Boston ó The Red Wings learned the hard way Saturday the road through the Eastern Conference goes through Boston.
The defending Eastern Conference champions look utterly capable of getting at least that far again.
They sure did against the Red Wings, defeating Detroit 4-1.
"They won in every statistic tonight, every battle," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "I'm not going to to make that excuse that we're tired or anything like that. But we need a better effort out of all of us."
The Red Wings ended 2-1 in a season-opening three-games-in-four-nights stretch.
This was expected to easily be the most difficult opponent and it was.
The Bruins didnít let the Red Wings venture close to goalie Tuukka Rask, using their size and physicality, and outworking the Red Wings.
"We weren't very good," coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't play hard enough, trust each other enough, or do what we're supposed to do.
"They were better than us."
Henrik Zetterberg scored the Red Wings goal, his second in two games.
Torey Krug (Livonia, Michigan State), Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron and Zdeno Chara had the other Bruins goals, both Krug and Chara scoring on the power play.
Krug opened the scoring with a power-play goal.
Milan Lucic found Krug alone at the top of the slot, and with 6-foot-9 Chara screening goalie Jimmy Howard, Krug fired a shot that beat Howard cleanly at 9:11.
"It's not easy when there's someone that's 6-foot-9 standing in front of you," Howard said. "It's something that you've got to figure out and find a way to try and find the puck. But it's extremely difficult with him in front."
It was Krug's first NHL regular season goal, after scoring four goals when joining the Bruins in the playoffs last season.
The Red Wings answered, thanks to Zetterberg.
Justin Abdelkader fired a shot on goalie Tuukka Rask that was saved, but the rebound went to the hash marks.
Zetterberg fired the puck past Rask at 16:49, tying the game 1-1.
It was Zetterberg's 265th career goal, passing Nicklas Lidstrom (264) and tying John Ogrodnick for eighth place on the Red Wings' all-time list.
"They play a good structure and we had a lot of turnovers," Zetterberg said. "You play a good team like that you have to have structure and we didn't. Playing a back-to-back you have to keep it simple and stick to your game plan and we didn't do that."
Zetterberg's goal seemed to temporarily spark the Red Wings, but the momentum ended quickly at the start of the second period.
Marchand beat Howard from the dot on a rush just 36 seconds into the second period.
Slowly taking control of the game, the Bruins extended the lead to 3-1 on Caron's first goal.
Reilly Smith gathered a blocked shot and found Caron open just inside the circle, and Caron one-timed the puck past Howard at 7:58.
Krug set up Chara for the Bruins' final goal, on the power play, at 12:17 of the third period.
Krug corraled a loose puck along the boards and fed Chara alone in front, who backhanded a shot past Howard.
"Detroit is one of the best teams in the league and I knew it would be a challenge," Chara said. "They always give you a challenge. They've always had a good team, good system and they're very dangerous guys.
"We wanted to have a strong game and for the most part I thought we did."