Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Pavel Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 remaining in the game gave the Red Wings the lead and the eventual 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Friday night, in Game 1 of their First-Round playoff series.

While Datsyuk’s goal decided the game, the contest was really all about the goaltending. Jimmy Howard saved all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout while Boston’s Tuukka Rask was nearly as good stopping 23 shots. Both teams also played well on defense, especially clearing out loose pucks from in front of their nets.

Detroit now has home-ice advantage and improves to 4-1 against the President’s Trophy winning Bruins this season.

“I’ll take home-ice advantage any time,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said, “But that doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road … which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this.”

Game 2 is Sunday in Boston. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3PM ET.

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Duke forward Rodney Hood announced Friday he will enter the NBA Draft.

The redshirt sophomore transferred from Mississippi State to Duke for the 2012-13 season but was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Hood played well last season averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in a release. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person.”

Hood becomes the second player in two days from Duke to declare for the draft. Freshman Jabari Parker announced he was going pro on Thursday.

“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke,” Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player, and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent, and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA.”

Hood is expected to be a first-round pick.

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Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: First Round – Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)

Detroit Red Wings 1 – Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-9) – Chicago Cubs 1 (4-11)

Atlanta Braves 6 (11-5) – New York Mets 0 (8-8)

Washington Nationals 3 (10-7) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (10-7)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (12-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-9)

Miami Marlins 8 (7-10) – Mariners 4 (7-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8) – Cleveland Indians 2 (7-9)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (8-7) – Boston Red Sox 4 (7-10)

Los Angeles Angels 11 (8-8) – Detroit Tigers 6 (7-6)

Texas Rangers 12 (10-7) – Chicago White Sox 0 (8-9)

Kansas City Royals 5 (8-7) – Minnesota Twins 0 (8-8)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (8-9) – New York Yankees 5 (10-7)

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Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: First Round – Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)

Detroit Red Wings 1 – Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-9) – Chicago Cubs 1 (4-11)

Atlanta Braves 6 (11-5) – New York Mets 0 (8-8)

Washington Nationals 3 (10-7) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (10-7)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (12-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-9)

Miami Marlins 8 (7-10) – Mariners 4 (7-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8) – Cleveland Indians 2 (7-9)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (8-7) – Boston Red Sox 4 (7-10)

Los Angeles Angels 11 (8-8) – Detroit Tigers 6 (7-6)

Texas Rangers 12 (10-7) – Chicago White Sox 0 (8-9)

Kansas City Royals 5 (8-7) – Minnesota Twins 0 (8-8)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (8-9) – New York Yankees 5 (10-7)

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Looking for something fun to do outdoors this holiday weekend? Head to a national park — for free!

The president has once again deemed all national parks free and open to the public this weekend in honor of National Parks Week.

In addition to free entrance, during National Parks week from April 19-27, visitors can partake in special events and programs, as well as National Junior Ranger Day on April 26.

According to National Park Services, 133 of the nation’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee, including Grand Canyon, Denali, Yellowstone, Shenandoah and the Statue of Liberty.

The U.S. National Park systems covers more than 84 million acres and includes every state.

In 2013, U.S. state parks saw more than 273 million visitors, with Golden Gate seeing the most visitors last year.

Other days you can grab free park entrance include: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day weekend, National Park Service Birthday on Aug. 25, Sept. 27 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

So get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. Or in the words of Obama: “I encourage all Americans to visit their National Parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.”

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Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is set to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at bat of the season and hasn’t played since.

During the past couple of days, Reyes has been on a rehab assignment in Florida, playing two games with Class A Advanced Dunedin.

Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons says the 2011 NL batting title winner will play in the team’s game versus the Indians Saturday.

“He’s going to be good to go,” Gibbons said. “He’s coming, he’s ready to go and he’ll be in there.”

The 30-year-old Reyes missed 66 games last season due to a sprained left ankle. During the 93 games he did play, Reyes hit .296 with 58 runs scored, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage.

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Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in exchange for reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.

The 27-year-old Davis was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2008 Amateur Draft. He started off his career with the Mets strong, hitting .264 with a .351 on-base percentage, 19 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2010. But an ankle injury ruined his 2011 season and Davis hasn’t been the same since.

“I really had a blast in New York,” Davis said. “I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now (I’ll) go help my team in Pittsburgh.”

Thornton, 25, has never played in a major league game. Before the trade, he was pitching for the Pirates’ Triple-A team in Indianapolis.

Thornton has thrown 7.1 innings this season compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and eight strikeouts. The Mets will send him to their Triple-A club in Las Vegas.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Naval Academy ended their season 9-4, a solid feat for any team, but their bigger accomplishment: taking home the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

And Friday, President Obama presented the team with the trophy for the second time in two years and 9th time in the past 11 years.

“This is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances,” Obama said.

“And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered. In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this,” he joked. “You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.”

The trophy represents the winner of the triangular series of military academies. Last fall Navy won the game against the Army 34-7 and Air force 28-10, securing the trophy Obama said “weighs about as much as I do.”

The game against the Air Force was in jeopardy last season as the government shutdown loomed. Obama commented that the Secretary of Defense “stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was.”

In addition to praising their on-the-field accomplishments the President commended their off-the-field dedication.

“What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing,” Obama said before outlining the players grueling schedules, that start with 6:00 am training followed by classes and practices, that doesn’t relent until 8 pm when players are free to study.

“It’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man,” he said. ”And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.”

Fourteen of the midshipman will be commissioned at the end of the school year as officers in the Navy, eight will become officers in the Marine Corp and one will become a Naval aviator officer.

The President also commented on the recent death of football player Will McKamey, the 19-year old freshman running back.

“Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken. I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him,” he said. “And that’s what camaraderie is all about: Honor. Courage. Commitment. That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong. And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Naval Academy ended their season 9-4, a solid feat for any team, but their bigger accomplishment: taking home the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

And Friday, President Obama presented the team with the trophy for the second time in two years and 9th time in the past 11 years.

“This is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances,” Obama said.

“And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered. In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this,” he joked. “You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.”

The trophy represents the winner of the triangular series of military academies. Last fall Navy won the game against the Army 34-7 and Air force 28-10, securing the trophy Obama said “weighs about as much as I do.”

The game against the Air Force was in jeopardy last season as the government shutdown loomed. Obama commented that the Secretary of Defense “stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was.”

In addition to praising their on-the-field accomplishments the President commended their off-the-field dedication.

“What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing,” Obama said before outlining the players grueling schedules, that start with 6:00 am training followed by classes and practices, that doesn’t relent until 8 pm when players are free to study.

“It’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man,” he said. ”And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.”

Fourteen of the midshipman will be commissioned at the end of the school year as officers in the Navy, eight will become officers in the Marine Corp and one will become a Naval aviator officer.

The President also commented on the recent death of football player Will McKamey, the 19-year old freshman running back.

“Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken. I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him,” he said. “And that’s what camaraderie is all about: Honor. Courage. Commitment. That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong. And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.”

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Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Kelly was injured while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, the team optioned righty reliever Keith Butler Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon. Both could make their MLB debuts during this weekend’s series against the Washington Nationals.

In three starts for the Cardinals this season, Kelly is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA. He came into spring training unsure of what his role would be this season, but he eventually beat out Carlos Martinez for the team’s fifth starter spot.

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