BOSTON – The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk’s wrist.
The Detroit Red Wings, on Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left, beat Boston 1-0 in the opener of their best-of-seven, first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night.
“We know we’re good enough,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, “but it’s one thing to know you’re good enough and another thing to show it.”
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The Bruins earned the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record in the regular season — although they were 1-3 against the Red Wings — and were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities.
“It’s a good start,” Datsyuk said, “but we know there are many tough games (ahead).”
Game 2 of the first playoff matchup between the Original Six teams in 57 years is set for Sunday in Boston. And Detroit doesn’t have to win there again to advance.
“I’ll take home-ice advantage any time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “But that doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road … which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this.”
Datsyuk, still not fully recovered from a knee injury, wasn’t Detroit’s only late-game star. His goal came moments after a brilliant glove save by Jimmy Howard on Milan Lucic’s deflection in front of the net.
“It was pretty lucky,” said Howard, who had 25 saves in his third career playoff shutout.
Canadiens 4, at Lightning 1
Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored, leading Montreal past Tampa Bay. The Canadiens lead the Eastern Conference series 2-0 and the next two games are in Montreal.
At Ducks 3, Stars 2
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years and Anaheim beat Dallas to take a 2-0 lead in their West series.
Ducks rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves and Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen had 16 stops.
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