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Red Wings win rematch against Bruins

Oct 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins has words with Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Boston Bruins took first blood against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 5 in the first contest of their Atlantic Division rivalry. Today it was the Red Wings’ turn to strike back.

Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, and Daniel Cleary each found the back of the net for Detroit en route to a 3-2 victory.

Jimmy Howard was originally scheduled to play between the pipes against the Bruins, but he was held out of the game due to a bruised hand, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan. He might be start on Tuesday instead, but backup Jonas Gustavsson was more than capable of holding his own today.

Gustavsson was plagued by injury problems last season and missed the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign due to a groin issue. This was his season debut and he turned aside 28 shots to pick up his first win since March 25.

Boston made things interesting when Milan Lucic netted his 100th career goal with just 1:20 minutes left in regulation time, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

Detroit improved to 4-2-0 ahead of tomorrow’s contest against Columbus. The Bruins will get a few days off before starting a three-game road trip in Florida on Thursday.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    how many of your fantasy teams got f’ed up because there was an early game on roster-set day? I didn’t know there was a game, but it was the first thing i did this AM. got lucky.

    • qauzaq - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      I got lucky that I checked early like you. But seriously how often are there games mid-day on weekdays? Don’t people have work? I’d imagine it be difficult to fill the stadium.

      • cheliostwin - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Today is a holiday (Columbus Day), so many people didn’t have to work today.

      • soj83 - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Today is a federal holiday. No school, no colleges, a lot of people with the day off. The Bruins usually have day games on holidays such as Columbus Day, Veterans Day, MLK Day and even non holidays like the day after Thanksgiving.

      • soj83 - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        It’s also fairly easy to fill the stadium with local hockey associations, schools, youth groups, etc. having bus trips to the game and buying group tickets. The Bruins have done this for years because 7 or 7:30 starts are usually too late for a lot of children to go to the games.

  2. steelers88 - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    The Penguins CEO just said that another outdoor game will be held in Pittsburgh in the next 3 years. So if this is true that means the Penguins would play in 4 outdoor games.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      i have a feeling this comment got misplaced. but if you MEANT to type that on a story about the Wings and Bruins….. I’ll kindly be the first to ask, “who the f*** cares?”

  3. davebabychreturns - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Boston semi regularly has early afternoon weekday games, for whatever reason the Canucks have had a handful when visiting the Bruins over the last couple decades..

    • imleftcoast - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Childhood memories of Jim Robson calling another Canucks loss in an afternoon game at the Garden. I’m not sure the Canucks ever won one of those.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        I recall we tied one back in the late 90s? Bure scored so it couldn’t have been after 98.. I remember spending math class listening to Robson call it..

  4. dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    This was such an odd time for a game between two big dog teams, let alone an original 6 matchup? 1pm on a Monday? Come on NHL. Instead I get to watch Sabre’s and the Wild in the prime time spot…

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