Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings, 4-1

With less than four minutes remaining, Zdeno Chara coughed up the puck to Jiri Hudler in the Boston zone, giving the Detroit forward a chance to dent Boston's 4-1 lead.

Hudler cut into the slot and whacked a backhander on goal that Manny Fernandez snatched with his glove at 16:51, stamping an exclamation point on Boston's message to the defending champs:

This is our house. Our night. And our win.

"We can beat anybody in this league," Chara said last night when ask...

Before last night's 4-1 win, a day after Claude Julien kept Patrice Bergeron out of the faceoff circle entirely, the center had a message for his coach: He was ready.

"It's his decision right now," Bergeron said. "I'd like to. I'm ready. If he needs me, I'll take some."

Late in last Saturday's shootout win over Montreal, Bergeron suffered a muscle pull that became aggravated whenever he leaned over to take a faceoff. Bergeron took only two faceoffs in Wednesday's 3-2...

Manny Fernandez was on top of his game. He was on top of the Red Wings' game, too.

In the Bruins' 4-1 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champions last night at TD Banknorth Garden, the only score Detroit could come up with was a power-play goal, a centering pass from Jiri Hudler that bounced off the skate of Bruin Marc Savard.

Fernandez started consecutive games for the first time this season because Tim Thomas was under the weather yesterday. The Bruins look mor...

There hasn't been much to get head-over-double-runners in love with, or even in serious like with, on Causeway Street these last, oh, gee, what has it been . . . the better part of 17 years?

In the time it has taken the Hub's hockey juices to really get flowing again, the league expanded from 22 to 30 teams, Gary Bettman became commissioner (effective Feb. 1, 1993), and somehow the game survived the all-too-lengthy Dead Puck Era that had league bosses convinced that cus...