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Stanley Cup champion Detroit looks solid in 4-3 exhibition win over Boston

HALIFAX – If they’re fatigued from the long run to the Stanley Cup and a short summer lugging their prize to hometowns around the continent, the Detroit Red Wings didn’t show it Thursday night.

The Wings defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in NHL exhibition play at the Halifax Metro Centre. Detroit, playing without captain Niklas Lidstrom who suffered a broken nose in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal, took advantage of shaky Bruins netminder Tim Thomas, burning him twice in the first period and twice more in the third.

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Detroit’s Brad Stuart broke a 3-3 tie by scoring the winner at 12:23 of the third period.

Henrik Zetterberg, with a short-handed goal, Brett Lebda and Cory Emmerton also scored for Detroit.

P.J. Axelsson, on the power play, Jeremy Reich and Martin St. Pierre replied for Boston.

Detroit outshot Boston 40-33.