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On the Detroit series
I didn’t expect to have meetings with players at this moment. But we got beat. We got schooled. We got schooled by a very good playoff team and they schooled us from top to bottom, and it’s something we have to deal with here going forward. We got beat.
On losing Toni Lydman to injury
Losing Toni Lydman in this series really hurt more than you guys will ever know. He could play against two great players. He knew how to play against Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That was a big blow to us. They beat us. We have to get better.
On what changes need to be made
As I’m standing here today, I’m telling you it won’t be the same team next year. We made a lot of good steps, we’ve got a lot of good kids, but it will not be the same next year. I promise you that. It’s not good enough. It’s not good enough.
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"We felt we had a good thing going. I think everybody thought we were going to go a long way, but it seemed like we didn't find that extra step for the playoffs. Detroit was just a little better than us. It's depressing. It makes you feel sad."
-Jonas Hiller, goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks after losing 3-2 to Detroit last night. More on the game from the CP at TSN.
I had to check it was Babcock behind the bench at the start of the game and not Bowman.
A marvelous decision by Babcock to switch up the lines which caught the Ducks off guard and they are probably still scratching their heads.
Game 7 will be in Anaheim on Sunday with a 10:00pm ET start.
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Make sure to visit The Malik Report for a recap of game 6.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
A dressing room is not the way they portray it in the movies.
When you are Ryan Getzlaf, one of the great captains in our game today, it’s not about the Knute Rockne speeches, or challenging every player who brings less than his best.
“I’d rather calm people down that try and get them up,” he said Wednesday, after being the best player on the ice in a 3-2 Anaheim Ducks overtime win.
The Detroit Red Wings had owned the second period, and taken a 2-1 lead in Game 5 here at the Honda Center. Then Anaheim received a five-minute power play when Daniel Winnik cranked Dan Cleary into the boards.
In a 2-2 series, this was a moment.
First, Slava Voynov's OT goal puts the Kings up 3-2 in their series with the Blues.
Below, Nick Bonino did the same thing for the Ducks, giving them a 3-2 lead in their series with Detroit.
I don’t want to take anything away from Pavel Datsyuk’s equalizer late in the third because it was a beauty — he got half a step on Sbisa racing down the left wing before sizzling a wrister that beat Hiller high on the short side. But honestly, that’s a goal the Anaheim goalie can’t allow. He played it way too conservatively, staying deep in his crease and waiting to react to a pass that never came. If Hiller skates out a foot or so, he cuts down the angle and probably takes that hole away. Instead, his caution let it get to overtime. It was Hiller’s only mistake on the night, and it likely cost Anaheim the game.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the game.
If you missed the Datsyuk goal or want to see it again, you can watch it below...
NEW YORK (May 6, 2013) – The 2012 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season NHL® game outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Even as Detroit opened a three-goal lead, Boudreau and the Ducks kept pushing.
“They were always talking about, Get one and we can get two,” Boudreau said. “Get one and we can get two.”
By the time Bobby Ryan tied the game late in the third period, it felt like an inevitability. The push from the Ducks got stronger and stronger as the game went on as Detroit mistakenly tried to sit on a lead against one of the biggest offensive powerhouses in the playoffs.
“They just kept coming at us, coming at us. In the playoffs, you can’t really take your foot off the gas,” Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. “That includes all of us.”
But Detroit hung on in this one, and the 5-4 overtime win taught us something about each one of these teams. First there’s no lead safe against the relentless Ducks. And the young, skilled Red Wings still have enough veteran presence to regroup while learning on the fly in the playoffs.
It sets up the making of what could end up being an incredible series.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
He laughs when asked if he ever played for Sweden in the world junior when he was a teenager.
“No, I was not that good,” he said.
When asked if Henrik Lundqvist was a role model, he says yes, of course, but “We are the same age. When he started in the NHL, I think I was in the third division in Sweden. Seems like a long way here for me.
“Yeah, of course, I thought of quitting but I love hockey.”
Fasth is the poster boy for late-bloomers. He’s also under-sized by NHL standards at six feet and 192 pounds, when there’s an army of guys six-foot-four and up.
He’s also as good as Jonas Hiller, the Ducks’ long-time No. 1 goalie. Hiller, who may be more acrobatic, could start in the playoffs, but he might have a short leash. Fasth, who is very technical, is that good.
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