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Mini GDT- Boston vs. Detroit Game 1, Round 1

RedMenace is on a long Easter weekend break so you have me for the first two games...


- This is the 8th all-time playoff series between DET and BOS
- Tonight’s game is the 34th all-time playoff meeting between DET and BOS
- DET and BOS haven’t met in the postseason in 57 years (last game: 4/4/57)
- This is DET’s 16th playoff road game at BOS
- DET’s playoff record vs. BOS: 14-19
- DET’s playoff road record at BOS: 6-9
- DET has lost its last 6 playoff road games at BOS
- DET’s last playoff road win at BOS: 3/21/46 (24,865 days ago)
- DET is 3-4 in 7 all-time playoff series vs. BOS
- DET was 3-1 vs. BOS during the 2013-14 regular season
- DET was 1-1 on the road at BOS in 2013-14
- DET’s PP was 1-for-8 (12.5%) vs. BOS in 4 games this season

- DET’s PK was 13-for-16 (81.3%) vs. BOS in 4 games this season
- DET’s all-time regular season record vs. BOS: 252-235-95-1
- DET’s all-time regular season road record at BOS: 94-155-43-1
- Tonight marks the 7th NHL meeting between the Smith brothers: Brendan (DET) is 4-2 vs. Reilly (BOS)
- BOS F Gregory Campbell had 67 points (19-48-67) in 130 GP with the Plymouth Whalers from 2000-02
- BOS D Torey Krug is from Livonia, MI and had 83 points (26-57-83) in 114 GP with the Michigan State Spartans from 2009-12
- BOS F Chris Kelly spent the 2001-02 season in MI, recording 6 points (3-3-6) in 31 GP with the Grand Rapids Griffins and 3 points (1-2-3) in 4 GP with the UHL’s Muskegon Fury
- BOS assistant coach Doug Houda had 31 points (5-26-31) in 172 GP with the Red Wings from 1985-91 and 1998-99
- BOS goaltending coach Bob Essensa was 4-7-2 with a 2.62 GAA in 13 games with the Red Wings in 1993-94

- DET won 3 of 4 games in 2013-14 vs. BOS
- 10/5: DET 1 @ BOS 4 –Krug, Marchand, Caron, Chara score for BOS; Zetterberg for DET
- 10/14: DET 3 @ BOS 2 –Zetterberg, Weiss, Cleary for DET; Eriksson, Lucic for BOS
- 11/27: BOS 1 @ DET 6 –Abdelkader, Tatar, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Miller, Nyquist for DET; Iginla for BOS
- 4/2: BOS 2 @ DET 3 –Tatar, Jurco, Nyquist for DET; Boychuk, Soderberg for BOS
- DET’s leading scorers: Tatar (2-2-4 in 3 GP), Zetterberg (3-1-4 in 3 GP), Franzen (0-4-4 in 4 GP), Nyquist (2-1-3 in 2 GP), Kronwall (1-2-3 in 4 GP), Andersson (0-3-3 in 4 GP), Datsyuk (0-2-2 in 2 GP), Lashoff (0-2-2 in 2 GP), Abdelkader (1-1-2 in 4 GP)
- BOS’s leading scorers: R. Smith (0-4-4 in 4 GP), Lucic (1-2-3 in 4 GP), Boychuk (1-2-3 in 4 GP), Krug (1-1-2 in 4 GP), Marchand (1-1-2 in 4 GP), Krejci (0-2-2 in 4 GP)
- DET goaltending: Howard (1-1, 3.00 GAA, 0.917 SV%), Gustavsson (2-0, 1.50 GAA, 0.936 SV%)
- BOS goaltending: Rask (1-3, 3.29 GAA, 0.871 SV%)

- DET and BOS haven’t met in the postseason in 57 years (last game: April 4, 1957)
- Game was held at DET’s Olympia Stadium, where DET was the top seed in a 6-team league
- DET’s goal scorers on 4/4/57: Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, Metro Prystai
- From that game, 9 players from DET (Al Arbour, John Bucyk, Alex Delvecchio, Glenn Hall, Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Marcel Pronovost, Norm Ullman) and 2 from BOS (Leo Boivin, Fern Flaman) are in the HHOF
- BOS defeated DET in 5 games, eventually losing in the Finals to MTL in 5 games
- Other series: BOS beat DET 4-2 in 1953 (1st round); BOS beat DET 4-1 in 1946 (1st round); DET beat BOS 4-3 in 1945 (1st round); DET beat BOS 4-0 in 1943 (SC Finals); DET beat BOS 2-0 in 1942 (2nd round), BOS beat DET 4-0 in 1941 (SC Finals)

