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Bruins, Red Wings after more offense in Game 2

by Matt Kalman


(Detroit leads best-of-7 series, 1-0)


Big story: As the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Boston Bruins have the home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that advantage lasts only as long as you're winning your home games, and the Detroit Red Wings tilted the Eastern Conference First Round series their way Friday with a 1-0 road win in Game 1 against the top-seeded Bruins. Now it'll be up to the Bruins to summon their experience and climb back into the series.

"It's just one game. We have to obviously play a lot better," Bruins center David Krejci said. "Like I said, we have to look at the video [Saturday] and make some adjustments. The next game is going to be important. It's a bit different if you go to Detroit going in 1-1 or 0-2. So, we have to do everything we can and get a win on Sunday."

Team Scope:

Red Wings: Detroit could use a little more offense. Their Game 1 goal, a beautiful shot on the rush from center Pavel Datsyuk, was barely a scoring chance. The Red Wings hardly made Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask work.

But when you have all-world players such as Datsyuk around to make big plays, maybe Detroit just needs to play the same exact game. After all, the defense seized the day.

"I thought we did a fairly good job of boxing out and playing quicker on the defensive side of things," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "In our zone when we got the puck we were able to get it out fairly quick, we were able to get the pucks deep and go after their defense instead. I thought overall it was a solid performance."

Assuming a better offensive performance from the Bruins in Game 2, the Red Wings will again need goaltender Jimmy Howard to outplay Rask.

Bruins: If Boston is going to even this series, it needs to score. The Bruins' 25 shots in Game 1 were not nearly enough, especially considering their scoring chances could probably be counted on one hand. Krejci and his wings, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, combined for four shots.

"It was a tight checking game, but nonetheless, I think everybody's got to find a way to create more, and that's going to be the challenge in this series with two teams playing really tight," coach Claude Julien said. "So it's about everybody working a little harder and then gaining your space and doing what you have to do here."

Not only will the Bruins need to find a way to generate more speed out of their own end and through the neutral zone, they'll also need to manage the puck better. There were far too many offensive-zone giveaways in Game 1 for a team with Stanley Cup championship aspirations.

Who's hot: Howard stopped 25 shots for his third career playoff shutout. Datsyuk scored on one of his two shots on net. Linemate Johan Franzen assisted on the goal and had three shots on net. … Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was credited with five hits in 8:52 of ice time. The Bruins' fourth line pulled its weight despite Daniel Paille's absence. The newly formed line of rookie Justin Florek with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson combined for seven shots.

Injury report: Paille (head) skated before the morning skate Saturday. Forward Chris Kelly (back) is day-to-day. Defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller might be battling the flu and Julien said he doesn't know if anyone will return in time for Game 2. They practiced on Saturday. … Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (back) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (hand) are out, probably until the second round.

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