The Boston Bruins love to play a physical, in-your-face style of hockey and Milan Lucic wasted no time landing the first cheap shot of this playoff series with Detroit.
Late in the second period, Lucic drifted behind Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and delivered an obvious, dirty spear between DeKeyser’s legs. The play happened in open ice, not far from a ref, but Lucic somehow managed to escape a penalty on the play.
It is not uncommon to see Pavel Datsyuk pull off a move that few other players would even attempt. He did so again Friday night in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, and his latest magic act led to 1-0 Detroit Red Wings win.
Datsyuk extended his stick as far back as he possibly could, somehow managing to drag the puck away from two Bruins defenders, through his own legs and onto his stick in full flight. He then criss-crossed with Justin Abdelkader at the Boston line and wristed by Tuukka Rask for the game’s only goal.
The Detroit Pistons’ draft plans hinge, first and foremost, on what happens at the May 20 draft lottery. As Pistons fans well know by now, should any lottery team below the No. 8 spot hit the jackpot, Detroit would fall out of the top eight and thus have to hand over its first-round pick to Charlotte.
Should the Pistons stay put (or move up), however, this draft ought to provide them a shot at a legitimate rookie starter. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman speculates in his latest mock draft that one such candidate could be found just a short drive from Auburn Hills:
Nik Stauskas, coming off Big 10 Player of the Year honors, has a number of things going for him heading into the draft. …
With Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith all being inside-the-arc scorers, the Pistons desperately need a wing who can consistently stretch the floor.
So far, the Ian Kinsler-for-Prince Fielder trade has been a decisive victory for the Detroit Tigers. With Fielder struggling out of the gate in Texas, Kinsler remains one of the hottest bats in Detroit’s lineup.
His latest key moment came Thursday afternoon, with the Tigers trailing the Indians by two. After Cleveland starter Danny Salazar walked Alex Avila and Alex Gonzalez to open the fifth, Kinsler bombed a three-run shot over the left-center field wall to put Detroit ahead for good en route to a 7-5 win.
Can the Detroit Red Wings pull off a playoff upset of No. 1 seed Boston? We’ll break down that series, plus offer up some picks for the upcoming postseason.
SBNation’s Ted Starkey will join us.
“It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
Usually, such sentiments are merely vomit-inducing attempts to moralize losing. But, for the first time in a long time, that quote has true symbolism when it relates to the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff expectations in 2014.
Though many will be tempted to expect the injury ravaged Red Wings, fresh off their colossal claw into the 2014 playoffs, to upset the Bruins in the first round, fans should not hold tightly to that expectation prior to this series. Instead, they should appreciate getting there as a fantastic accomplishment in itself. Continue reading
Gary Harris bid farewell to the Michigan State Spartans during a press conference Tuesday, at which he confirmed that he would skip his final two college seasons to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
“It’s like a weight’s off my shoulders, honestly,” Harris said. “I made my decision, I’m happy with the decision I’ve made, and I’m looking forward to get ready for the next step.”