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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 9:00 AM

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


If the Red Wings are to advance, they have to put the Bruins on their first three-game losing streak of this season, which has to start with a win today.

The first period of Game 4 on Thursday was probably the Red Wings' best of the series and all they had to show for it was a 1-0 lead. They built a 2-0 lead before losing 3-2 in overtime. Detroit will need three periods in Game 5 like the first one in Game 4 to have any chance of forcing this series back to Motown.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg likes his team's chances.

"I think it was a step forward though from the last two games," said Zetterberg, who made his series debut in Game 4. "It's a good team that we're playing. We knew it was going to be tight. Not surprising that the game went to overtime and it's a one-shot game there in the end. Unfortunately, they got it."

With the exception of the play of backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, a late addition to the lineup because of a flu bug that bit Jimmy Howard, coach Mike Babcock was still disappointed in his team's play. Babcock was upset about Detroit's faceoff work (the Red Wings won just 46 percent of the draws) and defensive play (Boston outshot Detroit 40-37 despite the Red Wings enjoying a 15-5 advantage after one period).

Although Zetterberg and forward Todd Bertuzzi, who also made his series debut in Game 4, added some veteran leadership and contributed to the offense, the Red Wings' younger players still struggled to find their game.

They'll have to do it today or they'll have a long summer to look for it.

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, TSN, or RDS, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.


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POSTED ON Friday, 04.25.2014 / 12:50 AM








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POSTED ON Friday, 04.25.2014 / 12:15 AM

Kronwall fires opening goal through traffic
Detroit Red Wings defensemen Niklas Kronwall unleashes a furious slap shot through traffic to score the opening goal on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.25.2014 / 12:10 AM


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

1. Jarome Iginla (1 Goal)

2. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal, 1 Assist)

3. Patrice Bergeron (1 Assist)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 11:50 PM

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


The ‪Red Wings‬ battled hard and got a great effort in Z's return, but fell in overtime, 3-2.

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...we'll see you on Saturday for Game 5.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 7:00 PM


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

Alfredsson

(Back)

Cleary
(Knee)

Ericsson
(Finger)

Weiss
(Groin)

Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
Tomas Jurco
 Tomas Jurco
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson

Ouellet
(Healthy Scratch)

Jurco
(Healthy Scratch)

Andersson
(Healthy Scratch)


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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 6:00 PM



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

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 2:00 PM



Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg skated hard again today,
and did take part in some power play drills.

Zetterberg went to see the doctors and is a game-time decision.

Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg

Niklas Kronwall
Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk are both expected to be in
tonight after missing yesterday's practice with wives in labor.


Todd Bertuzzi will be in and on the Kid Line with Sheahan and Tatar.

Todd Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi

Babcock
Mike Babcock said Bertuzzi will bring
a veteran presence to the Kid Line.


Tomas Jurco will be a healthy scratch.

Tomas Jurco
Jurco

Joakim Andersson
Andersson
If Zetterberg can go, Joakim Andersson will
probably be the other healthy scratch.


Xavier Ouellet will also likely be scratched.

Xavier Ouellet
Ouellet

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 1:00 PM
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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 12:30 PM

Score - The Wings have only found the back of the net twice in this series. They need to generate offense and scoring chances.

Limit Turnovers - Work hard to keep the puck and don't give it away.

Goaltending - Jimmy Howard needs to be sharp and outplay Rask.

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