Jonas Gustavsson picked up his first win of the season Monday afternoon as Detroit squashed a Boston comeback with a 3-2 win.
Jimmy Howard was penciled in to start but after taking a couple of shots to his injured glove hand in warmups, he decided more rest was needed. Howard injured his left hand is Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.
After trading first period goals by Zetterberg (Det) and Eriksson (Bos), the Red Wings gave their netminder a little breathing room and a two goal advantage when Stephen Weiss roofed one past Rask from the right circle. Daniel Cleary followed that up with his first tally of the season.
So this set the stage for what could be the third epic comeback by a Boston sports team in two days. Well maybe not epic considering it’s only the fifth game of season, but you get the idea. The previous day saw Tom Brady lead the Patriots to a come from behind win over the New Orleans Saints with 5 seconds remaining. This was followed by a “Big Papi”, David Ortiz grand slam that helped the Red Sox overtake the Detroit Tigers in ALCS. Could the Black and Gold pull this one out? With game 7 of the Toronto series still fresh in the crowds mind, everyone was determined to see this one to the final buzzer.
A Milan Lucic goal with 1:20 remaining had everybody on the edge of their seats, but alas that magic moment never came before the buzzer sounded.
Gustavsson stopped 28 of 30. The Red Wings blocked 22 shots and held the Bruins scoreless on 5 powerplays.
Tuukka Rask halted 27 of 30. His record now drops to (3-2-0).