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Red Wings, Bruins leave little room for puck handlers to skate in tight-checking series

Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 5:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Red Wings, Bruins leave little room for puck handlers to skate in tight-checking series

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings head into Sunday's second playoff game hoping for more room to skate.

Neither had much space in the tight-checking opener that Detroit won 1-0 Friday night on Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 remaining.

Bruins centre David Krejci says his team needs to hold on to the puck more and make confident plays rather than dump it in and chase after it.

Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall thought his team did a good job of boxing out and playing quicker defensively.

Top-seeded Boston is hoping to get a split of the first two games before the best-of-seven series shifts to Detroit for two games. If a fifth game is necessary it would be in Boston.

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