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Red Wings beat Bruins 1-0 in playoff opener as Pavel Datsyuk scores with 3:01 left

  • Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Jurco chases down a loose puck against the Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Jurco chases down a loose puck against the Boston Bruins during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save as Detroit Red Wings' David Legwand screens during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save as Detroit Red Wings' David Legwand screens during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) tries to get away from Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) tries to get away from Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

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.