Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to Game One Win

Pavel Datsyuk scored the game's only goal in the closing minutes of the third period on Friday night and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in the opening game of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup.

Datsyuk's highlight-reel goal with 3:01 remaining in regulation broke a scoreless tie. At the Detroit blue line, Datsyuk reached behind himself with one hand on his stick to collect a pass from Johan Franzen, knocking it up between his own legs as he broke through the neutral zone. Gaining the Boston end, he cut to his left, using the Bruins defenders for a screen before snapping a heavy shot past Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins would pull Rask for an extra attacker in the final minute but could not pull even.

The shutout was the third of Howard's playoff career and came in his first-ever Game One road win.

Rask made 23 saves on 24 shots in taking the loss.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two chances with the man-advantage to the Bruins' one.

The teams will meet on Sunday afternoon in Boston for Game Two of the series.

Notes: Boston forward Milan Lucic speared Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser between the legs at the end of the first period. He was not penalized for the play.

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Wings survived early, got some momentum with the power play, Bruins came back on at the end. Not carrying the play by any means.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 8:16 PM


Significantly better period than the first thus far. #obvious

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 8:49 PM


That was absolutely awful. #obvious

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 9:03 PM


1st per: Wings just surviving until late power play gives momentum. 2nd per: Wings controlling until late power play kills momentum

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 9:05 PM


Awesome shift by Helm.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 9:27 PM


Huge PK. #obvious

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 9:32 PM


So glad this game was on local Fox...pretty sure if I'd watched the national broadcast, Wings would have lost....

Posted by OldBroad on 4/18/2014 at 10:12 PM


Pretty sure my brain is broken still.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2014 at 10:22 PM


I really hope the league makes Lucic sit for a game or two, he's such a dirtbag. Theres no way he should be getting off free for crap like that.

Posted by klaitinen on 4/19/2014 at 12:21 PM


$5000 fine. As I just Tweeted, it will cost me a higher percentage of my annual salary to go to Game Three than it will cost Lucic of his to have speared DeKeyser.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/19/2014 at 1:57 PM


Once again, the league gets it wrong.

Posted by klaitinen on 4/19/2014 at 5:59 PM

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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