DETROIT - At first glance, the Boston Bruins didn't look so great coming into Saturday night's game at Joe Louis Arena.
They had lost their last three games and were missing David Backes because of injury and David Pasternak because of suspension.
Enter Tuukka Rask.
The Boston goaltender had missed those three games because of injury but he returned against the Wings and shut them out, 1-0.
1. Jimmy Howard : Howard saw this kind of help from his teammates when the Wings visited the New York Rangers Oct. 19. Howard managed to steal that game by making 32 saves. Howard, who had a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks last week, saw his scoreless streak come to an end after 156:13. At 17:11 of the second period, Tim Schaller shot the puck from a bad angle and it managed to sneak through short side. Despite the loss, Howard has a league-leading 0.67 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage.
Quotable: "I'm letting the play come to me. I'm trying not to be as aggressive as past years. I think it's allowed me to read the play and not only read the play but read the shots coming off the guy's sticks. On the goal, I thought I took everything away on the short side and somehow he managed to bank it in - off the post, off me and in. - Howard
2. Special teams: The penalty kill was solid again, killing off all four of the Bruins' chances. But on the flip side, the Wings were also 0-for-4 on their power play and are 0-for-17 in the last four games. They had only three total shots, the last two coming with the extra attacker in the last moments of the game.
Quotable: "It hurt us tonight. You don't want to lose games when you don't execute on it. Tonight it's not like we created lots of chances. We couldn't get ourselves set up. What's my level of concern? We've got to be way better at it tomorrow. I think every day is a new day, so we better look at how we can get better at it and we'd better execute at a higher level." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
3. Streak ends: The Wings saw their six-game winning streak come to an end and their four-game home winning streak snapped as well.
Quotable: "I think our power play, we got to do a better job of, our zone entries weren't great tonight, they weren't as crisp as we have been. In tight games like this, specialty teams are big. Our penalty kill did a great job. Howie did a great job in net. I didn't think we were good enough tonight, didn't create enough. Give them credit, they played well. They're coming off a three-game losing streak so we knew they were going to come out hard. They did. We had opportunities, though, we just didn't finish them." - Justin Abdelkader