Boston Bruins\' Jeremy Reich (right) looks to knock the puck past Detroit Red Wings goalie Daniel Larsson during third period NHL preseason action at the Halifax Metro Centre on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Halifax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Dembeck
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.