you want to get in and establish yourself in the series, especially when you are the lower seed, Wings coach Mike Babcock said. if the upper seed gets the upper hand right away, you start questioning whether you are good enough.
So a series that began with the buzz of historic rivals and the intrigue of a former Western Conference powerhouse taking on an established one from the East, delivered on multiple counts as the jubilant Wings struck first with the only goal of the game and a 1 0 road win.
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has to be (outstanding), Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. the bottom line, that what we pay these guys to do. Both guys are supposed to be high end goaltenders and they got to give their team a chance. He done it for us before in playoff time so we just kind of expect it.
was a very close game, a very tight checking game with not much room, Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara said. was a lot of battle and eventually it came down to whoever was going to score that one goal. was the perfect result for the confident Wings, a squad undaunted by their eighth seed in the conference and determined to prove it.
Even though they were the bottom seed in the East, the Wings had reason for optimism given that they won three of Under Armour Shoes For Women Pink four regular season meetings. One of those wins, a 6 1 thumping back in November, was the Bruins worst loss of the season.
know we are good enough, but it one thing to know it and another thing to show you are good enough. I thought it was important for us to get started in the series. Wings may be young and not as physical as the Bruins, but yes, they looked good enough in Game 1.
Detroit made its headway by winning battles for the puck, a Babcock staple. The Bruins countered with stinginess in the important areas of the ice, negating for the most part the Wings edge in puck possession.
While the first seven games of the post season averaged almost seven goals per game, that not the way Bruins coach Claude Julien and Detroit Babcock prefer to roll, playoffs or not.
A battle to the end went Detroit way when Red Wings warrior Pavel Datsyuk ripped a wrister from the high slot that snuck under the catching glove of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask with just 3:01 remaining in regulation.
was a fortunate save, pretty lucky, Howard said. things can happen in this game. things as well, and Howard wavered from solid to spectacular when needed in making 25 saves for his third career post season shutout. Rask made some big saves too and given how tight the play figures to be in this series, the masked men will be massive in its eventual outcome.
slim at both ends, Howard was superb when he had to be, which will be a key if the Wings are going to push the regular season champs throughout what promises to be a long series.
And with Stanley Cup pedigree still remaining on both rosters 13 champions on the Bruins and eight on the Wings don expect either side to go away meekly in this juicy first round pairing.
For the Bruins, meanwhile, the first round struggles continue. Julien team has been forced to Game 7 in each of the past three years, including the miraculous comeback against the Leafs last season.
were ready for a tough and long series and we in for that, Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron said. we fine with it. course with an Easter Sunday afternoon date for Game 2 coming quick, that feeling, like the opportunity to win Friday opener, may be fleeting.
are a big believer in the group we have, Babcock said. think we are detail oriented and we compete. detail was evident throughout Game 1, played before a TD Garden crowd that went from fired up, to antsy, to agitated. The Bruins were the nervous bunch, turning over the puck too often and through long stretches playing too tentative.
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It isn for everyone as we seen with an explosion of goals early this Stanley Cup season but the bruising, tight checking style that makes the opponent pay a price every night has served both of these historic franchises rather well in the modern game.
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Between them, the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins have managed over the past decade and change to figure out a successful, winning formula for playoff hockey.
Seconds later, Wings veteran Pavel Datsyuk buried a wrist shot past Boston netminder Tuukka Rask to give the Wings the only goal of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
But when a Milan Lucic deflection off a Jarome Iginla shot bounded off Jimmy Howard glove and into the Red Wings corner, the Detroit goaltender had saved the day.
The game winner came on a typical Datsyuk play a combination of skill and precision and moments after Milan Lucic almost put the Bruins up at the other end of the ice. But when Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard got a leg on that shot to keep his sheet blank, suddenly the Wings were given their own opportunity for the upset.
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season meeting between the two Original Six franchises that was 57 years in the making may well be worth the wait if Friday opening act was an accurate trailer.
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