Nedeljkovic carries Red Wings to rare road win in Boston

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

Published in Hockey

DETROIT — As good as the Red Wings have been at Little Caesars Arena, it's been a different story on the road.

But Tuesday night, the Wings got a little something going away from home, as well.

Playing a patient and disciplined road game, and getting continued top-notch goaltending from Alex Nedeljkovic who tied a career-high with 41 saves, the Wings went into Boston and defeated the Bruins, 2-1.

Marc Staal broke a 1-1 tie with a third-period goal at 11 minutes 33 seconds, after Boston's David Pastrnak's power-play goal tied the game at 6:20.

Staal pinched from the point and put back a rebound past goaltender Linus Ullmark, for his first goal of the season.

Then it was Nedeljkovic who preserved the lead, with another outstanding game in net, earning his third consecutive victory.


Filip Zadina opened the Wings' scoring in the second period.

Boston had won 11 of the previous 12 games between the teams at TD Garden, so this was a notable victory.

“Everyone knows to make the playoffs you have to take care of home-ice advantage, but you need to go at least .500 on the road,” said defenseman Jordan Oesterle Monday, before the Wings traveled to Boston.

The Wings had gone 1-6-1 in their last eight road games this season, including going winless in the last four games. Finding some success on the road, and beginning to match their home success, was a main topic of conversation the past few days.


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