The Red Wings, on this night before Thanksgiving, are thankful for the law of averages.
On a night when they were once again without Pavel Datsyuk due to concussion-like symptoms, the Red Wings steamrolled past the first-place Boston Bruins, 6-1, at JLA.
It was a night where the law of averages finally kicked in.
Just about everyone who scored snapped a goal-less streak of significance.
The Bruins only mustered 17 shots against goalie Jonas Gustavsson, and didn’t score until less than three minutes were remaining in the game.
Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Drew Miller and Tomas Tatar were the goal scorers. All but Zetterberg and Nyquist needed a calendar to find their last goal scored.
The Red Wings swarmed the Boston zone, and even though the final SOG total of 28 was hardly Earth-shattering, the shots were often of the scoring quality variety. On many of the goals, the Bruins were out of position and goalie Tuukka Rask was left hung out to dry.
Gustavsson, despite not being tested all that much, was solid in net, as he started for the second straight game as coach Mike Babcock gave struggling Jimmy Howard a “breather.”
Gustavsson (6-0-1) remained undefeated this season.
His counterpart, Rask, had his worst game of the season, by far—but hardly any of the goals were really his fault. Rask’s teammates played like a team thinking more about turkey and dressing than picking up two points.
The Red Wings (12-7-7) have a modest two-game winning streak, something for which to be thankful, the way things have been going. And don’t look now, but that’s two wins in their past three games at home.
Hey, it’s a start.
BOTTOM LINE: For one night anyway, the Red Wings looked like the team that used to dominate opponents at JLA.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: It is interesting that the Red Wings played like this in front of Gustavsson. This may be a coincidence, but when Howard has been in net, the entire team looks more tentative. Plus, it’s hard to ignore the goal tending numbers, specifically Gustavsson’s undefeated record.