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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
The Hawks could not beat a Detroit team that again played without Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and MVP candidate Pavel Datsyuk.
The Hawks, of course, were missing No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and sniper Martin Havlat, who led the team in scoring in the regular season and playoffs. But injuries happen in the playoffs. Tough noogies. Play through it. Depth matters. Guys like Darren Helm score series winners.
The Hawks also were missing experience. Oh, they looked experienced for most of the spring. They displayed character beyond. But the Wings had more. The Wings had more of everything.
So, we have a barometer on these young, dynamic Hawks. They are ready to play with the best in the NHL. They just are not ready to beat them.
added 11:11pm, The post game press conference is over, but they may loop the video overnight, so you can watch that after the jump.
I have also added the great penalty-kill by Helm below…
Now, the first video is game highlights via Versus.
Darren Helm with the OT, series clinching game winner.
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Joel Quenneville just announced that neither goalie Nikolai Khabibulin nor forward Martin Havlat will play in tonight’s Game 5 against Detroit. Khabibulin skated today, but isn’t ready to play. He left Game 3 after the second period and hasn’t played since.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
from Chris Kuc of hte Chicago Tribune,
“The biggest thing is knowing in the first four games we’ve yet to play a good game,” forward Adam Burish said. “If we win a game here, things can turn. The fact it’s an elimination game and that there’s no more pressure because nobody’s giving us a chance anymore, that may give us a little bit of a lift.
“Everybody’s aware they’ve kind of written us off. You saw the way [the Wings] skated around during the end of [Game 4], kind of laughing at us and joking around. You saw the fans leaving early. It’s like, here’s a chance for us to prove some people wrong and try to climb back into this.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Troy Brouwer has a very good idea of the player he’d like to become.
In the last four games, the Chicago Blackhawks right winger has had a first-hand view.
It’s Johan Franzen, Detroit’s scoring machine.
“He’s a big power-forward who gets in the corners, grinds it out, has the scoring abilities and is one of the go-to guys,” Brouwer said. “That’s what I’m going for. I’ve got the big part. Now, I just need the scoring part. Hopefully, within the next season or two, I can find my scoring touch again.”
Q. Will Marty and Nik be game-day decisions?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: They’re day-to-day. They’re both coming on the trip. We’ll get a better assessment tomorrow’s skate.
Q. How do you personally approach this game tomorrow night? We’ve heard the players say you can only win one game at a time. After what happened Sunday, how do you approach it?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think our focus is that we have to play our best game going forward. There are some areas as we progress in the series where we’ve had good stretches against them.
But at the start of the series, we’re talking about we have to play perfect hockey. We have to be at our best. All elements of our game have to be in order and effective. We’re looking at it as small picture, shift to shift. Only the one game is our approach. I just think that for the last game, it’s easy to get excited about the next game because not much happened that was good in our favor.
I just think that we had a couple of strong games in Detroit where we were close and we know we got to be better. So I think there’s a little bit of excitement going in there tomorrow. But we’re only looking at the small picture.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A moment we won’t soon forget. Through all the hooting and hollering in the Wings’ dressing room last June after capturing the Stanley Cup, we ran into former Wings executive and coach Scotty Bowman, and he went on and on about one player: Filppula.
Zetterberg had won the Conn Smythe, Datsyuk had been superb and Nicklas Lidstrom was majestic as always, but we’ll never forget how Bowman, the game’s greatest all-time coach, talked at length about Filppula.
Now we’re beginning to see even more of what Bowman was talking about. Filppula has 13 points (1-12) in 15 playoff games this spring, surpassing last season’s tally of 11 points (5-6) in 22 games. Suddenly, the offense is coming in bigger doses.
“I’ve been trying to play the same way,” Filppula said. “Getting more offense this year, which is always good. The main thing is to play really well defensively and be happy with the offense I can get.”
more on the Wings/Blackhawks game 5 matchup.
from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t rule out Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin playing Wednesday in Game 5 at Detroit, but it doesn’t look good - particularly for Khabibulin.
Neither player practiced Tuesday morning at the United Center but both accompanied the team to Detroit.
“We’ll have a better assessment (Wednesday),” Quenneville said.
a bit more on the Hawks…
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