1. Steve Yzerman –70-115-185 in 196 GP
2. Nicklas Lidstrom –54-129-183 in 263 GP
3. Sergei Fedorov –50-113-163 in 162 GP
4. Gordie Howe –67-91-158 in 154 GP
5. Henrik Zetterberg –55-59-114 in 123 GP
6. Alex Delvecchio –35-69-104 in 121 GP
7. Pavel Datsyuk –36-67-103 in 140 GP
8. Tomas Holmstrom –46-51-97 in 180 GP
9. Ted Lindsay –44-44-88 in 123 GP
T10. Johan Franzen –42-37-79 in 102 GP
T10. Vyacheslav Kozlov –42-37-39 in 114 GP

1. Chris Osgood –67
2. Terry Sawchuk –46
3. Mike Vernon –30
4. Dominik Hasek –28
5. Harry Lumley –24
6. Jimmy Howard - 20

1. Jaromir Jagr, NJ –78-121-199 in 202 GP
2. Patrik Elias, NJ –45-80-125 in 162 GP
3. Henrik Zetterberg, DET –55-59-114 in 123 GP
4. Marian Hossa, CHI –43-70-113 in 153 GP
5. Daniel Briere, MTL –50-60-110 in 109 GP
6. Sidney Crosby, PIT –40-66-106 in 83 GP
7. Pavel Datsyuk, DET –36-67-103 in 140 GP
8. Scott Gomez, FLA –29-72-101 in 149 GP
9. Daniel Alfredsson, DET –51-49-100 in 121 GP
10. Evgeni Malkin, PIT –36-63-99 in 84 GP

* Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
1. Henrik Zetterberg, DET - 52
2. Daniel Briere, MTL –48
3. Johan Franzen, DET –42
4. Sidney Crosby, PIT –40
5. Patrick Marleau, SJ –38
6. Evgeni Malkin, PIT –36
7. Pavel Datsyuk, DET –33
8. Patrick Sharp, CHI –32
9. Alex Ovechkin, WSH –31
10. Marian Hossa, CHI –30

1. Scotty Bowman –223
2. Al Arbour –123
3. Dirk Irvin –100
4. Mike Keenan –96
5. Pat Quinn –94
6. Glen Sather –89
7. Joel Quenneville –88 (not incl. 4/17 at STL)
8. Toe Blake –82
T9. Mike Babcock –78
T9. Pat Burns –78

* Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
1. Mike Babcock –78
2. Joel Quenneville –57 (not incl. 4/17 at STL)
3. Claude Julien –54
T4. Darryl Sutter –43
T4. John Tortorella –43
6. Peter Laviolette –40

Game 1: 63-54-1
Game 2: 71-47
Game 3: 54-56
Game 4: 50-53
Game 5: 38-40
Game 6: 30-24
Game 7: 14-10

Overall OT record: 43-53
Home OT: 23-35
Road OT: 20-19

Detroit’s last 5 postseason OT games:
5/29/13 –CHI 2 DET 1 (GWG-Seabrook, 3:35 into OT)
5/10/13 –DET 4 ANA 3 (Zetterberg, 1:04)
5/8/13 –ANA 3 DET 2 (Bonino, 1:54)
5/6/13 –DET 3 ANA 2 (Brunner, 15:10)
5/2/13 –DET 5 ANA 4 (Nyquist, 1:21)

23 - National Hockey League, Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
17 - National Basketball Association, San Antonio Spurs (1998-pres.)
5 - National Football League, Green Bay Packers &New England Patriots (2010-pres.)
3 - Major League Baseball, Detroit Tigers &St. Louis Cardinals (2011-pres.)

29 - Boston Bruins (1968-96)
28 - Chicago Blackhawks (1970-97)
25 - St. Louis Blues (1980-04)
24 - Montreal Canadiens (1971-94)
23 - Detroit Red Wings (1991-pres.)
21 - Montreal Canadiens (1949-69)
20 - Detroit Red Wings (1939-58)

- DET had 6 players make their postseason debuts in 2013 (Smith, Kindl, Brunner, Andersson, DeKeyser, Lashoff)
- DET has 5 players on its current roster who have never played in the postseason (Sheahan, Tatar, Jurco, Glendening, Gustavsson)
- No DET player has ever played BOS in the postseason; BOS's Loui Eriksson (w/ DAL), Jarome Iginla (CGY) and Shawn Thornton (ANA) haved played DET
- DET played the 3rd-most OT games at 24 (9-15) (1. WSH –28, 2. NJ –27)
- DET set a franchise record for man games lost (since the stat was kept in 1985-86)
- DET used 38 players, its highest total since 1990-91 (45)
- 9 players made their NHL debuts for DET this season, the most since 1990-91 (14)
- 17 players played for both DET and GR this season (13 Calder Cup champs)

April 18, 1994 –Darren McCarty scores his 1st career playoff goal in Game 1 of DET’s 1st-round series vs. SJ.

