Detroit Red Wings defeat the Boston Bruins, 4-2
Two wins in a row? Now the Red Wings are just spoiling us.
It seems that Detroit has finally gotten back on track, following recent struggles in the past month, with a weekend sweep of the Boston Bruins, winning 6-1 on Friday night and 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
As of now it seems pretty hard to believe that Detroit went eight straight periods without a single goal just a little over a week ago. In two games against the Bruins, who aren’t a bad hockey team (they lead their division), the Wings have piled on 10 goals. Pretty impressive for a team that seemed to lack any semblance of an offense a few games ago.
Todd Bertuzzi lit up the Bruins, again, in round two, scoring two goals in the winning effort. Bertuzzi recorded his 700th career point off his goal in Friday night’s victory and added two more goals on Sunday afternoon to bring his season total to 12. But perhaps most impressive about Bertuzzi was his play off the puck, as well as on. He was able to utilize his strength and size to capitalize on a good Bruins squad.
Jimmy Howard got some help from his team’s defense on Sunday afternoon, something which he hasn’t had the privilege of receiving since well before the All-Star break. Howard stopped 23 of 25 shots that came his way, putting together a second consecutive solid performance. Now, if only he can keep that up on a more consistent basis.
Before the game, Chris Osgood was honored at center ice for his 400th career victory, back on Dec. 27 against the Colorado Avalanche. Osgood received a Rolex watch and his wife received flowers. His teammates are planning to send him on a summer golf vacation to Scotland and Ireland, which they plan on tagging along.
Detroit doesn’t play another game until Thursday, as they journey down to Florida for a two-game stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Feb. 17) and Florida Panthers (Feb. 18). Let’s hope this four-day steak without a game doesn’t deflate their momentum.
Check out 93 North Hockey for the Bruins side of things.
Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!
DET: T. Bertuzzi (06:09 – 1st)Ã‚Â ,Ã‚Â P. Datsyuk (03:54 – 2nd)Ã‚Â ,Ã‚Â K. Draper (12:44 – 2nd)Ã‚Â ,Ã‚Â T. Bertuzzi (13:35 – 3rd)
BOS: T. Seguin (01:29 – 1st)Ã‚Â ,Ã‚Â B. Marchand (PPG, 12:17 – 1st)
MOST VALUABLE WING
Todd Bertuzzi earns the MVW honor for the second consecutive game from Hockeytown Beat. Coming off his 700th career point in a goal against the Bruins on Friday, Bertuzzi doubled that scoring two goals and doing what he does best–utiliizing his size and strength–in the Wings 4-2 weekend sweep over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Bertuzzi has 12 goals throughout the season, with a quarter of those coming in the last two games.
DET, Todd Bertuzzi: “We got challenged. Our backs were against the wall and we had spoken enough about it. It was nice to see us go out and do something about it.”
DET, Mike Babcock: “Bert skated unbelievable tonight. That’s without the goals,” Babcock said. “I don’t evaluate that as much, just how he played and I thought he played great without the puck.
“He was physical on the ice. He skated great. When he’s doing that, he’s a big man.”
DET, Jimmy Howard: “It doesn’t surprise me at all. He works so hard in practice. He wants to score, wants to finish in practice. You continue to do that and put pucks on net, the hard work pays off.”
The Red Wings travel on their Florida road trip to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 17. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
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