Boston — Jimmy Howard was planning on playing.
But it didn’t work out that way.
Howard, who bruised his left hand last weekend against the Flyers, warmed up before Monday’s game against the Bruins, but after three shots, realized more rest was the proper decision.
“I took three shots in the area where I got injured and it was extremely painful,” Howard said after the 3-2 Red Wings victory. “So I decided to try and rest it and get the swelling out of the area.
“I tried to get through it but it’s just not happening.”
Howard is day-to-day.
“We’re really just going to have to wait and see,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll heal fast.”
Jonas Gustavsson took over for Howard in goal, and stopped 28 shots in the victory.
The Red Wings didn’t like the way they played in Boston earlier this season, a 4-1 loss.
To come back Monday, a little over a week after the defeat, and play well and win was satisfying.
“We were pretty glad to come back so soon,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “It wasn’t very good when we came in here last time into this building.
“We had more energy and played a much better overall game (Monday), more structure, and we forechecked pretty good.”
Crowd looks for comeback
The late heroics a night earlier at Fenway Park — the Red Sox rallied past the Tigers for a 6-5 victory — played in the back of the minds of the Red Wings players when the Bruins enjoyed a two-man advantage trailing by two late in the third period.
Highlights of David Ortiz’s tying grand slam on the video screen got the TD Garden crowd roaring.
“I knew what the roar was for but I didn’t want to look at that,” Red Wings forward Stephen Weisssaid. “They’ve got a lot of pride over there and they’re not going to quit.
“Anytime you have a five-on-three you expect a score. And to have one for (nearly) two minutes and then kill it off is one heck of a job by not only our penalty killers but Monster (Gustavsson) in net.”
Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk combined on a highlight-reel goal in the first period that got the Red Wings rolling.
“If you give them too much space, they’re going to make plays,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for those two players because they are two of the best in the league.
“When you play against them, you have to be at your best and you try to get the right guys out there to do the job against (them).”
Mike Babcockwas a little confused by the fact the Red Wings didn’t have any power plays and the Bruins had five. The Red Wings were whistled for six penalties, the Bruins one.
“We don’t think we are going to be penalized more than the Bruins, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Babcock said. “I might have to frame (the scoresheet) because no one will believe that it actually happened.”
… The Bruins, celebrating their 90th anniversary, honored legend Milt Schmidt, 95, who dropped the ceremonial first puck.
… Defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Tomas Tatar and Mikael Samuelsson were healthy scratches a second consecutive game.