Friday, April 18, 2014
Game 1: Datsyuk, Red Wings edge B's 1-0
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Three days into the Stanley Cup playoffs, the postseason hockey hasn't disappointed.
The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings continued the excitement in Game 1 of their first-round series. The game remained scoreless until Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
The lone goal of the game came in the ensuing action after the Bruins' Milan Lucic nearly redirected a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, but Howard was able to get a glove on it. Datsyuk's shot from the high slot beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to the glove side.
The game was back and forth with both teams playing well defensively, limiting shots and scoring chances early.
Rask finished with 23 saves, while Howard had 25 to earn the shutout.
The Bruins entered the playoffs with a different lineup than they've had for the majority of the season. With forwards Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly and defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller sidelined, reinforcements were needed. On the defensive end, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter were inserted. Justin Florek and Jordan Caron played on the third and fourth lines, respectively. It was the first career playoff game for Potter and Florek.
The Red Wings gained early control of the series, but the rest of it should be a tough test.
Save of the game: With the game scoreless after two periods, the Red Wings had a golden opportunity to score early in the third period. Less than three minutes into the third, Detroit's Darren Helm collected a loose puck in front of Rask and nearly stuffed it in, but Boston's netminder sprawled out and made a critical right-pad save to keep the game scoreless.