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Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 quick take: Datsyuk, Howard deliver

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.

Individual stats:

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.


Datysuk on FSD says he just shoot, Abby make screen, he make possible at blueline to shoot, he figured shoot and go after the rebound.

He's asked about the Wings' defensive game and he says they played a fast game, they tried to take care of the puck in their zone quick, chip puck over the defensemen and play in the offensive zone more.

Howard play great today, he make big saves and he help Wings stay in game.

Leave it alone, let the Bruins bitch and moan, just play.

Babcock mit Trevor Thompson: He's asked about Howard and he says that both goalies didn't have a ton of work, it was tight-checking not a ton of room, Howie made big saves right before they scored and on the PK and from Howie on out the group played hard.

Babs says everyone was detail-oriented, they competed hard, they looked quick, they weren't assertive off the hop but they got better, obviously the series will get better, they got a win but they look forward to being better in Game 2.

He says there are no messages being sent you just win the game.

He's asked about Lucic spearing DeKeyser, should it be reviewed? "That's what the league does."

Update: Quoth Yahoo Sports' Harrison Mooney:

So much beauty here, and it begins at the moment that Datsyuk corrals this puck. The play begins with a truly terrible pass from Johan Franzen, who tries to flip it to Datsyuk to start the breakout and winds up losing it in traffic.
But no matter. Already dashing through the neutral zone like a one horse open sleigh, Datsyuk reaches back behind him and snags the puck, dragging it between all three Bruins' forwards, then slingshotting it through his legs and up to his stick. He does all this at full speed.
From there, he rocks into the Bruins' end, pulling the puck away from a Zdeno Chara pokecheck attempt before dancing across the zone and shooting it through a Justin Abdelkader screen and past Rask.
Just an unbelievable play, and one of the reasons you shouldn't count the Red Wings out of this series. They may not have Boston's record, and they may not have Boston's depth, but as long as they have Pavel Datsyuk, they're a scary team.

Update #2:

Update #3: Game highlights:

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SYF's avatar

I hope that GIF makes the rounds.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:11 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

They weren’t perfect, but am I the only one who thought the Wings kicked ass tonight?

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:14 PM ET


Well i have to say i disagree with your quick-take analysis. The wings battled thoroughly throughout, pressuring the B’s defense all night. It’s the highest compete level I’ve seen them display all year. Yes, they made some errors, but so did Boston. The wings looked quick, and very focused. If they can play this way all series it will be a very difficult out for the Bruins.

Posted by Wheresmyhat on 04/18/14 at 10:16 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Jimmy’s first G1 road win in forever. About fuching time. Well done.

Posted by duhduhduh on 04/18/14 at 10:20 PM ET

DocF's avatar

The Red Wings played the better game tonight and won.  Yes, they messed things up more than once, butr Boston did the same thing.  These two teams will play ugly hockey against each other because their makeups just plain guarantee it.  The fact is, though, that Detroit has beaten Boston now for the fourth time this year.  The makeup of My Beloved Red Wings makes them a most challenging team for the big bad Broons to play.  Boston does not have enough speed nor quickness to consistently cover the guys in red.

With a combined playoff and regular record of 4 and 1, I feel fairly safe in saying they will go on to beat the Bruins three more times.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/18/14 at 10:24 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I loved the Wings’ “compete level.” It was SPECTACULAR. I simply felt that their offensive game was indirect at best. The Wings’ defensive game, save the gaffes—including one where Lashoff and Helm and Kindl sort of hit “restart” and Daniel Alfredsson bailed everybody out—was wonderful.

This wasn’t the kind of hockey you need to play to win successive games against the Bruins, but it was good enough to steal one, and that was the Wings’ only job tonight.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/18/14 at 10:25 PM ET

Alan's avatar

The score does not reflect how awesome we were tonight. Damn that was amazing!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/18/14 at 10:27 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

I agree with Wheresmyhat. I thought the Wings were pretty outstanding. They had killer instinct and looked like they wouldn’t leave without a win. They may have made a few mistakes, but they absolutely took it to the Bruins and, to me, displayed better chemistry and confidence than I’ve seen in some time. The Bruins looked overwhelmed out there much of the time.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:28 PM ET

Stevis's avatar

Indeed; if they’d paid this much attention to pucks in their own end all season we wouldn’t have been bitching so much.  This was the kind of battle-winning they needed. 

