Rask stops 25 shots as Bruins beat Red Wings, 4-1
Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron (38) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, right, scores a goal as Detroit Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson (52), of Sweden, and Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) of Slovakia, screen Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Boston's Torey Krug, right, shoots a goal as Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson (52), of Sweden, and Boston's Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, screen Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, turns away a shot against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (63) and Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
BOSTON – Brad Marchand scored the tiebreaking goal 36 seconds into the second period and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings last night.
Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara each scored power-play goals, and Jordan Caron added an even-strength score for Boston, which won its season opener against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings, who are in the same division with the Bruins after the NHL realigned following last season.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, playing his third straight game, made 33 saves. The Red Wings were playing consecutive road nights after beating Carolina, 3-2, in overtime.
On the opening shift of the second period, Marchand broke in and fired a wrist shot that caromed into the net off the far post, pushing Boston ahead 2-1.
Caron’s goal gave the Bruins a 3-1 edge midway into the second period. Reilly Smith backhanded a pass from the slot to Caron, who one-timed a shot past Howard from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Chara, playing in front of the net on the power play, collected a pass in front and the 6-foot-9 defenseman looked like a polished goal scorer, shifting around Howard before tucking a shot inside the right post midway into the third. Krug collected an assist.
Krug unloaded a slap shot from the left point that gave Boston a 1-0 lead midway into the opening period. It came just 15 seconds after Niklas Kronwall was sent off for holding.
The Red Wings tied it late in the period when Zetterberg collected a rebound in front and slipped a shot by Rask inside the right post. The score came after a pass along the boards appeared to hit a glove on Detroit’s bench and dropped to the ice. The Bruins briefly stopped while the Red Wings broke out with the puck.
Rask made a nice sliding stop on Justin Abdelkader’s bid from in close a few minutes before Zetterberg’s goal.
Marchand took a hard hit and was face down on the ice for a while early in the second. He was leveled when Abdelkader left his feet and blind-sided the winger. Marchand was helped to the bench, but returned later in the period.
∎ It was Krug’s first regular-season goal. He had four in his first five playoff games last spring.
∎ Bruins F Carl Soderberg was out with an injured ankle.
∎ Howard entered 3-0 with a 1.62 goals against in his career versus Boston.
∎ The Bruins and Red Wings meet in TD Garden again on Columbus Day.
∎ Boston F Milan Lucic is two goals shy of 100 for his career.
∎ Boston’s Smith played against his brother – Red Wings D Brendan Smith.