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Trending: Determined Red Wings tame Bruins, 4-2

Fabbri nets two power-play goals in his Detroit debut

by Arthur J. Regner and Dana Wakiji @ArthurJRegner and @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- Despite giving up a goal at the 1:09 mark of the first period on the Boston Bruins' first shot of the game, the Red Wings were not going to be denied.

From the opening face-off, the Wings played with remarkable resolve, beating the Bruins, 4-2, in an intense and physical affair before a wild and supportive crowd Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.  

After the Bruins took the early lead, Dylan Larkin tied the contest up at 2:41 of the first on a tremendous individual effort.

The former Michigan Wolverines forward turned on the jets, skating end-to-end, jamming the puck home on a wraparound attempt, igniting the Wings and the fans as Detroit defeated Boston for the fourth straight time.

Larkin, newcomer Robby Fabbri (two power-play goals) and Anthony Mantha (empty net) scored for the Red Wings.

David Krejci and Torey Krug (power play) lit the lamp for the B's.

Since 2006-07, the Wings are 10-3-2 at home versus the Bruins. Detroit was engaged throughout the game, matching all the shenanigans the Bruins threw their way.   

Filip Hronek turned the tables on super pest Brad Marchand and defiantly got under the veteran agitator's skin, even dropping the gloves with Marchand in the second period.

Jonathan Bernier (3-4-1) got the nod in net and was stellar. He made save after save, stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced for a save percentage of .929.

Tuukka Rask (7-2-1) took the loss for the Bruins. The Wings fired 31 shots at Rask and he made 28 saves for a .903 save percentage.

With the win, the Red Wings (5-12-1) snapped a four-game losing skid. They next face the tough Vegas Golden Knights Sunday at Little Caesars Arena; face-off is at 5 p.m.

Up next for the Bruins (11-3-2) is also a Sunday contest against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden in Boston.             

1. The Guelph Connection: Back in the 2013-14 season, the Guelph Storm won the Ontario Hockey League with a couple of bright, young forwards named Tyler Bertuzzi and Fabbri. In fact, Fabbri won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the most valuable player in the playoffs by recording 13 goals and 15 assists in 16 games for that team. After Wednesday night's game in New York, the Wings traded center Jacob de la Rose for Fabbri. The team had a day off Thursday so Friday's morning skate was the first time Fabbri skated with his new teammates. Not only was Fabbri on the second line with Valtteri Filppula and Andreas Athanasiou, coach Jeff Blashill also had him on the first power-play unit with Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Dennis Cholowski and Bertuzzi. That paid immediate dividends as Bertuzzi found Fabbri in the right circle at 11:49 of the first period for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead. Mantha got the second assist. Early in the second period, David Pastrnak was in the box for hooking and Bertuzzi got Fabbri the puck in the slot and the Wings had a 3-1 lead at 1:30. Cholowski had the second assist. Fabbri became only the seventh player in team history to score two goals in his Detroit debut and the first to ever score two power-play goals in his debut. The last Wing to get two goals in his debut was Thomas Vanek on Oct. 13, 2016. It was also Fabbri's first multi-point game since Jan. 2, 2017 when he had two assists against the Chicago Blackhawks and first multi-goal game since he had a hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 28, 2016, all of this occurring before Fabbri's two knee injuries. Bertuzzi finished with 22 shifts for 19:41, had three shots, three hits, four giveaways, one takeaway and was plus-2. Fabbri, who was named the game's No. 1 star, finished with 19 shifts for 13:15, had two shots, one hit, two giveaways, was 1-for-2 in face-offs and was minus-1.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: ROBBY. FABBRI. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/wBxQlCkzYt

Quotable: "It definitely helps with the confidence there. Overall, just to see the way the boys played, that really helps coming in. So it was a great win for the boys. That was pretty funny. It brings back old memories. It was good to be back with (Bertuzzi). It was a lot of fun playing with him on and off the ice as well." - Fabbri

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: That's 2 PPG's for newly acquired Robby Fabbri. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/BHpfDQqyBf

Quotable II: "It was a big win for us. Everyone played good, the goalie played good. It felt good to obviously play with Fabbs and it didn't take long for our connection to come back. He was good all in juniors, he was good for St. Louis when they won the Cup and he's going to be good with us here. I think all the guys are happy to have him. He's a good shot, he works hard and he fits in well here." - Bertuzzi

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: That Guelph connection. 😏@Storm_City @tylerbertuzzi pic.twitter.com/HX7YmhXslx