And winning game 1, while not responding unduly to any of the physical stuff*, has got to put them in the Bruins’ heads a little bit

*which, save for the gif above, wasn’t anything over the line, anyway.

Posted by Stevis on 04/18/14 at 10:29 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

So what adjustments will Julien make?

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:29 PM ET

PDXWing's avatar

I asked this in the live blog but didn’t get a response. Is there any chance of supplementary discipline for Lucic’s spear? Is that reviewable by the league?

Posted by PDXWing on 04/18/14 at 10:30 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

I also disagree with you George. They weren’t perfect but played a helluva opening game. Each line we rolled brought a different approach and I was very impressed with our team tonight. If Kindl continues to make the simple play out of the zone he will establish a lot more confidence and will help solidfy our bottom pairing.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 04/18/14 at 10:30 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The best thing the Wings can do in terms of the Bruins’ physicality is to answer it between the whistles. Leave the other shit to them, especially if they take it to the press.

As for aesthetics…I am happy to be disagreed with. I’m just one guy and I’m not always right(!!!!!!!!) wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/18/14 at 10:32 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

The Wings’ Bottom 6 just looked great out there. I think the Kid Line can do some major damage in this series.

And how about those plays by DeKeyser to block that P1 chance (was it Marchand?) and Miller to clear the zone from the side of the net on the lone Bruins’ PP.? I actually felt like the Wings were more detailed in this game than I’ve seen them in some time. Sure, it took a while before they were able to really get to the net, but they also made sure that was true for the Bruins, as well.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:33 PM ET


[emHoward claims that watching Mrazek in St. Louis inspired him to go out and play the puck more and that got him into the game!]

Vernon and Hasek approve.  Atta boy Howie, keep it up!

Posted by maltby18 on 04/18/14 at 10:34 PM ET


I asked this in the live blog but didn’t get a response. Is there any chance of supplementary discipline for Lucic’s spear? Is that reviewable by the league?

Posted by PDXWing on 04/18/14 at 10:30 PM ET

They’ll look at it, but the worst he’ll get is a fine.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/18/14 at 10:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

There’s the possessed face Kate was talking about.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:36 PM ET


It was close to a perfect game.  To dominate possession like that against a great team like Boston is simply spectacular.  Let’s keep doing it.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/18/14 at 10:36 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Also, is it me or did Franzen look much faster than he usually does? I had a feeling he’d figure in on the next goal, and I have a feeling he’ll be a factor in this series.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:40 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by SYF from Zata’s Epic Viking Beard on 04/18/14 at 10:36 PM ET

Thanks for the freeze frame, mang. Intense.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/18/14 at 10:43 PM ET


I dunno about “faster”, but Franzen had some serious attitude a couple times I noticed him.  He doesn’t like the disrespect from the media, and he’s not afraid of Boston.

I hope he loses it next game.  We could use beast mode Mule.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/18/14 at 10:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The man’s focused, Kate.  That should be the face of the Wings all playoffs long.

A little time to rest loosen up a bit and then get back right into it.  The Wings deserve our toasts tonight.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:48 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

There never is a perfect game but my hat is off to Babs game plan, players execution/discipline, kids never say die and Howie played calm and cool.

Any team with tools like Lucic and Marchand can be beat, both a disgrace to the game!

Big confidence builder for first time Wings playoff players!

Only stressed out after the Magic Man’s goal which is very unusual.

Great game from the whole organization!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/18/14 at 10:51 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Soi didntget to watch much of thegame…. was there a penalty onthe near castration of 65DD?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/18/14 at 10:52 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

There were a few plays where I felt Franzen looked quicker and more elusive than he usually does, especially behind the net. Regardless of whether I’m right, I do think he had a great game and looked very competitive. And yes, I certainly hope Beast Mode Franzen appears.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:52 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Soi didntget to watch much of thegame…. was there a penalty onthe near castration of 65DD?


Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:52 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Did the Rene Bourque goal tonight remind anyone else a bit of the McCarty Cup winner in 97?

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/18/14 at 10:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeff, no.  But too many people saw it and a camera man has it on film.

But seriously, I sort of knew that was gonna happen because it’s the playoffs.  No worries here.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:55 PM ET

aerodude's avatar

Lucic needs to be gone a game for that shit. Lets see what Little Gary does now that Shanny isnt there anymore. Another Weber face to the glass no suspension?