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (860) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 747 regular season victories and 113 playoff wins are both tops in the NHL over that span.

Detroit’s home sellout streak improved to 142 games after last Friday’s game vs. CAR. The streak includes an NHL-record crowd of 105,491 who attended the 2014 NHL Winter Classic vs. TOR on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Most Goals: 3, three times (MR: Helm, March 29 at TOR)
Most Assists: 3, 10 times (MR: Nyquist, March 7 vs. NJ)
Most Points: 4, three times (MR: Nyquist/Franzen, March 7 vs. NJ)
Most SOG: 10, Zetterberg, Oct. 4 at CAR
Most PIM: 17, Legwand, March 20 vs. PIT
Most TOI: 30:20, Kronwall, March 14 vs. EDM
Most Hits: 7, three times (MR: Jurco, Jan. 22 vs. CHI)
Most Blocked Shots: 6, four times (MR: Kronwall, April 9 at PIT)
Most Saves: 47, Howard, Jan. 16 at NYR
Longest Goal Streak: 6, Nyquist, March 16-25
Longest Assist Streak: 5, Kronwall, Nov. 23-Dec. 1
Longest Point Streak: 10, Nyquist, March 16-April 2



- The Bruins were 1-3-0 vs. the Red Wings this season with a 4-1 win in Boston on Oct. 5, a 3-2 loss in Boston on Oct. 14, a 6-1 loss in Detroit on Nov. 27 and a 3-2 loss in Detroit on Apr. 2.
- The Red Wings outscored the Bruins by a 13-9 margin and Boston outshot Detroit, 119-101, in the season series.
- Reilly Smith (0-4=4) totals led the Bruins in scoring in the four games.
- Tuukka Rask played all four games in goal with a 3.29 GAA and .871 save percentage in the series.

Season Series Fun Facts:
> The home team outshot the visitors in 3 of the 4 games this season …The Red Wings did not have a power play opportunity on Oct. 14 which was 1 of 2 games this season in which Boston did not have to kill a penalty …Michigan native Torey Krug scored his 1st career regular season goal on Oct. 4 vs. Detroit …Boston’s 6-1 loss in the Nov. 27 game was their largest margin of defeat this season and 1 of just 4 in which they lost by 3-or-more goals …Detroit’s 3-2 win on Apr. 2 snapped 3 Boston streaks –a 9-game road win streak, 16-game road point streak (13-0-3) and 16-game overall point streak (15-0-1).

- The Bruins and Red Wings open their Round One series tonight ...Game 2 will follow on Apr. 20 in Boston with games 3 (Apr. 22) and 4 (Apr. 24) in Detroit ...If necessary, games 5 (Apr. 26) and 7 (Apr. 30) will be in Boston with game 6 (Apr. 28) in Detroit.
- The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 48-46 record in game ones of best-of-7 series with a 34-14 series record when winning game 1 and 13-33 series mark when losing game 1.
- Only 3 current Bruins have previously faced Detroit in a playoff series ...Jarome Iginla has 3-5=8 totals and 19 PIM in 12 career post-season games played while with Calgary; Loui Eriksson has 1-1=2 totals and 2 PIM in 6 career games while with Dallas; and Shawn Thornton has played 4 scoreless games with 7 PIM while with Anaheim.
- This series features brothers Reilly (Boston) vs. Brendan (Detroit) as Reilly becomes the 6th Bruin to face his sibling in a playoff series, joining Bill / George (Ott) Boucher in 1927 SCF; Tiny / Paul (NYR) Thompson in 1929 SCF; Bill / Gerry (NYR and Mtl) Carson in 1929 and 1930 SCFs; Terry / Ken (Mtl) Reardon in 1946 SCF and 1947 SF; and Phil / Tony (Chi) Esposito in 1970 SF, 1974 SF and 1975 PS.

- The Bruins and Red Wings are playing their 8th series against each other with this 2014 Round 1 matchup with Boston holding a 4-3 edge in the previous 7 series.
- The Bruins won the 1st series with a 4-game sweep in the 1941 Stanley Cup Final; the Red Wings won the next 3 series with wins in the 1942 Semifinal (2 games to 0), 1943 Stanley Cup Final (0-4) and 1945 Semifinal (3-4); and the Bruins have won the last 3 series with Semifinal victories each in 1946 (4-1), 1953 (4-2) and 1957 (4-1).
- These teams have played 33 post-season games with the Bruins holding a 19-14 advantage and Detroit having a 98-96 scoring edge in those contests.
- The Bruins are 10-6 lifetime vs. the Red Wings in home playoff games with a 43-39 scoring edge on home ice.

