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Live blog: Red Wings vs. Bruins

The Red Wings open up their 23rd consecutive postseason tonight in Boston against the Bruins, but this time it’s in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Follow the action here with live updates from Geoff Robinson.

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Silly us, to be worried about Pavel Datsyuk. We should have known better. The magic man, just nine games back from injury, fired a shot with 3:01 to play to give the Wings the lead and a 1-0 victory over the heavily favored Bruins. After making a great play for the puck at center ice, Datsyuk skated in on two defenders and sent a wrister past Tuukka Rask.

It was a huge win for the Wings. Boston is a very good team, but the speed of the Wings gave them problems all night long. In the end, it was the veteran Datsyuk who made the play to get his team the win on the road.

Jimmy Howard played great, too. The Wings goalie made some excellent saves in the third period to keep the game scoreless.

Shots finished 25-24 in favor of the Bruins.

The Wings’ sloppy play in their zone is going to cost them this game if they can’t clean it up in front of Jimmy Howard.

The teams are still scoreless with 8:11 left to play in the third period, but Boston seems to be the ones closing in on a goal. There hasn’t been any huge chances to speak of, but that’s mostly because the Bruins have fumbled away those would-be chances that were gift wrapped by the Wings’ sloppy puck handling.

Brad Marchand took advantage of a Wings turnover in their own zone and skated in all alone on Jimmy Howard, but the Wings’ goalie made a nice save to keep the home team off the board.

Tuukka Rask then gave up two juicy rebounds when the Wings fired shots on goal, but the Detroiters couldn’t put one in the back of the net.

The teams are still scoreless with 16:36 left in the third period.

The second power play of the night produced nothing for the Wings and the teams are heading to the second intermission without a goal between them.

The Wings were the better team in the period. Although the were outshot by the Bruins, the Wings were the ones controlling the puck and feeding it towards net.

On the night, shots are even at 16 apiece.

Hopefully the Wings continue to be aggressive in the third period, but they’re going to have to clean up the sloppy handling of the puck in their own zone.

Brendan Smith found Pavel Datsyuk wide open in the slot, but the veteran missed the net on what was the Wings’ best chance to score so far in Game 1.

Tough break for the Wings, but they’re eventually going to get one in if they keep playing this aggressive style. The Bruins are having a tough time handling the Detroit speed. While they are outhitting the Wings, speed and smart play are evening the playing field.

The game is still scoreless with 10:46 to play in the second period. Shots are 14-12 in favor of the Wings.

The Wings squandered a chance to get out in front in Game 1 with a power play late in the first period, and things are scoreless in Boston after 20 minutes.

The power play provided no chances for the Wings, but they are doing a nice job of holding their own against the NHL’s best regular season team. As long as the Wings can stay out of a physical game and use their speed to counter the Bruins’ size, they should be in this game to the very end.

The Wings outshot Boston 11-9 in the first period.

It’s been a back and forth affair, and the Wings have been sloppy at time with the puck in their own zone, but they are very much hanging in there with the top-seeded Bruins.

As far as chances go, no real good ones over the last few minutes.

The Wings have to do a better job of forcing the action down the ice. Boston has asserted itself last in the first period.

The game is still scoreless with 4:43 left to play in the first period.

Shots are 9-8 in favor of the Wings.

The Wings have done a nice job getting the puck deep in the Bruins zone and making Tuukka Rask hold his own in the first period. The Boston goalie is giving up quite a few rebounds early on, and that could bode well for the Wings going forward.

Danny DeKeyser jumped in front of an Brad Marchand shot to prevent what could have been a stick-side goal for the Bruins winger.

The game is still scoreless with 10:18 left to play in the first period.

The Wings are outshooting the Bruins 7-5.

The Red Wings got into the playoffs on the back of their young guns, and the reward is a trip to Boston to face off against a Bruins team that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best regular season record.

The Wings took three out of four from Boston this year, so they know they are capable of beating the Bruins.  They’ll have to use their speed to create chances and try to counter a Bruins team that makes very few mistakes and features one of the best top lines in the league (David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla).

It’s hard to know what the Wings will get from their young players, let alone oft-injured Pavel Datsyuk in this series. It’s possible Henrik Zetterberg could return at some point, but who knows what kind of game-shape he’ll be in if he does. It’s the first trek for this franchise through the Eastern Conference, and the task in front of them is monumental. But as everyone in today’s NHL says, once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen.