NHL Game Summary - Boston at Detroit
(Wednesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Detroit 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andrew Raycroft made 36 saves to record his second career shutout, as Boston ended Detroit's 12-game home unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Raycroft was winless in his previous seven decisions (0-5-2) prior to the victory.
"This was a big win," said Raycroft. "We've been struggling a little bit lately. It was nice to get two points in this building. It's a tough thing to do."
Joe Thornton, who totaled over 30 goals in two of the previous three seasons, scored for the first time in 11 games for the Bruins, who remained unbeaten in their last three contests (2-0-1). Travis Green and Mike Knuble also scored in the victory.
Curtis Joseph, coming off a shutout on Monday, denied 23-of-26 shots for the Red Wings, who lost for the first time in 13 home games (11-1-1). Detroit also had its four-game winning streak come to an end.
The Red Wings dominated early on and held a 13-3 shots on goal advantage after one period of play. But it was one of Boston's three shots that accounted for the only goal of the opening stanza.
Thornton finally found the back of the net with 6:35 left in the opening period, using patience, poise and some nifty stick-handling to record his eighth goal of the season. Sergei Samsonov dropped a pass to Thornton at the right circle, and the powerful center headed unimpeded toward the net. Thornton got Joseph to commit, allowing him to sneak behind the goaltender and slide the puck into the net for a 1-0 Bruins lead.
Boston extended its advantage to two goals courtesy of a lucky bounce in the second period. Jeff Jillson's point shot sailed wide of the net and caromed hard off the back boards directly in front of the net. The puck ended up in the skates of Joseph and Green was there to slam it home for the easy goal with 4:28 left in the middle period.
Knuble put the game out of reach with his 12th tally of the season early in the third period. His one-timer from the bottom of the right circle found its way just inside the post at 2:01 of the third period to create the final margin.
The Bruins killed all six Detroit power play opportunities in the contest, including three in the final period to preserve the shutout.
Boston improved to 3-1-1 in its last five overall...Green and Knuble each scored for first time in 12 games...This was the finale of a three-game homestand for Detroit...The Red Wings lost for just the fifth time in the last 18 meetings between the teams.
01/08 00:51:46 ET