Posted by aerodude on 04/18/14 at 10:55 PM ET

RW19's avatar

George ... WTF the wings played a great road game tonight. Not sure what u saw or thought you were looking at but the boys held their own and took a lot of crap without flinching. There were panic inducing moments but 90% of the time they played them even or were better.

Posted by RW19 on 04/18/14 at 10:56 PM ET

Temo's avatar

Meanwhile on the opposite coast.  This just makes me happy.



Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 04/18/14 at 10:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Another Weber face to the glass no suspension?

Posted by aerodude on 04/18/14 at 10:55 PM ET

Probably yes.  And like Mickey said in the game after, “Let the players figure it out.”  Next game, I saw Weber get absolutely leveled by Abber, I think.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 04/18/14 at 10:57 PM ET

It was so beautiful.  I’m glad you caught that.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/18/14 at 10:58 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

I would have been crushed had this been one of those games where we controlled a lot of it and lost late.  Apparently, Pavel prefers me happy.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/18/14 at 10:58 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I just wish that was Franzen that Lucic speared.  Would have awakened the Mule.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/18/14 at 11:04 PM ET

perfection's avatar

Howe played just like Babs said he would. Where’s the “realist” troll from earlier now?

What a game. What a goal. I’m still pretty stunned. I mean I thought we could beat these guys but 1-0 is pretty nuts. Hell of a start

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/18/14 at 11:04 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Coupla’ things worth commenting on:

* Kindl at some point needs to hold pucks in the zone.  He can’t keep letting EVERY SINGLE ONE get past him.  He never, ever seems to have gained the ability to do this, and it’s something Detroit DESPERATELY needs.

* Wings had a tendency tonight to wait just a split second too long to shoot.  What one sees as patience for screening, I see as pucks going into a defender.  They need to fire those through quicker, make it tougher still on Rask.

* Legwand is basically invisible.  I’m almost thinking he’s the first guy to sit when forward comes back, he’s that bad.  He really has been a disaster mostly…

* Franzen took crap during the game for missing the one redirect, but overall I thought he was kinda’ snarly.  Tatar and Glendening can’t be the Wings’ snarl, some other guys like Franzen have to bring it too.

* Nyquist and Tatar both looked good, stuff just didn’t work for them tonight.  It’s gotten tough now that Nyquist draws so much defensive attention.

* We won’t hear the Howard Haters tonight, or tomorrow.  As it should be.  Howie helped steal this one.

* Drew Miller:  you saw why Babcock keeps him around.  He’s too smart, and does too many little things too well.  DET absolutely has to have him, and plays him in key situations.

* Quincey and Kindl are absolutely pointless shooting pucks.  They never get through.  If they’re the options at the point, they need to keep cycling.  Them shooting is where pressure goes to die.

* More speed.  We saw flashes of it, but DET needs to still press the issue w/ speed.  If they can keep doing what they’re doing, stay out of the box, and add even more a threat of speed, BOS is gonna’ be in real trouble.

Posted by Primis on 04/18/14 at 11:06 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Hope DeK and others (Lashoff) came out healthy!  That was a brutal spear and DeK looked a little off after that.

Hope Lucic gets some kind of reprimand so the next dirty shit will get him a suspension in this years playoff. Marchand can disappear anytime also.  Stay disciplined and let the Bruins pay on the PP, which is not great for the Wings, YET!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/18/14 at 11:06 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Gotta say I liked the lines Uncle Mike put together tonight. Matched line for line with every change. Great execution by the coaching staff. They deserve a pat on the back as well for getting it handled.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/18/14 at 11:06 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

The Masswholes got outplayed pure and simple.  This was not even supposed to be close. It was like the rink was tilted most of the night.

The frustration level was readily apparent.  The Big Bad Broonz do not like anyone who is not in awe of, well, them. Chara with the elbows, Lucic playing spike the gonads, Marchant talking to himself…..they were chasing their tails. The Kids just don’t give a ripppppp!  They are here to win. Period.

Yet, they will be back.  Look for the Boston goons to be out in full force next game…....what else they gonnna bring?  Speed? Skill?  Good luck with that.

Drop the puck and STFU.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 04/18/14 at 11:09 PM ET

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