The Boston Bruins squandered their home ice advantage of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, giving up a goal with only 3:01 left in regulation to drop a defensive game one, 1-0.
It was Pavel Datsyuk who snapped the twine with a wrist shot that broke the deadlock, and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard kept the Bruins off the scoreboard with 25 saves.
Boston was down a number of players — Chris Kelly (back), Daniel Paille (possible concussion), Matt Bartkowski (flu) and Kevan Miller (flu) — and just couldn’t get any scoring chances going through the game.
But the same was true for the Red Wings, as both teams played solid defense, and the wrister by Datsyuk is one that Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who saved 23 shots of his own, wishes he could get back.
“I was ready for that shot, I just couldn’t see it. But it still went through me, so I should have it,” said Rask via the BostonHerald.com.
Game 2 is now a crucial one for the Bruins, who can’t afford to head into Joe Louis arena down two games to the Red Wings.