BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins got the best of the Western
Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings for the second time in four days.
Joe Thornton scored with 2:30 left in overtime to lead the Bruins to a 2-1
victory over the Red Wings on Saturday, extending their winning streak to three
Detroit, which lost 3-0 to Boston on Wednesday, was beaten in overtime for
just the second time this season.
The Red Wings entered Saturday's games tied with Toronto for the NHL lead in
points with 57.
"This goes to show you how good of a team we are in here, what kind of team
we have. When we play with focus, and we come out and play hard we can compete
with anybody," said Andrew Raycroft, who made 27 saves for Boston.
Dan McGillis charged the net and dumped the puck to a trailing Thornton, who
beat Curtis Joseph for the winner and his ninth goal of the season. Joseph bit
on a fake shot by McGillis because he didn't think McGillis could see Thornton
trailing. That left Thornton with a wide-open net.
"Cujo squares up to the puck so well that, when I looked up and saw an
empty net, I didn't really believe it," Thornton said. "But you've got to
bury your chances when you get them."
Martin Lapointe scored his eighth goal of the season on a power play 4:46
into the third to erase Detroit's 1-0 lead. Boston was on the man-advantage
after Pavel Datsyuk was given a game misconduct for boarding Michal Grosek. The
Red Wings were able to stay even by killing off the final 3:24 of the Bruins'
"With a five-minute major, you can really get yourself in a lot of
trouble," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "We lose our best player for 18
minutes and they have a five-minute penalty and they get the goal."
Kirk Maltby gave Detroit the lead eight minutes into the first with his
seventh goal of the season. Ray Whitney put a shot on net from between the
circles that was deflected by Andrew Raycroft. Maltby corralled the rebound and
flicked the puck into the net.
Boston extended its strong play on the penalty kill by holding Detroit
without a goal on four power plays. The Bruins have killed 55 of their last 57
"We've put a lot of work into (our penalty kill) from Day 1, and as a group
I think they are really starting to understand what we are trying accomplish,"
Boston coach Mike Sullivan said.
Steve Yzerman had an assist for Detroit, moving within 14 of Marcel Dionne
for seventh place on the NHL's career list with 1,026.
Joseph stopped 33 shots for the Red Wings.