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Osgood too good for Bruins

DETROIT goaltender Chris Osgood returned to form with 29 saves to record his first shutout of the season and lead the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the misfiring Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Osgood, who was pulled last week after allowing two goals in seven minutes in Detroit's 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks, picked up his 50th career shutout.

"I don't put much merit in shutouts," Osgood told reporters. "The only thing they're good for is that you know you have a great chance of winning the game."

In other National Hockey League matches, it was: Penguins 4, Ducks 3; Thrashers 5, Canadiens 4; Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1 (in overtime); and Canucks 4, Rangers 1.

In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored in the first period for the defending Western Conference champions.

Bruins netminder Tim Thomas had 24 saves while his offense continued to struggle as Boston fell under .500 with its third loss in four games.

Boston, missing the firepower of injured forwards Marc Savard and Milan Lucic, has been shutout in consecutive losses for the first time since 2007 and managed three goals in its last four games.

"I see a lot of good things, even though we made a couple of mistakes that cost us," Thomas said. "We want to put the puck in the net. We're still getting chances, sniffing right around the edge but it's not going in for us."

Zetterberg beat Thomas with a snap shot at 14:21 in the first and Holmstrom followed with a backhand shot three minutes later. Pavel Datsyuk assisted on both goals.

In Anaheim, California, Pascal Dupuis scored the go-ahead goal with 10:47 to play as Pittsburgh tied an NHL record with its seventh straight road victory to open the season.

Michael Rupp, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski also scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins, who matched the seven season-opening road victories of the 1940 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1985 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2005 Detroit Red Wings. New Jersey also is 7-0 on the road so far this season.

Corey Perry scored two goals for the Ducks, who have lost six of seven.

In Montreal, Colby Armstrong scored 13:14 into the third period as Atlanta earned its first regulation win in Montreal in over five years.

Armstrong scored his second of the season to restore Atlanta's one-goal lead just 24 seconds after Montreal drew even for the second time in the third.

Rich Peverley had a goal and two assists, including his third point of the game with a cross-crease setup pass on Pavel Kubina's powerplay goal that gave the Thrashers a 4-3 edge 4:10 into the third period.

Tomas Plekanec drew Montreal even with his fourth goal at 12:40.

In Toronto, Ryan Malone scored at 2:21 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a victory over Toronto.

Malone's goal stood up after a video review.

Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning (5-4-4), who won their first road game of the season (1-4-1).

Ian White replied for the Maple Leafs (1-7-5), who have lost four straight games in extra time and remained winless at home.


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