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Breakdown: Red Wings-Bruins

Nov. 3, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Tuesday, 11.3.2009 / 1:24 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Red Wings-Bruins

In the first period, the Wings were looking at an early power play, and an early opportunity to take the lead against a talented Boston team. Assistant captain Henrik Zetterberg seized the opportunity. He jumped into the face-off circle, and grabbed the loose puck. In one fluid motion, he rifled a shot past a surprised Tim Thomas to give the Wings the one-goal lead. It was Zetterberg's third goal of the season, and it turned out to be the game-winner.

Goaltender Chris Osgood picked up his 50th career shutout Tuesday night, and he did it in style. The Wings' netminder made 29 saves to get the home win, and 10 of those came in the first period. Osgood made initial saves all night, but he earned the shutout by coming up big with rebound saves. He robbed Marco Sturm twice in the first period on rebound tries, which kept the game tied, and allowed the Wings to grab the lead soon after.

Tomas Holmstrom has quite the scoring touch this season. With his goal tonight, he has eight on the year - good for best on the team. The next closest Red Wing is Zetterberg, with three. Holmstrom made his mark on the contest when he bounced on a loose puck in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk drove the puck to the net, and Holmstrom fired in the rebound to give the Wings a 2-0 lead. The goal meant that Holmstrom has now scored against every team in the NHL.

Zero-for-three. That's what the Boston power-play units were able to achieve Tuesday night, which might be the biggest reason for the shutout. Credit Osgood, but also the depleted defensive corps, who played without Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson.

Here's what Osgood had to say about what his shutout milestone means to him:

"I don't put much merit in shutouts, I don't know why, I never have. The only thing they're good for is that you know you have a great chance of winning a game if you get one. ... I've said numerous times, I just remember watching (Hall-of-Famer) Grant Fuhr play, and it was just about winning games. And that's my mentality - just to win."

With Ericsson and Rafalski out of the line-up, the Wings called up 29-year-old Doug Janik from Grand Rapids. Janik didn't come out and score the game-winning goal, but he did what he needed to do - play solid defense. In 13:56 worth of ice-time, Janik only had one giveaway, and he stayed even on the night. Almost mistake-free hockey means good hockey when it's your first game with a new team.

The Wings welcome Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, and the San Jose Sharks to JLA Thursday night. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. EST.  Don't miss the action, see it live! For tickets, click here.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80