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Detroit stuns favored Bruins with late goal to take Game 1

Apr 18, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

It’s been said the Red Wings aren’t your typical low-seed team, and they showed it tonight by squeaking past the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins 1-0 to take Game 1 of the opening-round series.

Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots to earn his third career playoff shutout, but goaltender Tuukka Rask was also very effective tonight. The netminders kept this game scoreless for most of the contest by making some remarkable saves along the way, Rask finishing with 23 saves on 24 shots.

As the score indicates, tonight’s game was a tightly-contested and hard-checking affair. It wasn’t until 16:59 of the third period that Pavel Datsyuk managed to finally best Rask on a play that was made possible thanks to some beautiful stick work:

The goal impressed one of Datsyuk’s counterparts, as Logan Couture tweeted his admiration:

As for the big picture, Detroit scored a huge opening blow by taking a one game to none series lead and swiping home-ice advantage in the process. There’s still plenty of hockey left to be played and Boston is far from done, but Detroit has proven once again that it can’t be overlooked.

  1. mackattack29 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Detroit absolutely dominated boston in dictating the pace of the game and in puck possession. I’ve never seen a team make boston look so… mortal. Detroit deserved that win. So happy for datsyuk. It’s just impossible to not like that guy.

    • billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      this win is only going to make it harder for the bruins bc it just gave the entire wings CONFIDENCE. aint gonna be an easy series

      • wettwork - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:17 AM

        It’s gna be real easy for Detroit /\ them beaners are going to get an early dismissal from the post season 😜

    • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      its true. people think i am just being a boston hater by picking detroit to win that series, but i really think they will. one of the most disciplined teams in the league playing against a group of tough guys and hot heads. they are also playing as a team unit right now better than any other team in the league perhaps and that is scary.

      that was just one game, a lot of hockey left to play. but they made sure boston knew they meant business tonight.

      datsyuk is sick. when he scored that goal i was so excited i thought i was cheering for the penguins for a second. when he pulled that through his legs my first thought was “no way he doesn’t score after that drag”. buried it.

      • jdlinder11 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        I agree. the only move boston has is to try and intimidate other teams into facing them physically, playing directly into their hand. Detroit wont do that, and they are fast and skilled enough to frustrate boston into penalties. I really think boston will have a tough time winning this series if they don’t adjust.

      • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        i dont see how they adjust, it would mean changing their whole identity. they will believe until the end that they can simply shut them down, and beat them into submission.

        i think its a perfect matchup for detroit. well see if im right.

      • Hockeyfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:09 AM

        Blysma a should take a lesson from the Redwings. Pens used to be a puck possession team like Detroit. Now they throw blind passes and hold up at the blue line.

      • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        bylsma beat mike babcock and the red wings the only time he has faced them in the post season.

        byslma should take a lesson from nobody. hes a big boy. stay on topic.

      • Hockeyfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        The way the pens are playing, it would be 4 and out against Detroit. And who are you, my mother telling me what to do? Arrogant.

      • Hockeyfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        What, you are the band leader here? Get over yourself.

    • darksidecowboy - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      That goal was so Datsyukian sick! I hate the WIngs but love beautiful hockey.

      GO STARS

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Man, who says a 1-0 game can’t be fun? That was fantastic hockey. Then that GWG….Datsyuk never fails to amaze. Behind his back, through his skates, head up, and a perfect shot. I’m still in awe.

  3. hockeydon10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Yeah they do!


  4. dtownbeatdown - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    That was such a great game by both teams and goalies. Going to be a great series.

    Go wings!

  5. sixchr - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    This is driving me crazy. Yes, I’m a Bruins fan and I picked Boston to win the series. But this is getting ridiculous. Why are we acting like the Bruins should have swept Detroit? The use of the word “stuns” is absurd. This Detroit team is NOT an 8 seed. They’re an experienced, veteran team with good young talent and one of the NHL’s best coaches. This series was going to be a war from the very beginning and anyone who thought otherwise is out of their minds or is just a total homer.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Take it from a pens fan. Expect the unexpected especially in the playoff. Nothing goes as planned.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:23 AM

        Are you talking about the flyers without saying flyers ahahahahahahhah !

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Well said, sir.

      Two of the NHL’s best coaches who have worked together in the past and likely have very few secrets between them. Both teams play a swarming style of hockey. The biggest difference seems to be this:

      Boston makes sure to take the body as much as possible or practical.
      Detroit makes sure not to get caught up in the back-and-forth retaliation of a physical game as much as practical.

