Wild Wild East: Datsyuk and the Wings outlast Bruins in a crazy 11-goal game

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Some hockey fans like to complain about scoring being down, but someone forgot to tell the Red Wings and Bruins.

The two teams combined for 11 goals, including nine in the first two periods, in Detroit’s 6-5 win over Boston.

The Wings were led by their usual suspects, as Pavel Datsyuk (two goals, one assist) and Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, one assist) led the charge.

The Bruins appeared to be in control of the game early on.

Here’s your scoring breakdown:

Brad Marchand opened the scoring just eight seconds into the game (that’s a Bruins franchise record).

They jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the first frame before the Wings started chipping away at the deficit.

Datsyuk cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the first.

Just over three minutes after Darren Helm tied the game at three in the second period, Datsyuk completed the comeback.

Helm’s second goal of the period gave Detroit a 5-3 lead.

Just when you thought the Bruins were dead in the water, they woke up.

Boston got goals from two unlikely sources (Dennis Seidenberg, Joonas Kemppainen) to draw even in the third period.

But unlike the Bruins, the Wings wouldn’t let the Boston complete the comeback.

Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser combined forces to put the game away:

It’s a huge win for the Red Wings, who now move one point ahead of the Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Atlantic