Red Wings edge Bruins on Gustav Nyquist’s goal

Associated Press
Red Wings Edge Bruins In Opener

DETROIT — When the Detroit Red Wings took the ice for their season opener, coach Mike Babcock’s team already had one significant advantage.

The Red Wings hadn’t played the night before. The Boston Bruins had.

“A month from now, or two months from now, it doesn’t matter. But right now it does matter, when you start and you play back to back, it’s wear and tear on you for sure,” Babcock said.

Gustav Nyquist‘s power-play goal in the second period lifted Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. Boston managed only 17 shots on goal and just nine through the first two periods.

The Bruins beat Philadelphia in their opener Wednesday.

Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, which lost to the Bruins in the first round of last season’s playoffs. Patrice Bergeron scored Boston’s only goal Thursday.

Jimmy Howard had 16 saves for the Red Wings. Detroit was without star forward Pavel Datsyuk, who is recovering from a separated shoulder.

Boston nearly tied it late in the third after Detroit’s Johan Franzen was called for elbowing Bergeron, but Brad Marchand‘s shot pinged off the post, and Zdeno Chara was called for goaltender interference seconds later, ending the power play with 1:46 remaining in the game.

“Any time you have back to backs with a couple of hours flight, you always feel it,” Marchand said. “We just didn’t play our system very well. We weren’t getting pucks deep and we were turning it over at the blue line.”

Nyquist led the Red Wings with 28 goals last season, and Detroit overcame injuries to players like Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg to extend its postseason streak. The Red …read more