Blog Entry

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: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:10 pm

give me a break

if that was interference then so was getzlafs hack on ozzie a couple of games ago. Give me a break it was a loose puck in front of the net and a mad scramble for the puck. In no way did clears interfere with hillers ability to save that shot. Wes im coming for your job.

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:05 pm

Detroit domination continues

How is Dan Cleary standing in the middle of the crease, and blocking Hillers lateral movement with his left skate not interference? It was interference, and it probably did cost Hiller a chance at stopping that shot.  I still think that Wings dominated this game and would have won anyways, but please, that was textbook interference!!   Wes G can be right some of the time you know (i'm well aware its a rarity though).

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 9:59 pm

Detroit domination continues

I agree the Wings didn't show up for game 2 & 3, they were playing some bad passing racking up the hits team.  A game the Wings aren't really known for they are a finesse team with hits that land them in possession of the puck.  I feel this series should be over right now but hey that is water under the bridge.  The Wings have been beaten by a single goal twice and won by one on the first game, which I mark up to the agressive hitting andthe extended rest.  But in Game two and three the Ducks out Red Wing'ed the Red Wings.  They were passing and winning the battles down low and won barely. But the Wings flipped the switch adn have since out done the Ducks Wings style.  Now even in game 5 the Ducks got some good scoreing opportunities but the shot total dosen't lie. You put the puck on goal and you will score. The Wings are now hitting stride and hve taken one at Anaheim and so that hurdle is over...  The Ducks will be playing desperation Hockey, if not they will be playing golf.

Interesting to note the Wings took game four after scoring second.  Usually the guys who score first take it... I do not know the stat but it is substantial. 

Anyway,  The Wings are going to take it to the Ducks and the Ducks had better do something or they are cooked, they have show they are capable yes but can they keep it up, the last two games have shown they cannot.  GO WINGS!!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2009 9:56 pm

Detroit domination continues

I don't think the missed call wound up being a huge deal.  It wasn't as if Helm's goal gave the Wings the lead.  It also was scored with only 3:08 left in the third period.  If the Ducks had scored a goal in the third after Helm's goal I think it would have been more controversial, but they didn't and in fact managed only 5 shots in the entire period.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 9:42 pm

Detroit domination continues

Well said Neilp and I'm a huge Red Wing fan.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2009 9:36 pm

Detroit domination continues

Wes you are so far wide of the mark with that comment. Yes, Dan Cleary was in the crease but he was making a valid attempt at getting to the puck on the first rebound and then he never interfered with Jonas Hiller on the Darren Helm shot anyway. The Ducks don't need a call to fire them up for game 6 if they lose they are done, that should be plenty of reason to get them going.

The real topic for discussion in this game should be the fabulous save Chris Osgood made when it was just 2-1 to the Red Wings, had the Ducks scored them who knows how things may have turned out.

For you to say the Ducks have never been in the series is completely wrong and offensive to the team and their fans, they led 2 games to one and scored the opening goal in game 4 and up to that stage had been in every game and could have been even better placed with some luck.

For the last 5 periods sure the Wings have overpowered the Ducks and are in a great situation but don't count this Ducks team out until its over, they may not be as skilled as the Red Wings but they know how to fight and maximise their chances and have aquitted themselves pretty damn well.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or