Playing without injured forward Shean Donovan, having to dress an extra defenseman to fill out the lineup, and coming off a loss to one of the worst teams in the NHL (points wise) on Saturday, the Boston Bruins came up with one of their finest efforts of the season on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, when they defeated the Red Wings in a sold out Joe Louis Arena, 6-3.
Boston forward Marco Sturm scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to pace the B's and Michigan native Tim Thomas
stopped 35 pucks to give the Bruins the win in his 100th NHL game and in front of friends and family.
The vulcanized rubber was flying in the first period as both clubs had some tremendous scoring chances. Early on, Detroit put 11 shots on Thomas, and despite the keeper's best efforts, he was scored on twice by the Winged Wheel warriors.
The Red Wings Jiri Hudler scored his 11th goal at 7:36 and Nicklas Lidstrom scored his 12th of the season at 8:14 to make the score 2-1 at the end of one period. The game had started on a positive note for the Bruins as Sturm slung a puck on Dominic Hasek's goal, and with a little help from a Brandon Bochenski screen, the biscuit found its way into the basket at 5:26.
Boston scored twice in the second period to take control of the scoreboard, 3-2. Sturm, the B's German-born winger, scored his second of the game on the power play, with help from Marc Savard
and Patrice Bergeron
, at 5:43. Petr Tenkrat also got in on the action for Boston when he scored his 8th of the year by putting the puck over the shoulder of Hasek, unassisted, at 11:38.
Thomas continued to impress his home town crowd in the second stanza and he stopped all nine Detroit shots in the period -- including several Hasek-like saves which kept his squad in the lead.
The Black & Gold dropped the hammer in the third as Bergeron scooped up a bad bounce off the boards in the Detroit zone and deposited it behind Hasek at 2:35 of the third for his 19th of the season. Chuck Kobasew scored his fifth of the season and first as a Bruin when he ended up in the right place at the right time to grab a loose puck and slam it home at 8:34 -- a power play goal, with assists to Sturm and Savard.
After a Robert Lang goal brought Detroit within two, Boston's Phil Kessel gave the Bruins their three-goal advantage when he directed a puck by Hasek at 14:19 to make the final score 6-3.
The Bruins are off until Thursday when they face Washington at home.