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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: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:22 am

Detroit domination continues


Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:16 am

Detroit domination continues

It is impossible to argue with an East Coast honk like Goldstein.  He has his East coast biased blinder on and he will never take them off.  The "writers" on CBS are some of the worst I have ever had to read.  Usually, they are uninformed and truly biased in their opinions.  It is obvious when the idiot says they were never really in the series.  Really, Wes?  Or should I call you Less?  Up 2-1 was never really in the series?  Are you stupid or just blind?  I am hoping you are blind because if you say a team that was up 2-1 was never in the series and actually WATCHED the games than I would have to call you stupid, by default.  Maybe your East Coast bias is so thick that you cannot see through those blinding glasses.  Or maybe you grew up a Red Wings fan and you cannot be objective.  If that is the case, stop boring those of us that actually watch the games.  You are nothing more than an East Coast honk.  Maybe you should stick to Twitter, where you won't have to be held accountable for the crap you type.  You are a hack!

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 12:09 am

Detroit domination continues

I thought that goal should have been called back as well, and I thought they would have at least reviewed it, but oh well, what's done is done and I now consider the series even. Yeah whatever the Wings got screwed in Anaheim on two atrocious calls and this one went the other way, now both fans can say the reffing sucked and just get over to the hockey aspect of it.

I have loved this series, it has been so entertaining. The Ducks are a tough organization and the majority of the games have been incredibly tightly contested. I have to admit, I'd love for a rivalry to form between these two teams, because I think this has the potential to form a lesser Red Wings vs Avalanche rivalry. The fans in Anaheim aren't as passionate (see: puck crazy) as the fans in Denver, but there are great playmakers on both sides of the puck (Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf/Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg) and the players that both sides love to hate (Both Niedermeyers, Chris Pronger/Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson). Both teams are recent Cup winners and have faced each other a lot in the playoffs. They also play opposing styles of games, and if there really was a team that was built to beat a team like the Wings, it would be the Ducks, who clog the passing lanes and make things crazy for finesse teams like Detroit.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2009 11:31 pm

Detroit domination continues


I think the rule states that if the puck goes into the crease, the attacking player may then go into the crease.  The puck went into the crease on the original shot.  Besides, Cleary's skate was the only thing preventing any movement by Hiller.  The shot was not in Hiller's skates, it was glove height.  Don't hate us Red Wings fans, it's a game dude. 

This has been a great series, as should be expected from the last two Cup champs!

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 11:01 pm

Detroit domination continues

Simply put...the wings are a top-notch organization..they have amazing  scouts and a great GM who always fills any holes that are needed...He doesn't stand pat at trade deadline time and hope he has enough pieces to win,he makes sure he gets the best player out there! Marian Hossa is one player they (bought)- he knew that he had a better chance to win in detroit and so he signed for less money to do so and I am sure he gives thanks every day that he did !!!

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:47 pm

Detroit domination continues

All I hear is a lot of crying from Ducks fans and before that Blue jackets fans.  When you live in a city that actually has ice, Aneheim fans, then you can lecture Detroit fans about hockey rules.  Cry

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:44 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:38 pm

Detroit domination continues

Learn how to spell jetslover......and get a new team while you're at it.

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:25 pm

Detroit domination continues

Red Wings fans loseing touch with reality.

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:23 pm

Detroit domination continues

Read up on your hockey rules idiot Red Wing fans!  And dont come back with, oh if thats interference, then this should have been interference too.  Thats a bs argument.

The point is, if you are standing in the MIDDLE OF THE CREASE, and make contact with the goalie or prevent him from moving, then that is considered interference and a penalty should be given out to that player.  You can go into the crease ONLY if the puck is in there!!   From what I saw, the puck was never in the crease, it was in fact in the slot during the scramble, and somehow Cleary got away with interference, because he was in the MIDDLE OF THE BLUE CREASE and he prevented Hiller from moving to his right with his left skate planted in the blue restricted area.  All this being said, I dont think it would have mattered anyways, but it just frustrates  me and makes me hate Red Wing fans even more when you choose to be blind and unobjective to things that happen in your games.

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