Datsyuk scored at 16 minutes 59 seconds of the third period to break a scoreless tie and send the Red Wings to a 1-0 series lead Friday night with a 1-0 victory.
Stealing a game in Boston is what it was all about for the Red Wings, heading into a series against the President's Cup winners as almost an afterthought in the playoffs and big underdogs against the Bruins. One-third of the Wings' forwards were playing in their first playoff game, and their defense is young, too. But the Red Wings were undaunted.
Ted Kulfan selects the top players from the Red Wings' 1-0 victory over the Bruins.
Tomas Tatar was here and then he was gone. And while he was there, he couldn't help but wonder. Not just what he was missing. But what the Red Wings were missing, too, with the feisty goal scorer exiled to Grand Rapids a month before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began last spring.
Few players around the NHL attract the level of respect that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara does. For his work on and off the ice, his leadership and character, Chara stands above many players — and not solely because of his 6-foot-9 frame.
The locker room was filled with media. Radio, television, print, you name it, they were all crammed in the Red Wings' room after Friday's morning skate, prior to Game 1.
At this point, the Red Wings just want to get going. After four days of preparation, it felt good to have a morning skate Friday and get ready for Game 1 against the Boston Bruins.
It's tough to pick just one favorite memory growing up in Livonia as a Red Wings fan, but Torey Krug was able to nail it down. The Boston Bruins defenseman picked a Steve Yzerman moment.
It is as if they approach each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs now as strangers. The first meeting in the playoffs since'57 between two of the Original Six, the Red Wings and Bruins, begins today after four regular-season games and only sporadic play since'82.
The favorite might not be the favorite anymore after Game 1 of this series. The top-seeded Bruins, who had the NHL regular season's best record, gave away home ice advantage after Game 1, losing 1-0 to the Red Wings. Suddenly the pressure is on the Bruins to stay even with the upstart Red Wings.
Who has the edge? Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the Red Wings-Bruins series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Gregg Krupa, Ted Kulfan, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their expert opinions on how the Red Wings will fare in their first-round series against the Bruins.
Danny DeKeyser, who played in 11 regular-season games and two playoff games (hand injury) a year ago out of Western Michigan, could be a key for the Red Wings as they open the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight against the Bruins.
Wings center Darren Helm feels fortunate to have the opportunity to be playing in the playoffs again. Helm played just one game last season because of a back injury, missing the postseason. He sat out the first 14 games this season (back, groin injuries).
Carl Hagelin took a high stick from Philadelphia's Jason Akeson with 7:35 left, and had his mouth cut open. That gave the Rangers a four-minute power play, and they made the most of it. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored 47 seconds apart, and the Rangers beat the Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over rival Philadelphia to nine games.
Uh, OK. This is different, even a bit awkward, like meeting the guy who took your plush corner office. It's different in more ways than we've ever seen, as the Wings make their first foray into the Eastern Conference playoffs and immediately get to face the East's beasts, the Boston Bruins. Be careful what you wish for, right?
So will it be the Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader-Johan Franzen line out on the ice in the opener of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday? Or will it be the Datsyuk-Abdelkader-Gustav Nyquist line going against the Bruins in Boston? Or will it be the well, you get the picture.
Franzen has been known for having big playoff series during his career with the Wings, highlighted by his 13 postseason goals during the Wings' Stanley Cup run in 2008, followed by 12 more to spark the Wings' run to the Cup Finals in 2009.
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was out on the ice Thursday morning during practice. Zetterberg, who had back surgery in late February, was on the ice for 30 minutes, but didn't participate in any contact drills.
Wednesday it was defenseman Jonathan Ericsson saying he will go on the ice Thursday for the first time since having surgery in late March to stabilize a fracture in his finger and repair a partially-torn tendon.
In the basement of their family's home in Mimico, Ont., Brendan and Reilly Smith staged some epic Stanley Cup Playoff series as kids, with the help of their older brother, Rory.
Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference playoffs, with predictions on each series.
Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the first-round matchups in the Western Conference playoffs, with predictions on each series.
Weise scored':08 into overtime and Carey Price stopped nine shots in the extra period, giving the Canadiens a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday.
Zetterberg would like to play in this first-round series against Boston, and because it doesn't begin until Friday, he essentially has two bonus days to get well.
In the past, Niklas Kronwall played well his part for the Red Wings: role player. That was in the past. Now Kronwall has become a leader for a team disappointed by an earlier-than-hoped-for exit from the playoffs in 2013 to a team hungry with excitement for the 2014 postseason, which begins Friday in Boston.
The checking is closer, intimidation a more often used weapon. The intensity of the moment is beyond anything else experienced playing the sport.
At least two West teams that earned at least 100 points are sure to be gone after the first round because they're playing teams that also had 100 points or more — the Blues (111 points) play the Blackhawks (107) and the Sharks (111) take on the Kings (100).
Who are the Boston Bruins and how did they end up with the best record in the NHL this season? Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News provides a breakdown on six key forwards, four defensemen and goalie Tuukka Rask.
Henrik Zetterberg isn't ready to play, but he is ready to skate a little. Zetterberg will take part at the beginning of the Red Wings' practice Tuesday, but he won't skate hard, and not for very long.