If anyone understands how difficult it is to resist the urge to retaliate against Boston, it is Brendan Smith.
Had what happened to the Red Wings in Game 2 of their series against Boston happened in Game 1, coach Mike Babcock would be more worried.
The Red Wings are returning to Joe Louis Arena all tied up with the President’s Cup Trophy winning Boston Bruins at one game a piece.
The Bruins find their scoring touch and answer the Wings’ first goal with a marker of their own just before the end of the second period.
Pavel Datsyuk managed to find enough space in the tight-checking game to score with 3:01 left and give the Red Wings a 1-0 win on Friday night.
Boston is the NHL’s best team, albeit one Detroit has defeated in three of four meetings this season.
The Boston Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy by leading the NHL with 117 points.
The Boston Bruins had the NHL’s best record, allowed the second fewest goals and scored the third most.
The Detroit Red Wings beat the odds and made the playoffs for a 23rd straight season, and now comes the hard part.
Nyquist broke a tie with 7:12 left in the third period on his only shot of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat Boston 3-2 on Wednesday night.