- These teams have only played to OT on three occasions in their 7 previous playoff series with Boston winning twice.
- Jack McGill scored the only Boston hat trick vs. Detroit in their 1942 Semifinal series ...Detroit players have scored 3 hat tricks vs. the Bruins in the post-season with 2 of the 3 coming vs. Frank Brimsek in the 1943 Stanley Cup Final (Mud Bruneteau in game 1 and Don Grosso in game 3).
- The Bruins have shut out the Red Wings just once in post-season play, a 2-0 win in game 4 of their 1957 Semifinal, while Detroit goaltenders have notched 4 post-season blankings vs. Boston, including the last 2 games of the 1943 Final ...Detroit’s 7-0 win over Boston on Mar. 24, 1953 in game 1 of their Semifinal series stands as the largest shutout loss by the Bruins in their playoff history.
- The Bruins won the 3rd Stanley Cup in their history with a 4-game sweep of the Red Wings as Bobby Bauer scored the Cup-winning goal at 8:43 of the 2nd period in a 3-1 win on Apr. 12, 1941 ...The Red Wings would get their revenge 2 post-seasons later by sweeping the Bruins in the 1943 Final to earn their 3rd championship.

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stonehands-78's avatar

Thanks, PK.

ah, Friday ... finally.

some sport “experts” videos videos form CSNNE.com on ‘what to watch in the DET / BOS series’ including “Rank ‘Em: Most feared Red Wings” for your morning coffee hour ...


16 to 12


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/18/14 at 08:54 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

My plan is to keep expectations low and hopes high.

Just. Win. One. Game. At. A. Time.


Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/18/14 at 09:09 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

“Finally, brethren and sisthren, whatsoever things are true as bourbon and Bud Light Platinum, whatsoever things are honest, like a PBR, whatsoever things are Kronwalled, whatsoever things are arena hot dogs, whatsoever things are of Red and White, whatsoever things have lovely winged wheels, whatsoever things are of good Datsyukian report; if there be any Conn Smythes, if there be twenty three year long playoff streaks, and if there be any praise, if there be subtle interference, if there be Stanley Cups, think on these things.”

~Larrymurphians 4:8

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/14 at 09:19 AM ET

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Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/14 at 10:19 AM ET

The above passage is properly read with intermittent pauses and lip smacking.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/14 at 09:20 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

- 10/14: DET 3 @ BOS 2 –Zetterberg, Weiss, Cleary for DET
- 4/2: BOS 2 @ DET 3 –Tatar, Jurco, Nyquist for DET

That’s a pretty clear picture of the transition that occured this season.

* Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
1. Henrik Zetterberg, DET - 52
2. Daniel Briere, MTL –48
3. Johan Franzen, DET –42
4. Sidney Crosby, PIT –40

Looks like Franzen’s actually going to have to score some goals in this series if he wants to hang on to that #3 spot. Oh, wait. I forgot. Scoring goals isn’t in his top five priorities these days.

The above passage is properly read with intermittent pauses and lip smacking.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright

And should end with: “Now let us pray. And I mean pray hard.” grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/18/14 at 09:24 AM ET

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My plan is to keep expectations low and hopes high.

Or, have expectations high and drink hard.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/18/14 at 09:28 AM ET


The above passage is properly read with intermittent pauses and lip smacking.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/14 at 10:20 AM ET

And uncontrollable hand movements.

Posted by George0211 on 04/18/14 at 09:50 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

And “they” said it couldn’t be done, but, here we are!

Whatever it took, we made the Playoffs!

Thanks Paul, for the first 2013-2014 GDT-Playoff Edition. Also for the refuge of KK and A2Y.

Have a nice break, Red.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/18/14 at 09:56 AM ET

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Thanks, Boss.  Raising a mugful-a Kona coffee to the GDT.  Slainte.

- DET’s last playoff road win at BOS: 3/21/46 (24,865 days ago)

Staggering.  Time to change that tune.

Francis Charron (6)
Paul Devorski (10)  <================

Derek Amell (75)
Darren Gibbs (66)


Go Wings.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/18/14 at 11:37 AM ET

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And uncontrollable hand movements.

Posted by George0211 on 04/18/14 at 10:50 AM ET

With blocky eyeglasses.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/18/14 at 11:38 AM ET

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OK, the Chief says we Red Wings fans have expectations. Other teams have hopes. So disregard my earlier post.

tongue wink

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/18/14 at 11:49 AM ET

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With blocky eyeglasses.



Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/18/14 at 01:13 PM ET

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