Saturday night not only marked the eighth straight home win in the month of November for the Boston Bruins, but it also showed that Boston is no joke whether it's in the Eastern Conference, or in the NHL.
The B's stayed true to form, and played aggressive, offensive hockey for most of the game, while the Red Wings, though dominant for the opening ten minutes, allowed two goals shortly thereafter, and never recovered.
Starting in net for the Bruins for the second straight game was backup Manny Fernandez, who has played anything but like a backup goalie, posting seven wins with only one blemish on the young season.
In net for the Red Wings was Ty Conklin, who was relieved of his duties in the second period after giving up three goals to the B's.
The Bruins got off to a slow start, with Detroit controlling much of the offensive play within the first half of the first period. It was less than a few minutes after this that Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler scored his eighth goal of the season, off a very nice pass from Michael Ryder.
Later on in the period, the B's made it 2-0 when Phil Kessel scored off a very nice wrist shot just a few feet away from Conklin.
It was Chuck Kobasew that put the Bruins up by three in the second period off an assist by Patrice Bergeron, who stole the puck away from Niklas Kronwall and fed a surging Kobasew for a goal.
Detroit later ended the second period with a goal off the skates of Marc Savard.
The B's, which wore their new third-team jerseys for the second night in a row, have been hot, winning eight of their last ten games, and many against possible playoff teams in Detroit, Buffalo, Montreal, and Chicago.
Overall, the B's have gone 11-1-1 in their last 13 games, a mark that proves the B's to be in mid-season form already.
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