled it past the diving Howard.
Detroit matched just 35 seconds later on a fantastic individual effort from Wings’ star Pavel Datsyuk. Johan Frazen passed the puck across ice to Todd Bertuzzi on the edge of the right circle, where a crashing Datsyuk corralled a Bertuzzi pass and a beautiful skate-to-stick move was good enough to beat Rask.
Boston once against tilted the ice in the third, out shooting Detroit 18-10. The Bruins were able to equalize the contest half way through the final frame when Patrice Bergeron intercepted a Henrik Zetterberg mistake and snuck it past Howard’s near side.
There was plenty of back-and-forth action over the final minutes, but both goaltenders made some fantastic saves to force the extra period.
A scoreless overtime period saw both teams nearly win it, but Rask and Howard made the requisite number of saves to force the game-deciding shootout. Tyler Seguin was stuffed on the opening opportunity, giving Datsyuk the opportunity to put the Red Wings in the drivers’ seat, which he did. Both Rich Peverly and Jiri Hudler were denied in the second round. Horton tied the shoot out with his final opportunity, but Todd Bertuzzi’s swift right-to-left deek beat Rask’s glove for the win.
The Bruins return to the ice on Saturday, battling the Winnepeg Jets (8-9-4, 20 pts) at 7:00 at the TD Garden.