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2014 NHL Playoffs: Bruising Bruins tie series vs. Detroit with 4-1 Game 2 win

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The Red Wings didn't have an answer for Zdeno Chara and the Bruins' physical play in Game 2 (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Detroit didn’t have any answers for Zdeno Chara (33) and the Bruins’ physical play. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve 

A much more physical Bruins team evened its series with the resourceful Red Wings at one game apiece on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory. Boston scored a pair of power-play goals and outmuscled its smaller opponent all afternoon, reasserting itself as a tough, stubborn bunch. The Bruins, who lost Game 1 by a score of 1-0, haven’t been shut out in consecutive playoff games since Martin Brodeur of the Devils blanked them twice in 1995. On Sunday, Boston was clearly not in the mood to be blanked for a second straight game.

The Bruins, who took just 25 shots Game 1, unloaded 18 in the first period and made it a point to push Detroit around. The Wings are one of the NHL’s least physical teams and don’t often get pulled into scraps and scrums. Detroit uses its turn-the-other-cheek approach to draw cheap power plays against aggressive opponents, but Boston felt it hadn’t been physical enough the Red Wings on Friday. There was ample pushing and shoving after whistles on Sunday. As the first period ended, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Detroit’s Brendan Smith began tussling near center ice. The 6-foot-9 Chara challenged Smith, who wisely declined to go — he’s listed at seven inches shorter than Chara — but the message was clear: The Wings were in for a bumpy ride.

Here are some notes and observations from a rough and tough Game 2 at TD Garden:

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • 2014 NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings stun Boston Bruins in Game 1

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    By Brian Cazeneuve

    (Boston) — All week the talk had been that the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins were ripe for being taken down by a Detroit Red Wings squad that had scrambled to extend its franchise’s streak of playoff appearances, which now stands at 23.

    Well, here we go.

    The return of Detroit’s marvelous Pavel Datsyuk, even though he’s still working with a lingering knee injury, was widely cited as a possible series-changer, and sure enough he was the lone goal-scorer in Game 1, with only 3:01 left in regulation as the Red Wings neutralized Boston’s vaunted home ice advantage with a 1-0 win in a tightly contested defensive battle.

    “It’s a good start,” Datsyuk said after the game, ” but we know there are many tough games (ahead).”

    “I’ll take home-ice advantage any time,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road … which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this.”

    Here are a few more observations from Friday’s game:

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  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Bruins don’t scare Red Wings; more on tonight’s games

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of Pavel Datsyuk (13) makes the Red Wings a much more formidable foe. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    While the rest of the hockey world rushes to anoint the Bruins as “Most Likely To Hoist The Cup,” many of Boston’s die-hard fans are more inclined to curb their enthusiasm … at least until after the opening round.

    At play here is more than just the legendary fatalism of New England sports fans, the caution born of heartbreaks caused by Bucky Dent and Bill Buckner, Eli Manning and David Tyree/Mario Manningham and –for Bruins fans in particular — “Too many men on the ice.” Indeed, the first round has become almost an annual tripwire for the Bruins, with lower seeds extending them to overtime of Game 7 in each of the past three springs. They survived the scares in 2011 and ’13. But in 2012, one round is as far as their playoffs went.

    So a spike in the collective anxiety of New England is understandable as the Presidents’ Trophy winners take on the Red Wings on Friday night in the opener of a series that could be treacherous for the Stanley Cup favorites.

    It’s not just that Detroit was the only team to beat Boston three times in regulation this season, or even that the Red Wings’ puck possession game is the Kryptonite to the Bruins’ physically punishing style. It’s that these Wings might be better than they were at any time during the regular season. They’re still missing some key players — word now is that Henrik Zetterberg has almost no chance of skating in this series — but Detroit is deeper and healthier than it has been almost all year.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • Bruins can blame Zdeno Chara if Henrik Zetterberg helps Red Wings beat Bruins

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    Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg remain friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

    Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg are friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Henrik Zetterberg is closing in on a return to action after more than two months on the sidelines, just when his Detroit teammates need him the most.

    But if he comes back in time to help the Red Wings knock off the heavily favored Bruins in their first-round playoff series, Boston fans will have to vent their rage toward one of their own:

    Team captain Zdeno Chara.

    Turns out that Big Z felt sorry for Zetty when the Swedish star was forced to withdraw from the Olympics after just one game with back pain so severe that it required immediate surgery.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

    Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

    April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Notable injuries

    Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

    Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Jussi Jokinen beats Red Wings with odd goal, but Detroit clinches playoff spot

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    (3/3) Jussi Jokinen shootout goal slowed down. #Penguins #NHL on Twitpic

    By Nick Stoico

    Riley Sheahan of the Detroit Red Wings had forced overtime, thanks to his goal with just 75 seconds left in regulation, but the Penguins’ Jussi Jokinen later put away the lone tally in the shootout to seal a 4-3 win for Pittsburgh.

    As Jokinen closed in on the net, Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson lunged to poke the puck away. He was successful, but not enough to satisfy the hockey gods. The puck flew off his stick and arced into the back of the net.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Report: Pavel Datsyuk near return to Red Wings lineup

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has been rehabbing a knee injury. (Greg Aibel/Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The injury-riddled Red Wings were hoping to get Pavel Datsyuk back for their game against Boston on Wednesday night after NHL.com reported that he was getting close returning from the knee injury that has sidelined him since February 27. That report proved to be over-optimistic when Datsyuk declared himself not quite ready to return to action after the team’s morning skate.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • VIDEO: Gustav Nyquist stays red-hot with score from below the goal line

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    Can anyone stop Gustav Nyquist right now? The Swede is carrying the Red Wings. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    Can anyone stop Gustav Nyquist right now? The 24-year-old Swede is carrying the Red Wings. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    By Michael Blinn

    With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the sidelines, the Detroit Red Wings needed someone to turn to while they pursue a playoff spot in the East.

    Enter Gustav Nyquist, who has been one of the NHL’s hottest players during the last few months, notching 22 goals and 35 points in his last 28 games, including his current 13-game scoring streak that has seen him light the lamp 11 times and post 13 points during that stretch.

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • NHL fines Penguins’ Neal and Red Wings’ Legwand $5,000 apiece

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    By Nick Stoico

    Fines have been dealt out to Detroit forward David Legwand and Pittsburgh forward James Neal for violations in Thursday night’s game between the Red Wings and the Penguins. Both players were charged with $5,000 fines by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

    At 5:19 of the second period, James Neal threw a high cross-check on Red Wings forward Luke Glendening. Neal’s stick connected with Glendening on the side of his helmet and the Pens forward was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Jonathan Ericsson the latest one hurt in brutal string of injuries for Red Wings

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    Jonathan Ericsson is the Red Wings' sixth player in six games to go down with an injury. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    Jonathan Ericsson is the Red Wings’ sixth player in six games to go down with an injury. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    By Nick Stoico

    Another one down in Detroit.
    Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left Tuesday night’s game against Toronto early after suffering what the Red Wings disclosed as an upper-body injury. He had recorded just over 13 minutes on ice and did not return for the third period.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2014


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