BOSTON -- The Detroit Red Wings' offense has kicked up its production the past two games and Monday the Red Wings were able to avenge their worst loss of the early season.
Detroit scored eight goals in its first four games of the season. Now the Red Wings have scored eight in their past two, wins against Boston and the Philadelphia Flyers. Detroit, now 4-2-0 on the season, lost 4-1 on its previous trip to Boston, on Oct. 5.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard led the Red Wings out for warm-ups but was replaced as the starter before the game by Jonas Gustavsson. Howard sustained a bruised hand during the Red Wings' win Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told reporters the injury is not considered serious and Howard could be in net for the Red Wings' next game, Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In his first start of the season, Gustavsson stopped 28 shots. He was activated from injured reserve Oct. 11 after missing time with a groin injury.
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed more than one goal in a game for the first time this season. He finished with 24 saves for the Bruins, who are now 3-2-0.
Weiss gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead after he made a backdoor cut to the net and Johan Franzen found him with a cross-ice feed. Weiss beat Rask by stopping the puck and then snapping it over the Boston goaltender's shoulder.
The Red Wings doubled their lead 2:20 later on Cleary's first goal of the season. Daniel Alfredsson was left alone behind the Bruins net and found Cleary cutting to the slot for a re-direct that Rask couldn't stop. Detroit held onto its 3-1 until the second intermission.
Milan Lucic's goal with 1:20 remaining in regulation cut the Detroit lead to 3-2 but the Bruins couldn't score the equalizer.
It didn't take long for Detroit to solve Rask. The Red Wings scored first after a neutral-zone steal by Pavel Datsyuk from Patrice Bergeron near the red line. Datsyuk lugged the puck into the Boston zone, made a move to the outside around Zdeno Chara and fed the puck across the slot to Zetterberg. The Detroit captain's one-timer beat Rask high to the short side at 11:33 of the first period.
Boston tied the game at 14:12 on a goal by Loui Eriksson. Johnny Boychuk's wrist shot from the right half-wall skimmed off Eriksson's leg and beat Gustavsson up high. The goal was Eriksson's second of the season and first at home for the Bruins.