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Red Wings, Bruins leave little room for puck handlers to skate in tight-checking series

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    In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader (8) celebrates with Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton on top of him after Pavel Datsyuk scored on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of Detroit's 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk lets go a shot as Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) defends during the third period of Detroit's 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)The Associated Press

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings head into Sunday's second playoff game hoping for more room to skate.

Neither had much space in the tight-checking opener that Detroit won 1-0 Friday night on Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 remaining.

Bruins center David Krejci says his team needs to hold on to the puck more and make confident plays rather than dump it in and chase after it.

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall thought his team did a good job of boxing out and playing quicker defensively.

Top-seeded Boston is hoping to get a split of the first two games before the best-of-seven series shifts to Detroit for two games. If a fifth game is necessary it would be in Boston.