Datsyuk reaches back to push Wings forward in Game One of series against Bruins

Pavel Datsyuk (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

With four minutes remaining in Game One of Boston’s first-round playoff series against Detroit, neither team had scored. Then Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk put on a one-man clinic to score a dazzling goal – and the only one in a 1-0 win over the Bruins.

Datsyuk began the play by reaching back at his own blueline and corraling the puck in traffic; he then moved quickly up the ice and across Boston’s blueline before beating goalie Tuukka Rask with a perfectly placed wrist shot at the 16:59 mark of the third period.

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard gave his team a chance to win by making 24 saves in the eventual shutout, but Datsyuk showed why he’s so valuable and commands such respect among players around the league: the guy does things just about nobody else can do, and does them in an eye’s blink. And in large part because of him, the Red Wings just took away home ice advantage from the NHL’s best regular-season team.