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 in Boston.
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 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. But Howard knocked the puck aside with his glove.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is set for Sunday night in Boston.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 1: Rene Bourque had two goals, and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored, leading the Canadiens to victory on the road.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less-than-stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.
A second road victory in three nights sends the Canadiens home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Sunday.
Bourque and Desharnais scored in the second period after defensive breakdowns left Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback in tough situations. Gallagher made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the third period.
Price lost his bid for a shutout when Teddy Purcell scored for Tampa Bay with less than two minutes remaining.