Abel to Yzerman
Still trying to figure out what Little Gary’s logic is in employing a three-day layoff between Games 4 and 5. I guess the idea of shafting Canada by denying them their HNIC Saturday fix was just too tempting to resist. A conference final doubleheader? Ottawa/Buffalo at 5 followed by Wings/Poultry at 8? Six consecutive stress-filled hours? Nah. Split it up and stick the Sens and Sabres with a 2pm Saturday start, then Detroit and the duckies with a Sunday afternoon game all of America will opt out of in favor of edging and spreading mulch.
And not just one of them. Several. Start with the absence of Sasquatch and a depleted blue line that couldn’t even pretend to put up any form of resistance from ten minutes onward in the third.
Then move to two 5-3’s that netted nothing.
And continue that thought when you consider what a 3-1 lead would have meant to the Wings, with 11 straight potential series clinching victories to their credit.
And we move to another pivotal Game 5 in Hockeytown. Good news? Yep.
Detroit has outscored their last two opponents (both “favorites”) 9-2 in Game 5’s.
Updated 2225 EST with your hard to believe stat of the night. Bertuzzi's goal was his third this playoff...his career high. He also equaled, with that goal, his career high in points(6).
Courtesy of the guys at WDFN, here’s your weekly adventure with Chris Chelios. Today…Sasquatch and what he’s got coming to him somewhere down the road, the brilliance of Nick Lidstrom and the necessity for the league to address hits to the head over the summer.
Heading out to dinner as part of a “team building” endeavor. Love that stuff. Since I won’t be around for the next two hours or so, I’m declaring the Stress Train officially open for business.
Another long day. I’m officially declaring the Stress Train off limits until, oh, let’s go with 2045. This should be a day of anticipation, not dread. Think optimistically and how positive a 3-1 lead in Detroit would be for you and your families.
Am I “predicting” victory tonite? Well, I’m not coming right out and saying it because we’ve all seen situations where teams lose their best players and rally around his absence. So, no, I’m not guaranteeing a Wing victory. I’m sticking with the same prediction I’ve had for this and every series so far: Detroit in 6.
I do, however, have a fun little game for us to pass the time. As entertaining as “Name That Idiot”? Maybe not. But still nifty.
Mine? I’ve already given you that. I’m now officially on record as stating I’d hoped he wouldn’t be suspended because I believe that in his imbalanced state of mind he’s of more benefit to the Wings on the ice (and in the box) then in street clothes. But, I wasn’t listened to…again. So, I’ll just say this: it was a dirty hit by a dirty player. I didn’t expect a suspension because I didn’t think the league would have the guts to dole one out to a marquee player. They did and here’s hoping the Wings take advantage of it.
Plenty more reaction from the bloggers, so let’s get to it.
Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger has been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League. Pronger received the suspension after Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom was drilled into the boards Tuesday night in the Red Wings' 5-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Holmstrom was cut after getting hit into the glass by Pronger and Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer on the play in question.
Jacques Demers may want to forward the text of his most recent article to the producers of Hockey Night In Canada, not that they have a shred of influence over what Don Cherry spews when the mic is open. But it’s worth a shot.
Holmstrom gets hit. His face is full of blood, but he gets up, gets 13 stitches, returns to the game and gets an assist on the fifth goal. That is the best thing that could ever happen to the Red Wings. If Holmstrom can pay the price and come back, that tells you a little something about the mindset of the Red Wings. It was an unbelievable mark of courage and his teammates will follow suit. Anyone who says that European players aren’t tough and will back down ought to watch Holmstrom play hockey.
Phil Esposito, blogging for the National Post, writes today that the same vets who many had written off as too old are leading the charge.
You can’t believe how much the Detroit Red Wings have impressed me this playoff series. Come on, they’ve impressed you too, haven’t they?
It’s veteran leadership from the coach and GM all the way down to the goaltending, where even the back-up is a Stanley Cup champion. Why did we forget all of that? With 10 players with over 100 games of playoff experience, you can look at it two ways: They know what they’re doing, or they’re too old to do what they want to do. Obviously, it’s the first of the two options that is paying off.
Ok, ok. No, he didn’t say that. But, if you read between the lines he’s kind of saying it. Ok…not even that. But Scott Burnside is at least giving credit where it’s due.
With Game 4 set for Thursday evening in Anaheim, the Red Wings suddenly have emerged as a team not solely reliant on special teams for success, as a team capable of adjusting and turning flaws into success. Such a dramatic turn of affairs was the direct result of Babcock’s bold lineup moves.
“We knew we were going to do that before the series started. We’ve kind of been prepared for that all playoff. If what we were doing wasn’t going to work, we were prepared, kind of scripted what we thought would work,” Babcock said.
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