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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 8:15 AM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


As the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Boston Bruins have the home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that advantage lasts only as long as you're winning your home games, and the Detroit Red Wings tilted the Eastern Conference First Round series their way Friday with a 1-0 road win in Game 1 against the top-seeded Bruins. Now it'll be up to the Bruins to summon their experience and climb back into the series.

Red Wings: Detroit could use a little more offense. Their Game 1 goal, a beautiful shot on the rush from center Pavel Datsyuk, was barely a scoring chance. The Red Wings hardly made Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask work.

But when you have all-world players such as Datsyuk around to make big plays, maybe Detroit just needs to play the same exact game. After all, the defense seized the day.
"I thought we did a fairly good job of boxing out and playing quicker on the defensive side of things," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "In our zone when we got the puck we were able to get it out fairly quick, we were able to get the pucks deep and go after their defense instead. I thought overall it was a solid performance."

Assuming a better offensive performance from the Bruins in Game 2, the Red Wings will again need goaltender Jimmy Howard to outplay Rask.

Today, the Wings will look to take that Game 2 and take advantage of the series.

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch today's 3:00 PM matchup on NBC, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 12:30 AM ET








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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 10:50 PM ET

Pavel Datsyuk rips a beauty past Rask
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scores a magnificent goal late in the third period on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 10:40 PM ET


Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal)

2. Jimmy Howard (25 SV, Shutout)

3. Tuukka Rask (23 SV)

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 10:30 PM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Pavel Datsyuk scored the late game-winner and Jimmy Howard was amazing as Detroit beat Boston, 1-0.

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...we'll see you Sunday for game 2!

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 6:30 PM ET


Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary
Jonathan Ericsson
Daniel Cleary
Stephen Weiss
 Stephen Weiss

Cleary
(Knee)

E
ricsson
(Finger)

Weiss
(Groin)

Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi

Zetterberg
(Back)

Andersson

(Healthy Scratch)

Bertuzzi

(Healthy Scratch)


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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 5:30 PM ET



Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist
Gus Nyquist
Riley Sheahan
Riley Sheahan
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco
Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
David Legwand
David Legwand
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
 
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
 
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
 
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
   

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 4:30 PM ET



B. Smith (DET)
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D. Helm (DET)
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T. Krug (BOS) R. Smith (BOS)

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:00 PM ET



(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Riley Sheahan continues to roll as he heads into his first NHL playoffs; he's scored a goal in each of his last three games.

He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 1:30 PM ET



Darren Helm
Helm
Darren Helm will be playing his first playoff game in over two years tonight, and he's pretty excited about it.

“Now I got the chance again to get into this lineup with this younger team that we have, exciting team, and I’m looking forward to it.”
- Darren Helm

Darren Helm
Helm

Johan Franzen
Franzen
The first PP unit was Mule, Datsyuk, and Legwand up front with Kronwall and Nyquist on the point.

The second PP unity was Tatar, Sheahan, and Jurco up front with DeKeyser and Alfie on the blue line.

Tomas Tatar
Tatar

Jimmy Howard
Howard
Jimmy Howard will get the start.

Todd Bertuzzi and Joakim Andersson are expected
to be healthy scratches.

Todd Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi

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STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Datsyuk 7 3 2 -3 5
T. Tatar 7 3 1 -3 4
J. Ericsson 7 0 4 0 4
R. Sheahan 7 2 1 -1 3
L. Glendening 7 2 1 1 3
H. Zetterberg 7 0 3 -4 3
K. Quincey 7 0 3 -1 3
D. Helm 7 0 3 -3 3
T. Jurco 7 1 1 -1 2
G. Nyquist 7 1 1 -2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 3 4 1 .925 2.11
J. Howard 0 0 0 .917 3.00

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