The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The winning 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
Right before Datsyuk's 37th career playoff goal, Howard made a brilliant save when
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, the first playoff matchup between the Original Six teams in 57 years, is set for Sunday night in Boston.
The opening loss was the Bruins' first playoff game since they dropped the deciding Game 6 of last season's
Datsyuk, who missed 16 games with a knee injury before returning April 4, got his first playoff goal since Game 3 of Detroit's second-round playoff series against Chicago last year. The Red Wings had a 3-1 lead in that series against the
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Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less-than-stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.