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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

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 10:50 am

Better get used to it

The Wings will have players that will retire in the next few years (Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby), but they got lots of talent in the minors that would already be playing for most teams.  Helm has been very noticeable in every game this playoff year and was very good in their cup run last year, but he can't crack the lineup coming out of training camp???  Same with Ericsson.  Just played the last 15-20 games of the season.  A rookie at 26 years old, but could have been playing for somebody the last two seasons.  Leino, Abdelcater, and Kindl to follow.  The Wings may have some players that are getting up there in age, but already have their replacements waiting in the wings.  While Lidstrom is irreplaceable, Ericsson will definitely be a top two defenseman and his offensive skills will be a lot better with time.  Abdelcater and Helm will replace Maltby and Draper.  Leino has potential to score in the 20-30 goal range and from what I have heard, Kindl could be another star.  Leino or Kindl will be moved in if they lose Hudler or Samuelson this year.  Hossa will be back.  They will fit him in with a long term deal.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 8:52 am

Detroit domination continues

Wow, delmarjc, where to begin with that? You say that the NHL changes the rules for the Red Wings? Please provide me with a specific example. The Ducks having to start the next season in Europe had nothing to do with the Red Wings; the schedule was set before the playoffs again. For example, we already know that the Red Wings are going to start the season next year in Europe (Sweden, specifically). No whining here from Wings' fans. Wings given a "special exemption"? Wow. And Mike Brown was not "suspended" for the final 50 minutes of Game 1; he got a game misconduct for interference. But that was all, and he did not miss any more time. I agree that Holmstrom should have gotten an elbowing penalty, but that was the reason why Wisnewski got hurt; he was hurt from being hit in the chest with the puck. And don't go off about how "classy" (the most overused word in sports) the Ducks were; Wisnewski called the hit "gutless". Pronger was suspended 2 years ago because he's got a history and intentionally went after Holmstrom's head with his elbow. And thank you for letting us all know that all Ducks fans are perfect little angels: I'm sure no Ducks fan has ever used foul language towards a fan from another team or had a few too many drinks. Every team has some idiot fans, but don't lump an entire fan base together. Now, get yourself some tissues to dry your tears and get ready for Game 6.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 8:41 am

Detroit domination continues

5Footparputt, you sir are a complete wackjob.  the guy wrote a sports article, and you act like he shit in your cheerios.  i think your the one who needs to get a life.  so please get some medicinal weed and chill the f*&k out.  wow, what a tosser

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 8:03 am

Detroit domination continues

So, for the longest time following hockey, and the Red Wings (for about 18 years now), I could have sworn the biggest crybaby fans in the league were Stars fans.  Then, for a while, Avalanche fans took the crown.....but now, hands down, it has to be the fans of the Ducks.  Red Wings do not get on making excuses and throwing out moronic argiments because we don't need to.  First, our team wins.  That simple.  Secondly, Red Wings fans actually, oh I don't know, know even a little about hockey.  The same cannot be said for incompetent fools like bertrando, or whatever the hell his name is.  Chances are this idiot is some 15-year old kid, and this was his first time ever to go watch hockey, and his team got abused.  He is most likely parroting the BS he heard his dad moaning and crying about on the way home.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 7:22 am

Detroit domination continues

bertrando all you do is come on posts about the Wings and try to start sh*t, why dont you grow up man your arguments are weak and stale (interference) cmon that wouldnt have made a difference in the outcome besides the calls can go both ways. The Wings won and its killing you that the team you despise is one game away from the conference finals, I'm sure we'll hear a lot from your big mouth until the last game of this years playoffs because the Wings will still be there and you'll still be crying

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 3:47 am

Detroit domination continues

For a series that had close games & close scores, in the end, it wasn't all that close of a matchup. Think about it this way: If Detroit scores the 3 OT winner, and doesn't get burned by the quick whistle, this series could very well have been a sweep. When the Wings played their best hockey, like the last 2 games, the Ducks didn't even belong in the same rink. Even when the Wings played sloppy and could barely excecute for the first 40 mins, they still managed to either win the game or get it to OT, (or get screwed) with only 20 solid minutes, like games 1,2 & 3. I believe that's what Goldstein means when he says that the Ducks "were never in the series". This series is not over yet, as the 4th win is always the hardest, but the Wings appear to have found that extra gear that Anaheim doesn't seem to be able to dial up....

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 3:01 am

Detroit domination continues

No excuses the Red Wings brought their A game and this Ducks fans gives them mad props.  Hopefully we'll play in Detroit again.  GO DUCKS!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:58 am

Detroit domination continues

Next time he should just climb inside the goal and take Hiller with him! Nothing Detroit does is a penalty or misconduct. This series changed dramatically in game 3 when Wisniewski got hit with the puck, and Holstrom, who up to that point was being bitch slapped period by period by Wisniewski, took the cheap shot on the unprotected player. I guess he learned from Pronger 2-years ago? The rulebook constantly changes when the redwings are involved. Back in 2007 the ducks were forced by the NHL to cut short their summer  and play in Europe to start the season. The redwings were given a special exemption so they could go after another title this year. I used to respect Detroit, but after the whining/lobbying officials to get Brown, a key defensive man, suspended for the final 50 minutes of game one, and then your coach calling for him to be suspended additional games. Your coach absolutely knows that Browns hit wasn't dirty. He also knows that Holstroms was dirty, premeditated, and with his elbow. Lets see, the ducks were penalized for Browns hit by being given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct, while Holstrom wasn't penalized and the ducks were? It seems as if Detroit and it's fans get to tell Toronto how to call things? Notice how classy the ducks were not to whine and complain about Holstroms cheap shot, while Detroit and it's fans showed how classless they truly are by going berzerk about Brown's hit and demanding all sorts of punishment for him. Then, after Hostroms classless act, hockeytown did a complete 360 degree turn and said that Holstrom didn't mean to do it, he's not responsible for his elbow, and shouldn't be punished. The rule in hockey, at least until the redwings get it changed to benefit them, is that every player is responsible for their elbows and their stick. If you hit someone with either, it is understood that you will be going to the sin bin!  Pronger was suspended for a full game when he hit Holstrom 2 years ago. I went to game 4 on Thursday and it was full of drunkin Wings fans shouting foul language and questioning why ducks fans would bring their kids to a hockey game? The ducks actually make it a family friendly environment, and we rarely hear people use foul language and display their lack of being able to handle their alcohol. The redwings may win this series, but they better be careful about how they act, ex: Kopecky's unwise decision to fight Beauchemin and have his face smashed in. I'll leave you with Dean Wormers line from Animal House: "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son."

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:40 am

Detroit domination continues

The missed call on the Helm goal was something that didn't matter much.  If Christansen had actually put his shot in the net when he had the chance about 30 seconds earlier (it might have been a little longer back) then the score would have been 2-2 and it is a different story.  Every game is a story of if's and the Ducks played well but in the end missed their chances and didn't capitalize like Detroit did when they had their chances.  Tough break for the Ducks and it could cost them in game 6. 

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:24 am

Detroit domination continues

You are right...he is an idiot.

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