BOSTON – The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk’s wrist.
Just like that, on Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night.
“We know we’re good enough,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, “but it’s one thing to know you’re good enough and another thing to show it.”
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 eighth-seeded Red Wings made their last one count.
“It’s a good start,” Datsyuk said, “but we know there are many tough games (ahead).”
Game 2 of the first playoff matchup between the Original Six teams in 57 years is set for Sunday in Boston. And Detroit doesn’t have to win there again to advance.
“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.”
Ducks 3, Stars 2
In Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as Anaheim moved halfway to its first series victory since 2009. The Ducks have won just one postseason round since their only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 1
In Tampa, Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored in the victory.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.