The Detroit Red Wings do a lot of things right, but one aspect of the game they’re not known for is their physical play. The Red Wings ranked 26th in the league in hits during the regular season and Boston wants to use that to its advantage.
Even if it leads to the occasional penalty, as it did late in the first period when Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was charged for boarding Brendan Smith, playing aggressively against Detroit might prove to be the key to winning the series.
You can watch that hit and more analysis on the subject below:
Midway through the second period in Game 1, Detroit and Boston remain scoreless and the two squads are about even in shots on goal. However, Boston has a 22-15 edge in hits.