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Hockey Night in Canada does such a great job with their montages before each playoff game,
Here is the montage before game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series.
The game should start around 8:10pm ET or so and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
Use the comment section if you'd like to talk about the game or anything related to the playoffs.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
It took seven games, but a Detroit Red Wings team that almost didn’t make the playoffs showed up in a big way in the first round, ousting the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a series not many pundits expected the Wings to win. Not only did Detroit move on, they did so behind the stellar net play of star goalie Jimmy Howard, who posted a 2.74 Goals Against Average in the series.
Up front, the Wings had a balanced offensive attack, carrying six players who scored two or more goals in round one. Superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will always be the Wings’ bread and butter, but solid scoring outputs from grinders like Dan Cleary and Justin Abdelkader, which the Wings thankfully received, will propel Detroit to the next level.
"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.
James Reimer on Patrice Bergeron...
Or Jimmy Howard on Teemu Selanne...
Game 7 will be in Anaheim on Sunday with a 10:00pm ET start.
Who do you like?
Make sure to visit The Malik Report for a recap of game 6.
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...
If you missed the hit or want to review it, watch it here at The Malik Report.
added 9:53am, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
The head is attached to the body. You attack one, you’ll affect the other, and to the naked eye, at the speed of hockey, it is damn hard to know how much contact is made where or when. So Justin Abdelkader saw a play develop, charged toward Anaheim’s Toni Lydman and plowed into him for a check. Hit his body, shoulder high, knocked Lydman up and down like a land mine explosion.
Was Lydman’s head affected? How could it not be? Was it a hit to the head? Clearly not. Did Abdelkader build up speed heading toward him? Don’t you have to? Did he continue that speed through the hit? Not at all. Did the refs call it clean — or did they call it dirty and throw Abdelkader out?
Yes — and yes.
On such things can playoff hockey turn.
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