      There’s a reason Detroit went on a good run to end the season to get into the playoffs. They were getting all these good players back from injury.


    • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      also, take it from a pens fan. thats just the media. they need story lines.

      the bruins themselves and most of the fans know detroit is not to be over looked.

    • dilligaf101 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Actually dude, they are the 8th seed

    • wettwork - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:22 AM

      Tuka !!!! 👎👎

    • niallofthenine - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      I hear ya. If Zetterberg was playing the Wings would be a favorite to win the Cup. Babcock is earning his salary.
      I live in Wisconsin and these people are Packers or nothing. I keep telling them they are missing out on a fantastic sport.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Hockey > Football by far. There aren’t any overweight slobs in the NL.

    • cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      I saw them a few times on T-V. They are weak in goal compared to the Bruins and they don’t have the firepower, this year.

  6. billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    this series could be the biggest upset is sports this year. red wings played great against them

    • cheesesteak75 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      If Detroit win the series it won’t be that big of an upset. They have played well against them all year. This is one of the best match ups that favors a lower seeded team.

      • blinkyhowe - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        To many folks i think they would view it as a pretty big upset. A loaded Bruins team, top seed in the conference and arguably the best goalie in the league. The Wings have won 4 of 5..this year. Doesn’t mean much..other than they know they can beat Boston. Right now they would settle for winning 3 of the next 6.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      Umm no, not in the least. Detroit is a great team and no one would be shocked if they won the series.

      • dirt2013 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        The bookies ( odds makers ) might disagree with you as Boston is favored to win it all.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Odds don’t determine favorites. Odds are based upon a number that will maximize the amount of betting.

    • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      i dont see how this is that big of an upset. like cheesesteak said, if you have any knowledge of these two teams, this is a good matchup for detroit and besides that, all 16 teams in the playoffs are perfectly worthy.

      this isnt like some 7-9 football team stumbling into the playoffs unwittingly and winning a couple playoffs games.

  7. paperkid96 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Datsyuk should get a +2 on that play. He took the puck from Franzen who was in the middle of turning the puck over to Boston that would have resulted in an easy scoring chance.

    Thanks for that goal.

    • polegojim - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      …Plus the handling between his skates to start the play… Wow!

  8. kendog1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    If the NHL does not suspend Lucic for his dirty, sissy play, intentionally hitting a player in the groin with his stick, from behind yet, then its credibility as a major sports league is a joke. No other major sports league would tolerate this cheap cowardly behavior. Do you think MLB or the NFL would do nothing? He did it earlier this season and the league did nothing. If the league doesn’t respond it shows that it is not to be taken seriously as a major sports league.

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      It’s the playoffs. At most they’ll give him a fine.

      I realize it’s a tiny amount for players, but fines count as discipline for future infractions.

      That’s the best outcome to hope for. No way they’ll suspend him for that.

      One other thing to hope for is that the refs review game tape (which they do) and don’t allow him to have such a long leash for the rest of the series or the playoffs. This outcome is far less likely.

      • paperkid96 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        I think the max fine is $ 10,000 (considering his Salary). Most wont be happy with that.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Right, a hit to the groin on the ice proves this isn’t a major sport, rape, murder, assault off the field/court are no problem. Go watch basketball you clown.

  9. cheesesteak75 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Bruins going to grip their sticks a little harder next game!

  10. blinkyhowe - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Now that was unexpected..a win..a shutout..and another magical game winning late minute goal by #13..the best all around Russian hockey player on the planet. All in Boston no less! Goalies were terrific..Looks like its going to be a great series..

    • cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Hey Blinky, did you ever hear of Tarasenko? (SP). He was the best player in Europe at 17 years old, when he played in that league. If you want to see the best Russian player, I suggest you watch the Blues. I saw him today but he was just a play maker, almost scored, but was great in fore/checking. Very exciting player, always around the net and causing trouble for the other guys.

  11. mangoman1966 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I’m not that confident about the pens beating Columbus tomorrow. All these teams play there Burt’s off especially the lower seeds. Hell the pens put an all star team out there last year and couldn’t make it out of the first round. I think.when your favored to win it all that’s the kiss of death. Like I said. Long time pens fan.

