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Detroit domination continues

Posted on: May 10, 2009 8:56 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2009 8:58 pm
 

Maybe the Anaheim Ducks will be able to make this work for them the way Detroit did earlier in the series. The call, that is. The one the ref blew late in the third period on Darren Helm's goal that put the game away for the Red Wings.

It wasn't quite as crucial as the quick whistle that cost Detroit a tying goal late in Game 3 because the Ducks really had no business being in a position to draw even at that point. But they were, down only 2-1 despite being massively outplayed once again, and getting jobbed by referee Dan O'Halloran's failure to call Dan Cleary for goalie interference might be something the Ducks can use to get over this debacle and spark the kind of game necessary to stave off elimination at home Tuesday.

After all what else is there for a team that has now been outshot 223-138 in this series and outscored 10-4 in the last two games? Besides, the Red Wings bounced back from "getting screwed" as coach Mike Babcock so delicately put it with a fire-breathing effort to win Game 4, so at least there is an example to follow.

The difference though is that Detroit is on a mission to defend its Stanley Cup and more important, the Red Wings are a better team, one that is more skilled, deeper and now has its best players playing like its best players. That was apparent again today as Detroit came up with a 4-1 win that gave it a 3-2 series lead. And it could have been worse for the Ducks had it not been for goalie Jonas Hiller.

Hiller has been nothing short of brilliant throughout these playoffs, although he was potentially vulnerable coming off his only bad game in his first post season. But if there were any doubts about him, they ended in the opening period when Hiller kept the game scoreless while his team spent most of the time in its own end and was outshot 14-3.

The Red Wings continued the domination in the second period and finally broke the levees when Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler took advantage of defensive breakdowns by the Ducks to score 37 seconds apart in the first five minutes. Hiller made a couple of big saves in the aftermath to prevent what could have turned into a blowout and Anaheim did give itself a chance to get back when Ryan Whitney scored on a power play late in the period.

But it was a false hope and it was gone long before Helm scored and Henrik Zetterberg finished things off with an empty netter. The Ducks were never really in this game, and some might say they've never been in this series. 

Category: NHL
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Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2009 9:25 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

boo-hoo


itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 9:55 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 10:57 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

bertrando and itsjustme where you guys at you were both obviously calling me an "idiot wings fan" and the detroit faithful and REAL HOCKEY FANS have proved you wrong. I was right and you are both morons. Im waiting for one of your responses NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE RULE. GO WINGS!



itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 10:09 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 9:13 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

I know one thing, this guy (itsjustme) that wrote this is a lunatic. What do you know about anything? How can you compare Baseball to Hockey when there is no cap in one and one in the other. Get real, man. The Wings are the class of the NHL. Deal with it!!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 9:08 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

You better believe it! Don't ever count the Ducks out. The Wings are the better team, but they still have to win 4 games, and the Ducks are so resilient.

GO WINGS!!



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 7:12 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

For everyone who says that was interference on Cleary I ask this question: At the end of game 1, with Detroit leading by a goal, there were two huge pileups inside of the Detroit net. Not just in the crease but inside the net. Why wasnt interference called there? If Anaheim had managed to push the puck into the net would the goal have counted?

When the puck is already inside the crease, unless its a clear intent to cause the goaltender pain, offensive players may enter the crease. It might not be in the rulebook but thats how its been played for the 40+ years Ive watched hockey. It happens every night, in just about every game. Go cry somewhere else please.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 7:11 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

Bertando-  Please watch the replay of Helm's goal again and maybe you'll understand it better, back up the play a bit....Originally only Zettterberg had his skates in the top of the paint when a Red Wing player shot the puck from outside the crease, which Hiller saved. The puck stayed in the crease when Zetterberg tried to backhand the rebound past Hiller, who made a right pad save on the shot. At the same time Cleary came into the crease reaching for the rebound but it came out to Helm who shot it past Hiller before Cleary could remove himself from the crease (the Brett Hull rule no longer exists) therfore, no interference.  You're obviously a "Hawks fan:  and as such, should remember the blantant goaltender interfence on Havlat's OT goal against Kipper in Game 1.  I may be confused but since when does a butterfly goaltender play a shot from the high slot while lying on his side?  Maybe because he was knocked over by the 'Hawk player crashing the crease w/o the puck...hmmm?




Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 6:29 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

That would be 18 straight years the wings have been in the playoff's and yes it is the longest currently in sports and yes they will win the cup again and yes they are the best at drafting young talent in sports.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 6:27 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

My feathered friends, relax. Yes it may have been interference. So what, the reason Detroit is winning this series and will repeat for the cup is this. Detroit has the best team. This isn't rocket science, look at the shots on net 223-138. Hillar has been spectacular, give him a contract extention. The Ducks stars look tired and ready for golf season, Detroit has worn Getzlaf and Perry down. Detroit has more depth, talent and tenacity. So relax and enjoy the one game thats left. 


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