BOSTON — Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard's best save of the game, and the Red Wings beat the Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Friday night.
The goal came when Datsyuk carried the puck from the right side to the left in Boston's zone and put a 30-footer from near the left circle past goalie Tuukka Rask's left glove.
Right before Datsyuk's 37th career playoff goal, Howard made a brilliant save when Jarome Iginla's shot from the right point was deflected by Milan Lucic in front of the net. Howard knocked the puck aside with his glove.
With both teams playing a tight checking game, the shots on goal were even at 16-16 heading into the third period.
Boston played without four regulars, including defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller, both sidelined with the flu.
'hawks coach fined for gesture: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined $25,000 for grabbing his groin area in reaction to a delay-of-game penalty that wasn't called in the first overtime of Chicago's 4-3 triple overtime loss to the host Blues in Game 1 of their West series late Thursday. He apologized for the gesture. "I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call," Quenneville said.
Stastny leads Avs to OT win: Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and the Avalanche's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure. He was kept around. And in Game 1 of Colorado's West series with the Wild late Thursday, he tied the score with 13.4 seconds left in regulation, then beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot 7:27 into overtime for a 5-4 win.
Kings look to restart: Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said the Kings will "start over" this weekend after being blitzed 6-3 by the host Sharks in their West playoff opener late Thursday. The Kings fell behind by five goals in the first two periods before All-Star goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled during an evening of surprises for a defensive powerhouse.
First—None. Penalties—Chara, Bos (board), 16:08.
Second—None. Penalties—Krug, Bos (hold), 15:58.
Third Period—1, Detroit, Datsyuk 1 (Franzen), 16:59. Penalties—Tatar, Det (interference), 5:17. Shots on Goal—Detroit 11-5-8—24. Boston 9-7-9—25. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 0 of 2; Boston 0 of 1. Goalies—Detroit, Howard 1-0-0 (25 shots-25 saves). Boston, Rask 0-1-0 (24-23).