Bergeron scores 2 for Bruins in 3-1 win over Red Wings

BOSTON (AP) — David Backes and the Boston Bruins are having one nice holiday season.

Backes picked up two assists after he was away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their son, and the Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

“After what I saw my wife go through birthing that baby, I figured I could come on a few hours sleep and play a hockey game,” said Backes, who missed practice on Friday.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice in the third period and Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have won 13 of 17 since they had a four-game losing streak last month. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves.

Frans Nielsen scored Detroit’s only goal and Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the Red Wings, who lost despite outshooting Boston 31-25.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the Red Wings played a lot like they did during a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“On Wednesday, it’s a tie game in the third and they make a play on a rush. Same thing tonight. They make a play on a rush,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to make a play to make the difference in a game. When you end games like this you’re frustrated 100 percent.”

The game was tied at 1 when Bergeron scored his ninth of the season at 6:11 on a one-timer Howard never saw. Marchand set up Bergeron’s shot from the left circle with a pass across the slot for his 198th career assist.

“It was more of a better shot than a pass,” Marchand said.