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Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard 's best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night.
GAME 1: In this photo taken with a fish eye lens, Boston Bruins defenceman Corey Potter struggles with Detroit Red Wings' Riley Sheahan during the first period in Boston.
Riley Sheahan made sure to shave what was a considerable beard because he knows how the NHL playoffs work.
Boston -- 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.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save on Boston defenseman Kevan Miller during the second period of a 3-2 regular- season Detroit victory this month at Joe Louis Arena.
Tuukka Rask won 36 games for the Bruins this season, with a 2.04 goals-against average.
The Red Wings took three out of four from the B's this year, including a gutsy, oh-so-Red-Wing-like 3-2 win in early April.
Boston's Patrice Bergeron, being chased by the Red Wings' Joakim Andersson and Kyle Quincey, is one of the best two-way forwards in the league.
Barry Melrose is a former NHL player, coach, and current ESPN analyst who you know as the guy with the great suits and better hair.
Tomas Tatar resorted to size-ism to identify the two Z's in his life, because he got tired of wondering whether it was his Red Wings teammate or his Slovak teammate calling.
Much has been made about the Bruins' 0-3-1 record against the Red Wings this season and the fact that they haven't won a game in Joe Louis Arena since 2007.
SEASON SERIES: Detroit won 3-1. Early in their last meeting on April 2 at Joe Louis Area, the Red Wings didn't look as if they played in the same league as the Bruins.
Goalie A posted a .917 save percentage this season . Goalie B posted a .910 save percentage this season .
Sure, it's because the Bruins and Red Wings were placed in the same division this year, and faced each other four times during the regular season - as many times as they'd seen each other in the previous four years combined.