DETROIT – Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson suffered an apparent groin injury late in the second period on Saturday’s exhibition game against the Boston Bruins.
The veteran netminder was injured on the Bruins’ first scoring play at 18:56 of the second period.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Gustavsson will be sideline for “a minimal of two weeks and then what do we say, day to day and then seven to 10 days before you start talking about playing him and then play in two weeks.”
Versatile play-maker Carl Soderberg is still looking for his first official NHL goal, but Saturday night, the Swedish center scored twice, helping the Boston Bruins spoil the Red Wings’ exhibition home opener.
Soderberg accounted for two goals in the game as the Bruins defeated the Red Wings, 2-0, at Joe Louis Arena. The loss was the second time this preseason that the Wings have been shutout. They dropped a 2-0 decision at Chicago on Tuesday.
“We’ve had this lineup for two nights and haven’t scored a goal,” Babcock said. “We don’t move the puck very good from the back, so it’s kind of a grind-fest out there. I thought they (Boston) did lots of good things. Their power play got a goal and in the end that got it to two. I didn’t think we were very good enough.”
The Red Wings rested their stars Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard. Meanwhile, the Bruins left several of their stars back in Boston, including all-star defenseman Zdeno Chara, goalie Tuukka Rask and offensive weapons Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci.
Soderberg gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead late in the second period. Cruising in from the slot, he fired a rebound past Gustavsson after the puck caromed off the end-boards. Soderberg’s second goal came on the power play 41-seconds into the third period with Cory Emmerton serving a minor penalty for tripping.
Soderberg’s power-play goal was the first shot on Wings rookie goalie Petr Mrazek, who started the third period for the injured Gustavsson, who made 12 saves in two periods.
Boston goalie Chad Johnson played the entire game, and stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Saturday marked the first time that Detroit fans got to see Stephen Weiss in a Red Wings’ uniform at The Joe. The veteran center is expected to anchor the Wings second line with Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson this season. However, both wingers have had injury issues in training camp, and Alfredsson did not play Saturday.
Through four preseason games, the Wings have dealt with feast or famine.
“Preseason is a lot of times like that,” Weiss said. “You catch teams with different lineups and a goalie could have a hot night and it could go one way or the other. We needed to find a way to get a few on our side tonight to at least make it a hockey game.”
The Red Wings (2-2-0) next exhibition game is Sunday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at 5 p.m.
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