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.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.
A second road victory in three nights sends the Canadiens home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Sunday.
Bourque and Desharnais scored in the second period after defensive breakdowns left Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback in tough situations. Gallagher made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the third period.
NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.
Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.
Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
"I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good.
"I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well."
Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday and couldn't be blamed for the loss. The game was tied 1-1 in the third period but changed when the Rangers scored twice during a double-minor, high-sticking penalty against young forward Jason Akeson.
Emery had little chance to stop either scoring shot. His backup's strong performance took some of the sting away from Mason.
But he still hopes to get the call Sunday.
"This is the time that you've worked all season to get to, and to see the team go out there in a playoff atmosphere at Madison Square Garden where the stakes are so high ... it's something that you don't want to be sitting out and watching," Mason said.
"It was difficult, especially since the result. I think everybody expects a much better game on Sunday. I don't think anybody was happy with the way the team played."
Mason expects to practice with his teammates Saturday. The rest of the Flyers had Friday off.
Of bigger concern than their goaltending, the Flyers will have to show more discipline in Game 2 and figure out a way to get their top forwards going offensively.
Along with the game-changing penalty by Akeson, Philadelphia was whistled for three other infractions that didn't lead to New York goals but prevented the Flyers from mounting a serious comeback. They were outshot 13-1 in the final frame.
Philadelphia was outshot 36-15 overall.
"They did a good job of getting those two goals on the power play, and then after the two goals we tried too hard to get some offense going and got out of position," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said of the Rangers, who held him to no shots. "We didn't get a lot of shots, but we did a lot of good things.
"There is a reason why there are seven games. We need to see what we did wrong, and we will be ready for Game 2."
So will the Rangers, who now own a nine-game home winning streak over the Flyers.
"We are not going to overthink it here," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "We did a lot of good things, and we are going to continue building on that. It's one game, and we start over again on Sunday. You have to earn it every night."
The emergence of Brad Richards also gave the Rangers another shot of energy and optimism. Richards scored the go-ahead goal Thursday and then assisted on insurance tallies by Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin in the third period.
Richards, a potential candidate to have his contract bought out over the summer, is proving his worth after a disappointing end to last year's postseason when he was benched for the final two games by former coach John Tortorella.
"We controlled play," Richards said. "In a series, sometimes having the puck and wearing them out can benefit you later in the game. That was our main goal. We would like to get more pucks to the net, and we will try to do that."
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.
Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.
Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses. Harang didn't allow a hit 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. ''It wasn't that tough of a decision, really,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth.
Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood said in a statement Friday that playing for the Blue Devils and Mike Krzyzewski ''helped me grow and develop as a player and a person'' to prepare him for the NBA. ''Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player,'' Hood said. The 6-foot-8 Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State.
Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college. So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners. Freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke are expected to be top-five picks in June, but Silver believes teams are taking those players young because of the system in place, not because it's their preference. Silver and predecessor David Stern have long spoken about the desire to increase the limit to 20.
Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance. The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May. The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.
The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk's wrist. Just like that, on Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night. ''We know we're good enough,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, ''but it's one thing to know you're good enough and another thing to show it.'' The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season - although they were 1-3 against the Red Wings - but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities.