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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
Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 5:23 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

Cry me a river Bertando!  Your lucky your team is still even in this series with the terrible call that was made against the Wings in the final minute of Game 3 that should have allowed us the chance to go into overtime.  The Wings dominated that game as well from the second period on and should have had the chance to play longer and come out with the win after the ref's took away Hoss'a goal.  What it all boils down to is that referees do not always make the right calls on the ice but what your yapping about is absurd if you want to compare calls.  Your team picked up a win that game that they didn't deserve and the call that you are so upset about would not have changed the game yesterday.  The Ducks are going to go down so just deal with it, maybe try a Midol pill.



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 4:20 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

Snap son wheres that doosche saying i dont know anything about hockey now? Im pretty sure that clearly states i am correct and you sir are a moron. Detroits got my back son dont mess with wings fans.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 3:51 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

This is about the only thing that anyone has said that really matters. The Red Wings are dominating this series as they did the first, with the only difference being Anaheim has managed to take two games, but anyone who is paying attention can clearly see that the Red Wings are a better team than Anaheim and they deserve to win. After that quick whistle in game 3 cost the Wings the tying goal in the dying minutes they have shown resiliency and the maturity of a team that knows what it takes to win a playoff series. They could have shut it down and blamed the refs for blowing it for them but instead they came back in game 4 and dominated Anaheim. Coming back to Detroit you had to know the momentum of the series had clearly shifted in their favour and they once again triumphed after Chris Osgood made a sprawling save on Ryan Getzlaf to preserve the 2-1 lead at the time. This group of players is committed to winning and that is why they are such a dominant team. I only hope that the teams in the Eastern Conference don't beat up on each other too much because when the Red Wings play the last team standing from that side, I would like to see an entertaining series, not just Detroit taking winning in 4 or 5 games.



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 2:57 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

Here is what the NHL rulebook states on goaltender interference:

69.6 Rebounds and Loose Pucks - In a rebound situation, or where a goalkeeper and attacking player(s) are simultaneously attempting to play a loose puck, whether inside or outside the crease, incidental contact with the goalkeeper will be permitted, and any goal that is scored as a result thereof will be allowed.

The call made by the official was the correct call, as the contact by Cleary was incidental.



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 2:34 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

sounds like a bitter tirade to me delmarjc.  All fan bases have their bad apples (ducks fans included).  I am a wings fan and go to the games.  I am not, however, "fat, drunk, nor stupid...." OK maybe just the fat part....



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 2:29 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

In reply to delmarjc and his comment about Kopecky,let's look at the bigger picture. . . a 4th line forward fights one of the Ducks top 4 defenseman.  They both end up in the box for 5 min.  Who got the short end of that deal?  Yeah, Kopecky lost the fight, but the Wings won the game.  The tired Ducks hit the golf course on Wed morning.  I can't believe some of the things you wrote.  I don't think you like the Ducks, I think you like hating the Wings.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 2:22 pm
 

Detroit domination continues

Hiller lobbied for a call and didn't get it.  Watch the replay again. . . Hiller doesn't even raise his glove until AFTER the puck hit the back of the net.  He had no idea where it was and resorted to complaining to the official.  On NHL Network, Kevin Weekes and others said it was interference.  I disagree.  Cleary did not impede Hiller's ability to make a play.  Hiller simply made no play.  GOAL HELM!

GO WINGS!  End it in 6.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 11:51 am
 

Detroit domination continues

YOU GOTTAB BE AN IMBECILE TO CALL WINGS FANS IDIOTS< ALL WE DO IS SUPPORT ARGUABLY THE MOST EFFICIENT FRANCHISE IN ALL OF SPORTS.  YOU CAN CRY INTERFERENCE ALL YOU WANT AND EVEN IF YOUR RIGHT NOW WE ARE EVEN FOR THE EARLY WHISTLE, YOUR TEAM HAS BEEN OUT SHOT EVERY GAME IN THE PLAYOFFS AND WAS THOUROUGHLY OUTPLAYED ALL GAME YEASTERDAY AND YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED A LOSS. GET OVER IT THE BEST TEAM WON!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 11:36 am
 

Detroit domination continues

its just me that was priceless


itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 11:11 am
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