Quotable III: "We were just talking in the room there. For the season we're three percent below the average for shooting percentage. We're last in the league in shooting percentage. He looks like a guy that can score. He did a real good job with it. He scored in the past. He did a great job as the bumper, finding the open space there, so it's a good start. Do we expect two goals every night? No. But I thought he played hard, he did the things he needs to do to be successful. Him and I spoke today about making sure that he plays as tenacious as he did when he came in the league. Sometimes when you have injuries, you back off a little bit and you can't afford to do that. I thought he did a good job." - Blashill

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Gotta give it to the new guy." 👏 pic.twitter.com/pCNOKcQAMA

2. Jonathan Bernier: It was quite the night for Bernier, who helped halt the team's four-game slide with several spectacular saves and with a little offense as well. It was a tough start as the Bruins scored on their first shot of the game when Krejci fired the puck past Bernier just 1:09 into the opening period. The Bruins came into the game with the league's leading goal scorer and points leader in Pastrnak (15 goals, 30 points) and league's top assist man in Marchand (18 assists). Their line is spearheaded by Patrice Bergeron, who led Boston with six shots. Bernier stopped all six of those, all five of Pastrnak's shots, no save better than the one at 18:53 of the second when the Bruins were within a goal and Marchand saw Pastrnak at the right side of the net. Bernier slid quickly and got his glove on Pastrnak's shot. While a goaltender is expected to make some big saves in a win, Bernier also chipped in offensively, picking up assists on Larkin's goal and Mantha's empty-netter. That gives Bernier seven career points and his first two with the Wings. He becomes the first goalie to record a multi-point game since Rask did so on Oct. 17, 2016 at Winnipeg. Bernier is only the second Detroit netminder to have a multi-point game. Jim Rutherford did so twice, on March 22, 1978 against Atlanta and Feb. 18, 1979 against Pittsburgh. Bernier had 26 saves and improved to 6-6-0 in 13 games against Boston.

Tweet from @NHL: You're a bad, bad man, Jonathan Bernier. pic.twitter.com/O3R6d9jQ2I

Quotable: "It just kind of went through everyone's legs. I knew (Pastrnak) was there. Obviously I was late and you want to make an easy save there. But I just tried to cover as much as possible and got the glove on it. I thought it was a team effort tonight. Obviously our special teams won us the game tonight and that's where wanted to come in today. Everyone was on the same page. Everyone worked hard. Good forecheck. Even in the third we didn't panic. We probably put more pucks on their net than they did. I thought we did a really good job there." - Bernier

Quotable II: "We just stuck with it. A lot of talking on the bench, the crowd was good tonight, keeping us going. Berns had a couple big saves that got us going. We needed to clean it up defensively and we did toward the end." - Bertuzzi

Quotable III: "It was huge. Those things are huge. I watched Toronto last night against Vegas. Vegas probably should have won the game in regulation and (Frederik) Andersen makes an unbelievable save and they end up winning in overtime. Goalies are a huge part of this game and I thought Bernie played real good tonight." - Blashill

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Definitely helps with the confidence. It was a great win for the boys."Fabbri, Bernier, Bertuzzi and Coach Blashill sound off following tonight's game against the Bruins. | @CocaCola #BOSvsDET pic.twitter.com/2FykFxDlSt

3. Dylan Larkin: After spending part of his off day Thursday giving back to Special Olympics athletes in his hometown of Waterford, Larkin came into the game with some additional inspiration. That showed up quickly as Larkin brought the puck into the offensive zone and sped around the right side of the net, firing the puck past Rask at 2:41 of the first. Madison Bowey and Bernier picked up the assists on the goal, Larkin's fifth of the season. In his last 11 games against the Bruins, Larkin has 11 points. Larkin finished with 32 shifts for 21:40, had three shots, two giveaways, one blocked shot, was 14-for-26 in face-offs and was plus-2.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: The vintage Larkin wrap-around. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/ZH9bjyNTov

Quotable: "I thought the energy was good. I thought the answer by Larkin after we got down was a huge, huge thing. It allows you to just keep playing. Momentum in a game is such a big deal. It's sometimes hard to understand when you're up in the stands but it's a huge, huge thing, but that goal allowed us to basically start the game even again. When you give up the first shot, it's in your net, it's a hard thing. So I thought we did a good job answering. I thought Larkin's line did a real good job against the Bergeron line and that line runs their team." - Blashill

Quotable II: "That's what Dyl does, he skates and he makes plays. When you jam it enough times, they're going to go in and that was a great play, whether it went in or not, he was getting it to the net and making a hard play." - Bertuzzi

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