DETROIT (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk scored twice to surpass 900 NHL points, and Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm also had two goals apiece to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
Both teams blew two-goal leads before Danny DeKeyser’s shot from the point deflected past goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 12:23 remaining in the game. Zetterberg was credited with the goal, and the Red Wings held on to their 6-5 lead the rest of the way.
Boston’s Brad Marchand set a franchise record for fastest goal by scoring 8 seconds into the game, and Zach Trotman, Loui Eriksson, Dennis Seidenberg and Joonas Kemppainen also scored for the Bruins.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask was pulled after allowing five goals on 24 shots. It was the second time in three games he allowed five goals.
Marchand opened the scoring with a wrist shot after the Bruins won a faceoff in the Detroit zone. Boston’s previous team record for fastest goal at the beginning of a game was 9 seconds, by Fleming Mackell in 1953.
Marchand’s goal was the fastest in the NHL since Alexandre Burrows scored 6 seconds in for Vancouver on March 16, 2013, against Detroit, according to STATS.
Zetterberg tied the game less than three minutes later, and his goal stood after a review to see if the Red Wings were offside. The Bruins needed only 14 seconds to take the lead again when Trotman’s shot from the blue line beat Petr Mrazek.
Eriksson scored to make it 3-1, but Datsyuk reached the 900-point milestone when he scored during a scramble in front with 5:15 left in the period. The Bruins argued that Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader had played the puck with a high stick, but the power-play goal counted.
Helm tied it early in the second, and Datsyuk scored again with the man advantage. Helm’s second goal made it 5-3 with 8:59 left in the second, and Rask was pulled in favor of Gustavsson.
The Red Wings couldn’t hold the lead. Mrazek, who came into the day leading the league with a .933 save percentage, had a rough game on his 24th birthday, making only 17 saves and taking a careless penalty in the first period for playing the puck outside the trapezoid.
Seidenberg made it 5-4 with a long shot just 22 seconds after Helm had put the Red Wings ahead by two. Then Kemppainen scored a short-handed goal 38 seconds into the third, beating Mrazek from the left circle.
NOTES: Boston’s six-game road winning streak came to an end. … Bruins C Patrice Bergeron sat out a second straight game with an undisclosed injury. … Detroit took over second place in the Atlantic Division and moved one point ahead of Boston.