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.
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.