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Shifting gears

Posted on: May 17, 2009 8:13 pm

With his team coming up with a big series opening win against Chicago, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was able to find some humor in the fact Detroit allowed a power play goal for the 10th consecutive game.

"We had to keep the streak alive," he said before getting serious again and pointing out what he described as the more critical part of the episode.

The follow up.

"We just bounced back and kept playing because the next shift is the most important one," Babcock said. "You just got to keep on whether they scored or you scored because Chicago is a momentum team and they score in bunches.  So your next shift is going to be huge."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed.

"Every shift is critical and vital to sustaining our team game," he said. "We lost a lot of our momentum losing pucks in the middle of the ice because we took some shifts off and that hurt us."

The problem, according to Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, is that it is becoming a habit.

"For whatever reason in these playoffs, I don't think we've played great shifts after we scored a goal and you can't do that," he said. "We need to get rid of pucks quicker and make quicker plays and understand that Detroit is not going to hand it to us.

"Look at their (Game 7). Anaheim tied it and they found a way to win. Everybody here watched that, so we should know."

Category: NHL
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