Bruins vs Red Wings. The puck drops at 3 P.M. in game two of the Red Wings vs Bruins opening round playoff series. The Red Wings stole home ice advantage from the President’s Trophy winning Boston Bruins with a beauty of a late goal by none other than Pavel Datsyuk.
Red Wings fans have become used to the puck handling wizardry that Datsyuk brings to the table, but his game-winning goal in game one was masterful even by Datsyukian standards. With a little more than three minutes left on the clock in the third period of an until-then scoreless Red Wings vs Bruins game, Datsyuk took a terrible pass, managed to corral the puck, move it up through his own legs and single-handedly make scoring a goal on one of the league’s better goaltenders look easy. Who knows? If Datsyuk had been healthy all year, people might not be saying that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby is the only serious choice for the NHL’s MVP this year.
Game one proved to be a defensive battle – just the kind of game the young Red Wings team with their bevy of hot-shooting young forwards does not want to see. At the end of the day, though, the Wings lit the lamp once, the Bruins never found the back of the net.
Home ice advantage or no home ice advantage, though, the Red Wings will have to bring their A game if they’re going to stand between Zdeno Chara, the Boston Bruins and Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Bruins have been hot all year and aren’t likely to go down easy in the playoffs.
According to an AP report, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had this to say about Friday’s game one in the Bruins vs Red Wings series:
“We did a fairly good job of boxing out and playing quicker on the defensive side of things. 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.”
Boston coach Claude Julien had this to say about the game and his team’s performance:
“I think we were physical enough. We still had a lot of good hits. They do a good job when it comes to our forecheck. They get there, they like to have bodies in front of us on the forecheckers to kind of slow us down and we have to find ways to get through that.”
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