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In-Game Recap: Bruins vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Xavier Ouellet

DETROIT -- Xavier Ouellet will make his season debut for the Red Wings against the Boston Bruins.

Jonathan Ericsson left Friday night's game early because of a lower-body injury and did not practice Saturday.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Ericsson tried to go Sunday morning but was not able to do so.

"I would say it’s day to day," Blashill said. "There’s a chance he could play tomorrow but we’ll know more tomorrow."

The Wings play Monday afternoon at the New York Islanders.

Although Jakub Kindl is available, Blashill said there was a reason that Ouellet is playing.

"The makeup of our D corps was probably the No. 1 thing," Blashill said. "I felt when Greener (Mike Green) was out Kindl was a great replacement for Greener. But with Greener in and Smitty (Brendan Smith) on that other power play unit, Kindl wasn’t going to be on the PP unit today and it gives us another guy that – not that Kindl can’t kill penalties – but X has done a good job of it for me in the past in the minors and he’s done a good job when he’s been up here. I would just say the fit is the most important reason we have X in over Kindl."

Ouellet was in Iowa Saturday with the Grand Rapids Griffins when he got the news that he was coming to Detroit.

"I’m excited for the opportunity," Ouellet said. "It kind of took a while but I’m ready. I’m here to play and I’m excited."

Ouellet, 22, was the Wings' second pick, 48th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

This season with the Griffins, Ouellet has three goals, 14 assists and is plus-8 in 38 games.

Ouellet also made his second straight AHL All-Star team this season.

He made the team last year but did not play as the Wings had recalled him at the time.

"It was fun, a great experience," Ouellet said. "I was (selected) last year and didn’t get the opportunity to go because I was here with the Red Wings. It was fun to go this year and experience that."

Blashill said Ouellet was close to making the Wings coming out of training camp this season.

"What X needed to do was go down and play real good hockey and put himself in the best position so that when the opportunity came he was ready to jump through the window," Blashill said. "I hope he’s done that. I think he has, from everything I’ve heard. We expect him to be real good today."

Blashill said Ouellet would start with Alexey Marchenko, whom he has played with in Grand Rapids.

"When he’s at his best he’s a complete defenseman," Blashill said. "He can pass the puck well, he’s a good defender, he’s a real competitor, he’s thick body, he’s not 6-foot-6 but he’s a real thick body so he can play against heavy bodies. That’s when he’s at his best. He’s got to make sure he makes the right play, which a lot of times is the simpler play and doesn’t try to do too much. When he does that he’s real, real effective."

Ouellet, who was briefly with the Wings from Dec. 19-22 but did not get in a game, last played in the regular season with the Wings Jan. 29, 2015 at Tampa Bay.

"I think this is how things turned out," Ouellet said. "Personally I think I did my job, a pretty a good job, I played some good hockey in Grand Rapids. There’s been no injuries, guys have been healthy, so it’s been working. I’m really happy to have the opportunity now."

It was not the ideal start for Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek, starting on his 24th birthday.

Brett Connolly won the face-off in the right circle and Brad Marchand shot the puck into the net just eight seconds into the game, the fastest goal in Bruins history.

According to Elias, Marchand's goal is the first to happen in eight seconds or less since Vancouver's Alex Burrows scored against the Wings in six seconds on March 6, 2013.

Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg tied the game at 2:44 on a backhand rebound shot.

The Bruins challenged the goal, believing that Justin Abdelkader was offside but replays were not conclusive and the call stood.

Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser got the assists.

Just 14 seconds later, Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman scored from the right point unassisted, his second goal of the season.

That made it three goals on the first three shots of the game.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made the first save of the game at 4:55, stopping Brendan Smith's shot.

The Bruins took a 3-1 lead at 12:59 when David Krejci found Loui Eriksson streaking to the left side of the net and hit him with a perfect pass. Jimmy Hayes also assisted.

In 38 career games against the Wings, Eriksson has 16 goals and 14 assists.

