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by George Malik on 04/18/14 at 09:05 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings did what they tend to do during playoff games. They struggled on the power play (and oh yes, there was an even-up), they battled like mad to play inefficient hockey--firing 24 shots ON Tuuka Rask and another 30 attempts wide/blocked--they freaked the fan base out with frantic defensive mistakes and baffling over-complicating things to the extreme...
But while a certain Danny DeKeyser had to endure a spear to the groin from a team that apparently believes Detroit is guilty of Deception and Subtle Interference (via @myregularface)...
Jimmy Howard was superb--yes, Jimmy Howard--he got a lot of help, and then Pavel Datsyuk did this--with 3:01 left in the game (updated with better video):
All of a sudden, all the jitters, all the kids deferring to the point, all the herky-jerky-ding-dong-diggly-dorking around mattered little to nothing at all, because Datsyuk delivers, and Detroit's taken a 1-0 decision in Game 1 of their 1st round series.
The Red Wings had some house money to spend, and they spent it. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't anything less than nerve-wracking terrifying, and yet, somehow, the Wings caught the Bruins with flat feet and a case of home opener jitters, and Detroit prevailed.
Shots 25-24 Boston overall. Detroit out-shot Boston 11-9 in the 1st period, was out-shot 7-5 in the 2nd period and was out-shot 9-8 in the 3rd period.
Special teams: Detroit went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time; Boston went 0-for-1 in 2:00 of PP time.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 25 shots for Detroit; Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 24 shots for Boston.
The 3 stars were picked by 98.5 The Sports Hub, and they picked Tuukka Rask, Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk.
The Red Wings' goal: Datsyuk (1) from Franzen (1) at 16:59 of the 3rd period.
Faceoffs 24-20 Detroit (Detroit won 55%);
Blocked shots 19-11 Boston;
Missed shots 11-6 Detroit (attempts 54-42 Detroit; Detroit had 24 shots ON the net and another 30 blocked/wide);
Hits 34-26 Boston;
Giveaways 7-4 Boston;
Takeaways 7-5 Boston.
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 9-and-8 (53%); Glendening went 7-and-5 (58%); Sheahan went 4-and-4 (50%); Helm went 3-and-1 (75%); Legwand went 1-and-2 (33%).
Shots: Tatar led the Wings with 5 shots; Helm and Franzen had 3; Datsyuk, Nyquist and Legwand had 2 shots; Kindl, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Lashoff, Jurco, Quincey and DeKeyser had 1 shot.
Blocked attempts: Quincey hit Bruins players 5 times; Kindl, Miller, Tatar, Helm and DeKeyser had 2 attempts blocked; Nyquist, Legwand, Lashoff and Kronwall had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Datsyuk, Nyquist and Tatar missed the net 2 times; Smith, Kindl, Miller, Quincey and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Franzen led the Wings with 4 hits; Miller and Kronwall had 3 hits; Tatar, Jurco, Quincey, Helm and DeKeyser had 2 hits; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Legwand and Glendening had 1 hit.
Giveaways: Smith, Legwand, Kronwall and Franzen had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Franzen and Kindl had 2 takeaways; Helm had 1 takeaway.
Blocked opponent shots: DeKeyser blocked 3 shots; Smith and Kronwall blocked 2 shots; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Lashoff and Franzen blocked 1 shot.
Penalties taken: Tatar took a minor penalty.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at +5. Smith, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Franzen finished at +1.
Points: Datsyuk had a goal; Franzen had an assist.
Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 23:18 played; DeKeyser played 22:32; Smith played 20:36;
Quincey played 20:04; Datsyuk played 19:32; Franzen played 17:11; Tatar played 16:28;
Nyquist played 15:57; Legwand played 15:25; Glendening played 14:58;
Sheahan played 14:55; Kindl played 14:43; Abdelkader played 14:30;
Lashoff played 14:20; Jurco played 12:27; Alfredsson played 12:14.
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