|Date of game: 10/15/2014
Recap: Detroit vs. Boston
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - David Krejci and Reilly Smith scored once each in regulation, then tallied again in the shootout and the Boston Bruins posted a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Tuukka Rask made 18 stops for the Bruins, who had lost three in a row after a season-opening win against the Flyers.
"A real tough win. But a win we deserved," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Probably the best game we've played to this point."
Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who fell to 1-1-1 on the year. Jimmy Howard took the loss despite stopping 37 pucks.
"Howie stole us a point here tonight," noted Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "All in all tonight we weren't as good as we'd like to be. We've just gotta be better."
Krejci's successful split of two Detroit defenders up the middle resulted in the game's first goal on a forehand from the low slot at 5:12 of the first period.
The Wings evened the score at 8:40 on Tatar's high, sharp-angle shot from the right wing.
Rask did the splits to deny a Luke Glendening breakaway just prior to the five-minute mark of the second period, and the Bruins repaid that effort by taking a 2-1 lead at 13:31 as Patrice Bergeron fed into the slot for a successful one-timer from Smith.
On a Wings advantage with less than three minutes elapsed in the third, Nyquist was allowed to skate in alone from the bottom to the top of the right circle, before snapping a shot home high and to the far side.
Daniel Paille's drive from the left wing rang off the far post inside of five minutes left in regulation, and Boston failed to click with a 3-on-1 break almost 90 seconds into the extra session.
Krejci completed the first round of the shootout with a hard wrister past Howard, and after Nyquist missed just wide of the left post, Smith ended the contest by scoring inside the right post after several dekes.Game Notes
Boston had accumulated a 3-6 record in shootouts last year, while Detroit
finished 5-9 ... Simon Gagne, signed by the Bruins to a one-year, $600,000
contract on Tuesday, participated in his 800th career game and first
since April 27, 2013 with the Flyers.