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Detroit was due

Posted on: May 8, 2009 2:33 am

So Jonas Hiller is human after all.

The Detroit Red Wings had to be wondering after scoring only seven times on 143 shots in the first three games, but the NHL's best offense finally got to the Ducks goalie in a big way tonight and regained the momentum in this very tight series. And all it took was a scary start to trigger it for the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Coming in with two wins in the first three games, the Ducks appeared on their way to taking a stranglehold in the series when they jumped ahead less than a minute in. It could have been crushing to a less experienced and more fragile team, but the early deficit seemed to refocus the Wings, who found their legs and eventually chased Hiller with five goals on 28 shots.

"Our first period was our worst in a long time, yet we came out with a 2-1 lead and then we got skating," said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. "It's like I've been saying, if we keep doing the things we've going, things will start happening."

Babcock did  make a couple of changes to help things along, none more important than putting center Valterri Filppula in between wingers Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen. The line responded with four goals, including Hossa's first two of the series. Still the Red Wings won this game because they got back to basics, creating the kind of traffic in front that made Hiller look vulnerable for the first time in this series. dominating in the faceoff circle and forcing turnovers.

"They played well but we just weren't good enough as a team," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

And Hiller wasn't good enough tonight to overcome that. 
Category: NHL
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2009 2:54 pm
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Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:38 pm

Detroit was due

I'll tell you what really made the differnce.  Detroit finally put some pressure on the Ducks.  The first three games Detroit played a trap with no forechecking at all.  This made Detroit lay back and not force the play, which is their strength.  Those games were close.  In the 4th game Detroit changed up the lines and forced the Ducks to play their game, which worked much better.  The Wings looked great last night, unlike the three other games.

I think Bab's figured that you can't always stragegize around the other team's strength.  Some times you have to fight fire with fire and go right at them.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:29 pm

Detroit was due

All in all it was a good game for the Wings, the new line was great and showed who is the better team. The only things that concerned me was the turnovers in the zone and 2 of those goals that Ozzie let in were pretty soft. Im the biggest Ozzie fan out there so Im not dowing him, he's def the 2nd best goalie in Wings history. I just think the D needs to take the Ducks off the puck a little more and cut down the turnovers, Wings in 6.

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 10:57 am

Detroit was due

I agree, it seems to me everyone forgets that the wings forced a stellar goalie to get pulled a couple of times in th erecent past.  But that being said they did not play their game the first three.  They played the body and were dropping hits left and right, I don't remmeber a Wings team that was really known for physical play, agressive yes but not as a bruiser team.  The Ducks looked more like the Wings in the second and third games than the Wings.  But in Game 4 the Wings played like the Wings and the Ducks tried and had some great chances adn good goals but the Wings ran over them.  The lack of Defense is hurting the Wings but they are doing well without  and and  is learning incredibly fast from Lidstrom. But expect to see more line shuffling.  That is Wings hockey anyone remember Sotty?  he chnaged lings like everyother shift some times... Wings in 6... LETS GO WINGS!!!!!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 10:24 am

Detroit was due

Jonas Hiller was very poor last night and let in three soft goals. It seems every year a goal tender has a solid series against the Red Wings and are subsequently hailed as stellar goalies.

Most of the shots the Red Wings have had on Hiller have been long range, nobody in front of him type of saves. Last night for the first time he was under pressure and he failed to handle that pressure. He will clearly have that on his mind when he starts the next game knowing that at a moments notice J.S. Giguere could be in to replace him and that has to play into the Red Wings favor.

The Wings played a totally different game last night and Babcock's line shuffle paid big dividends, now the pressure is on the Ducks to respond. That said this series is far from over the Red Wings need to play their game and let the Ducks worry about then rather than be overly concerned with matching up the Ducks lines. The Wings are four lines deep, be confident that on any given night one of those lines will get the job done.

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