    • shwatson - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Any Pens fan or hockey fan for that matter knows the Pens made it out of the first round last year. Maybe you meant the 3’rd round.

      • mangoman1966 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        Yeah. My fault. I’m used to the pens losing first round games. Or maybe the minds starting to go.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      6 months isn’t a long time, mangoman.

    • c9castine - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      why are you talking about this here anyway.

  12. shwatson - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Lucy! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!”

  13. poconophlyer - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Detroit as a low ranked playoff entry, that’s scarier then the lowly flyers playing the almighty pens. Flyers vs Detroit in EC FINALS… Believe me it’s happening.

  14. bringbackthevipers - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Pens went to conference finals last year. Datsyuk is a God, Lucic doesn’t deserve to play such an awesome sport.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Lucic is as big of a punk.than ive seen in years. Could you imaghahhveine what probert and mcsorley.would have done to this guy. Would have made him go sit in a corner of the rink while the game was still going on.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Took a goalie change against the islanders to win it thank god

  15. terrier92 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Great game by two well coached , skilled and disciplined teams. Great skill by Datsuuk Looking forward to Sunday

  16. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    So Datsyuk is pretty good eh?

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      He stunk in the Olympics like all Russians.

  17. nunan - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Every should already know it is going to be a tight series. No upsets here. This defensive posture Detroit is taking by collapsing 5 around the net is effective but represents more of a ‘hold on for dear life’ mentality when the Bruins have the puck. Not sure that approach will hold up in a 7 game series, against a one seed.

    • cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      It mostly worked for the Black Hawks. They gave up goals when they did not block the shots from in front by falling back in a great “D’ posture.

  18. Hockeyfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Don’t think this was an upset. Detroit showed us what we thought they were made of. I’ll say it again, pens should take a look at this Detroit team. Pens used to be a highly skilled puck control team that that dictated play in all three zones with their skills. Now they rely in the stretch pass and blind backhand passes that result in many turnovers. Crosby is one of the biggest offenders of doing this. Can’t go deep with those soft plays. Sorry for the Pens discussion.

  19. cadlow - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    The headline is wrong. Detroit did not stun the B’s.
    Datsyuk stunned the B’s.
    Wow what a move from one of th best to play the game.Without that one play this would have been a 3 OT game.

  20. penguins87and71 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Man if I was a Boston player I would be ticked, the Bruins are the best team in the NHL and they arguably have the hardest road to the Stanley Cup, the Redwings series I think is going to go 7, then they would most likely play Montreal, and then either play Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh, plus on top of that the Western Conference champion.

    • cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Hey Penguy, did you ever hear of the Might Ducks? I pick them to win it all anyway. Just because Pgh closed out the season a little flat, don’t be too concerned. They will put up a good showing too. I just don’t think they have it all this year.

  21. slysipops - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    now that’s coaching at it’s best ! a few others team leaders could take heed ! GO WINGS GO !

  22. gallyhatch - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    The only thing that stunned me last night was how long it took PHT to post videos of Chara’s boarding penalty and Lucic’s nut shot. (which was one of the dirtier things I’ve seen him do BTW, no excuses for it, I hope he gets the max fine)

    I don’t think there’s been many from the Boston media overlooking Detroit. Most comments from Bruins fans have given the Red Wings due credit, even many of them here on PHT. (a forum that usually devolves into some sort of contest where people take pride in making the most un-informed statement possible)

    Last night was incredible. I’m disappointed the Bruins came out on the losing end, but that game was a thing of beauty. Howard and Rask were both amazing and Datsyuk’s goal was awesome. He’s been one of my favorite non-Bruins for years, a fundamentally strong playmaker, and one of the best 2 way players in the league. Detroit fans are lucky to have this guy to watch night in & night out.

    My original prediction for this series was Bruins in 6.

    The only thing that will stun me after last night will be if this series ends in 5 games or less.


    • cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      I couldn’t believe this one. With all the fire power the Bruins have, and not one goal. That is not playoff hockey I know from Boston. It is hard to get shout out in the playoffs, AT HOME! They had better wake up or Detroit will be ahead two to NO.

  23. dboldave - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Everyone is so sure the series is over after one game! I’m sure you are all putting money on the outcome of the series since it’s just so locked up! It’s one game!

  24. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Did you watch him in the Olympics? He was better than most, and was on one leg. The rest of his team was awful.

  25. bbascom05 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    My bracket challenge is looking good so far. Wings in 5

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