Marchand took a penalty for interference with Dylan Larkin at 14:24 and the Wings quickly capitalized.

Pavel Datsyuk scored on a rebound in front at 14:46, his 900th career point.

Abdelkader and Brad Richards, playing in his 1,100th career game, assisted on the milestone.

Datsyuk's first career point came on Oct. 24, 2001, when he had the second assist on Boyd Devereaux's goal in the third period of a 4-1 win over Edmonton.


SCORING: 1. BOS, Brad Marchand (28), Brett Connolly, :08. 2. DET, Henrik Zetterberg (11), Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, 2:44. 3. BOS, Zach Trotman (2), unassisted, 2:58. 3. BOS, Loui Eriksson (19), David Krejci, Jimmy Hayes, 12:59. 4. DET, PPG, Pavel Datsyuk (10), Justin Abdelkader, Brad Richards, 14:46.

1. BOS, minor, Zdeno Chara, interference, 9:20. 2. DET, minor, Petr Mrazek, playing the puck outside the trapezoid, served by Brad Richards, 9:31. 3. BOS, minor, Brad Marchand, interference, 14:24. 4. BOS, minor, Kevan Miller, roughing, 17:26.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Boston 6.

After getting a career-high nine shots on goal Friday night, Darren Helm was still in attack mode Sunday.

Helm scored his sixth goal of the season at 3:13 from the left circle when the puck went off Trotman's skate past Rask, tying the game at 3.

Ouellet and Marchenko assisted.

Then with Eriksson in the penalty box for tripping Larkin, Datsyuk deked around Zdeno Chara in the slot and scored his second power-play goal of the game, giving the Wings their first lead.

Richards and Zetterberg assisted.

The Wings made it 5-3 when Helm got his second of the game, this time from the right circle, at 11:01. Marchenko and Kyle Quincey assisted.

It is the first multi-point game of Marchenko's career.

The Bruins then took out Rask in favor of former Wing Jonas Gustavsson. Rask gave up five goals on 24 shots.

The Bruins weren't done.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's shot at 11:23 beat Mrazek stick-side, cutting the lead to 5-4.

It was Seidenberg's first goal in 101 games, his last coming Nov. 21, 2014 at Columbus.


SCORING: 1. DET, Darren Helm (6), Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko, 3:13. 2. DET, PPG: Pavel Datsyuk (11, 2nd of game), Brad Richards, Henrik Zetterberg, 6:38. 3. DET, Darren Helm (7), Brad Richards, Henrik Zetterberg, 11:01. 4. BOS, Dennis Seidenberg (1), Ryan Spooner, 11:23.

1. BOS, minor, Colin Miller, high-sticking, 4:19. 2. DET, minor, Justin Abdelkader, slashing, 4:19. 3. BOS, minor, Loui Eriksson, tripping, 4:41. 4. DET, minor, Brad Richards, tripping, 16:52.

SHOTS: Detroit 18 (27), Boston 6 (12).

Continuing a game he would like to forget, Mrazek gave up a shorthanded goal to Boston's Joonas Kemppainen 38 seconds into the period, tying the game at 5.

It is the first time this season that Mrazek has allowed five goals and the first time since Jan. 29, 2015 at Tampa Bay.

Against the Lightning that day, Mrazek was pulled after giving up five goals on 15 shots.

In a game where the Wings were scoring multiple goals, Zetterberggot his second at 7:37 when he deflected Danny DeKeyser's shot past Gustavsson at 7:37, giving the Wings a 6-5 lead. Datsyuk also assisted.

Abdelkader had a chance to make it 7-5 but missed the open net at 8:17.

Helm had a chance at the hat trick but Gustavsson stopped his wraparound try at 16:32.


SCORING: 1. BOS, SHG, Joonas Kemppainen (2), Brad Marchand, David Krejci, :38. 2. DET, Henrik Zetterberg (12), Danny DeKeyser, Pavel Datsyuk, 7:37.


SHOTS: Detroit 8 (35), Boston 10 (22).

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