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.

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.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Bruins – Game One – 4/18

So I’m still having trouble putting thoughts together about the Red Wings’ Game One win in Boston but I’ll give it a shot…

The cliche thing to say is that it’s only one game but it’s true. For all we know, Detroit’s 1-0 win awakens a sleeping beast and the Bruins win the next four straight.

That said, the fourth-seeded Wings showed that they can go into Boston and beat the top team in the league tonight. They showed that the Bruins can be shut down. They showed that they won’t be intimidated.

And of course they showed that Pavel Datsyuk is amazing. Screw the shot, it was through a screen and those find their way through all the time. Picking up the errant pass from Franzen, one-handed behind his back and passing it between his own legs to himself and then taking off… Dude finds new ways to make your jaw drop all the time.

So a 1-0 win, and a 1-0 series. I don’t have high expectations for Sunday but it doesn’t matter, one out of two in Boston was required and they got it tonight.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Bruins – Game 1 – 4/18

Every other series has already kicked off and today it’s finally time for the Red Wings to begin their first round matchup with the Bruins.

When I did my first round predictions I deliberately left off this series and I’m not going to change that here.

Jimmy Howard can steal this series. Tuukka Rask can shut the Red Wings down. The Wings have solved the Bruins more often than the Bruins have solved them this season. Boston was the league’s best team in the regular season, though, so there’s no reason to think they can’t turn it around.

Time to get these games going and see how things go.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD and NBCSN.

As Tweeted earlier this week, Detroit is 80-56 all-time in Friday playoff games. That drops to 15-11 when it’s Game One of a series and all the way down to 3-8 when it’s a road game.

Red Wings to Open Playoffs at Boston on Friday

The National Hockey League announced the schedule for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday.

The Detroit Red Wings will open their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup with the Boston Bruins on Friday, April 18, in Boston. From there on the teams will meet every-other day, with a possible Game Seven on April 30.

The full series schedule is as follows:

Date Opponent Location Time/TV
April 18, 2014 Boston Bruins Away 7:30 PM; FSD
April 20, 2014 Boston Bruins Away 3:00 PM; NBC
April 22, 2014 Boston Bruins Home 7:30 PM; FSD
April 24, 2014 Boston Bruins Home 8:00 PM; FSD
April 26, 2014 Boston Bruins Away 3:00 PM; NBC
April 28, 2014 Boston Bruins Home TBD; FSD
April 30, 2014 Boston Bruins Away TBD; FSD

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