Instant Analysis: Special teams, Mule shine for Wings

The Detroit News

Ted Kulfan: The Red Wings special teams look better than they did most of last season. The power play had two rather unspectacular efforts in the first period of Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Bruins, but Gustav Nyquist scored the tie-breaking power-play goal in the second period. And the penalty kill was successful on all four of its attempts. The Red Wings took advantage of a good, tired opponent.

Gregg Krupa: The Red Wings' high speed kept Bruins neutralized almost all night, after Boston played Wednesday. But Wings chronic failure to finish plays in offensive end resulted in narrow, thrilling, 2-1 win.

John Niyo: For all the talk about the young guns, it had to be encouraging to see some early contributions from a stubborn old Mule. Johan Franzen was active and engaged in the opener against the Bruins, and without a doubt that does make a difference for this team.