Snapshots: Bruins vs. Red Wings (Game 1)
In-game news, notes and numbers.
BOSTON BRUINS (54-19-9) VS. DETROIT RED WINGS (39-28-15)
10:00 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 0, DET 1
DATSYUK LIFTS DETROIT: After nearly 60 minutes of scoreless play, Detroit finally broke the stalemate when Pavel Datsyuk beat Tuukka Rask clean to get his squad the first goal and lead of the game. The goal marked career playoff tally 37 for Datsyuk with Johan Frazen getting credit for the assist for his first helper of the playoffs. Goaltender Tuukka Rask takes the hard-luck loss in the effort as the Bruins head into Game 2 of the series on Sunday, trailing by a game. Puck drop for Sunday is set for 3:00 p.m. ET.
BRUINS EARN THEIR FIRST POWER PLAY: At 5:17, the Bruins were awarded their first man-advantage of the when Tomas Tartar was called for tripping on David Krejci. The Bruins were able to generate two shots on net with one from each Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg, but both were stymied as we continue into the third deadlocked at zero.
SAVE OF THE GAME: With 17:17 to go in the third period, B's netminder Tuukka Rask was put the the test, making a tremendous right leg pad save after first fighting through traffic on Detroit's Darren Helm. The save was arguably the best of the game.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Sunday for Game 2 of their first round series against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston at TD Garden. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. ET
9:16 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, DET 0
SCORELESS THROUGH TWO: Each goaltender has been perfect for their respective squads thus far both making 16 saves on 16 shots. The Bruins finished the regular season witha 6-4-4 record when tied after the second period, while the Red Wings finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 12-8-6 mark when tied after two period.
KRUG GOES OFF FOR HOLDING: For the second straight period the Bruins were slapped with a minor with less than five minutes to go in the frame. This time, B's blueliner Torey Krug was called for a holding infraction on Detroit's Johan Franzen, sending the Bruins penalty kill back to work, looking to stay perfect on the evening after killing off Chara's penalty in the first (see below). The B's managed to hold firm, limiting the chances as they did in their previous kill attempt, escaping the penalty unscathed.
MIDWAY UPDATE: Halfway through the second frame of play, neither team has been able to capitalize on their chances with Detroit outshooting Boston 14-12 with a 0-0 score. Dougie Hamilton leads the Bruins with three shots on net, with David Krejci not far behind with two. Johan Franzen has led the charge for the Detroit offense, recording a team-high three shots thus far.
8:16 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, DET 0
TIED AFTER THE FIRST: The Bruins finished the regular season with a 25-6-5 record when tired after the first period while the Red Wings accrued a 9-11-5 mark when even after the first frame of action.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: B's Captain Zdeno Chara was sent to the box with 3:52 to go in the first period for boarding after a thundering hit he planted on Brendan Smith, brother of B's forward Reilly Smith. The Bruins finished the regular season with the eighth best penalty kill (83.7%) going up against the Detroit power play that finished 18th in the league (17.7%). Along with key saves from Tuukka Rask, the Bruins PK units managed to disrupt much of the Detroit power play puck movement, limiting momentum to kill the penalty without surrendering the first goal of the contest.
BOTH TEAMS BUZZING: Halfway through the first period both squads were buzzing, skating with high energy, shelling out big hits. One of the Bruins best scoring chances came when Jordan Caron put in a shot from the lower part of the right faceoff circle on Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, with Shawn Thornton proving a net presence in front. The puck deflected in a Detroit-friendly out wide, allowing the Red Wings to eliminate the scoring chance just as quickly as it was generated. With 10 minutes to go in the first and we are still scoreless, with the Red Wings earning a 7-5 shot advantage.
7:00 p.m. - Game 1 Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (36-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Howard (21-19-11, 2.66 GAA, .910 Save %). Rask has a regular season record of 1-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA and .868 save % in six career games against Detroit. In 35 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 21-14 record with a 2.14 GAA & .930 save % with three shutouts. Howard is 4-1-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .934 save % in five regular season games against Boston. In 42 NHL playoff games, Howard has accrued a 20-22 record with a 2.57 GAA & .918 save % with two shutouts.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their eighth playoff series and 34th postseason matchup this evening for the first time in 57 years. The Black & Gold have racked up a 19-14 lifetime playoff record against Detroit but the Red Wings hold the scoring edge at 98-96. In 16 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 10-6 record against Detroit with a 43-39 scoring advantage on home ice.
BLACK & GOLD REGULAR SEASON RECAP: The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, earning the NHL’s best regular season record at 54-19-9 for 117 points. The 54 victories tied the second highest mark in team history and the 117 points were the third most in club annals. The Bruins did not have more than a two-game winless streak during the regular season, which was the first time that has occurred since the 1939-40 campaign. Boston’s 31-7-3 record at home (second most home wins in franchise history) was a league best, while their 21-12-6 record on the road ranked fourth overall in the NHL.
PLAYOFF KREJCI: Bruins centerman David Krejci has led the Bruins postseason scoring for two of their last three appearances. Krejci’s 23 points in 2011 led the team as well as his 26 points in 2013. Entering tonight, Krejci is in 10th place on both the club’s all-time playoff goals list with 29 (Wayne Cashman, 9th with 31) and playoff assist list with 44 (Ken Hodge, 9th with 47). Krejci is also one point behind Peter McNab (74) for 10th on the team’s all time playoff points list.
“THE CALM" & "THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE": The Boston Bruins recently released two videos, "The Calm" and "The Law of the Jungle" in the Bruins DEN (Digital Entertainment Network) onBostonBruins.com and the Bruins Mobile App to preview the Black & Gold’s postseason. "The Law of the Jungle" features the Rudyard Kipling poem 'The Law for the Wolves' and was voiced by Glenn Fleshler who, most notably, played Errol (otherwise known as the Yellow King) in HBO's series True Detective. Both spots were produced by Arnold Worldwide in Boston.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Bruins will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, B’s legend Rick Middleton will serve as the first Fan Banner Captain to kick off the series against Detroit.
MARATHON RUNNERS 50/50 NIGHT: Tonight’s game will feature a 50/50 raffle dedicated to the 2014 Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon team. All proceeds made from this evening’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the runners’ fundraising, which will go towards the Boston Bruins Foundation.
206 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Buffalo Sabres on April 12, the Boston Bruins have reached 206 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock has the most playoff wins since the 2003 with 78 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)… Gustav Nyquist finished the season as Detroit’s leading goal-scorer with 29. David Legwand finished first in point production for the Red Wings with 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists)… Henrik Zetterberg has scored the most playoff goals in the NHL since the 2005-06 season with 52 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Johan Franzen is third on that list with 42, while Pavel Datsyuk is seventh with 33.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 50-for-230 (21.7%, 3rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 220-for-263 (83.7%, 8th NHL)… Red Wings power play: 50-for-282 (17.7%, 18th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 245-for-295 (83.1%, T-11th NHL).