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BOSTON (AP) Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard’s best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night.
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 winning goal came when Datsyuk carried the puck from the right side to the left in Boston’s zone and put a 30-footer from near the left circle past goalie Tuukka Rask’s left glove.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) 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 Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take 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 the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008.
Game 3 is Monday in Dallas.
Getzlaf was hit in the face by Tyler Seguin’s shot in the final minute of Game 1, leaving him with bruises and a ragged cut on the left side of his face. His wife then gave birth to their third child early Friday morning, a daughter named Willa.
None of it could stop Anaheim’s captain from getting back in the lineup and making enormous plays to keep the Ducks on track. He wore a clear facemask around his jaw and mouth in a prudent concession by a player who doesn’t like even wearing a visor.
After a raucous pregame ovation from an Orange County crowd that recognized his toughness, Getzlaf then scored a first-period goal and set up Cogliano’s short-handed tally in the third period.
Perry hadn’t scored a playoff goal in 10 games since April 2011, getting blanked during the Ducks’ seven-game loss to Detroit in the first round last spring. But the Canadian Olympic gold medalist knows how to fill a net: He was the NHL’s second-leading goal-scorer this season, trailing only Alex Ovechkin.
Half of Dallas’ skaters made playoff debuts in the series opener, but the Stars came out for Game 2 with more confidence and poise from the opening faceoff, and Chiasson put Dallas ahead early on a power play, one-timing a pass from captain Jamie Benn for his first career playoff goal.
Both teams had an added physical edge in the rematch. Trevor Daley jumped on top of Perry and pummeled him with both hands in the Stars’ crease during the first period in response to a perceived slight.
Anaheim struggled to match the Stars’ pace early, but after another fruitless Ducks power play, Getzlaf evened it by himself. He took the puck away from Erik Cole and skated in on Lehtonen, scoring high for his second goal of the series.
Perry put the Ducks ahead late in the first period after intercepting a pass between Seguin and Benn before rocketing a slap shot past Lehtonen from close range.
Anaheim killed a penalty to end the third period and then extended its lead during another kill early in the third. Cogliano, the Ducks’ dominant forechecker and penalty-killer, got away with breaking Sergei Gonchar’s stick in the Dallas end before Getzlaf controlled the puck and fed Cogliano for the score.
Garbutt kept the Stars close with a goal in front of Andersen on a setup from Shawn Horcoff midway through the third. Dallas tilted the ice decidedly in its favor in the final minutes, but Anaheim killed a penalty on Getzlaf with 3 minutes to play before surviving a last-minute scramble. Nick Bonino blocked the Stars’ final shot.
NOTES: Dallas D Brenden Dillon missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury, and the Stars scratched veteran D Aaron Rome in favor of rookie Kevin Connauton, who made his playoff debut. … The Ducks played without top-line forward Matt Beleskey, who aggravated a persistent lower-body injury late in Game 1. Devante Smith-Pelly replaced Beleskey in the Anaheim lineup, making his NHL playoff debut.
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright’s two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
As Harang’s pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.
Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle – the decision had already been made that he was done.
Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.
The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit off the 35-year-old right-hander was actually on a check-swing tapper by Travis d’Arnaud in the second inning.