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The Failing Wings

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Another Boston win here Thursday would be the de facto series closer. The difference in these two teams is as obvious as it is stark for the Wings. Their alleged speed has been neutralized, if nonexistent. Their goaltending less than average. Their will, sense of urgency, and pushback just not there.

True, it’s the playoffs, and crazy things do happen, but right now it would be crazy to think this ends well for the Wings. Their feet have failed them, and when that happens, everything else usually follows.


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As much as I want to smash his face with a brick for writing this, he is kind of right.

Posted by George0211 on 04/24/14 at 08:50 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Another Boston win here Thursday would be the de facto series closer.

Then again, I thought that was the case in 2013 when the Wings went up 3-1 in the series against Chicago.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/24/14 at 09:07 AM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

This article needs to be blown up and taped to every stall in the Wings locker room.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 04/24/14 at 09:30 AM ET


That Chicago series went both ways. After the game one drubbing, all the Chicago writers (and if I remember correctly, a number of national writers) were ready to declare a sweep for Chicago. The expectation coming in was, like it is this year, that Detroit simply didn’t have the guns to fight with the big boys. 2013 game one was all the Chicago/national writers needed to affirm that sentiment. Then, it was 3-1 Wings and it almost looked the opposite - Chicago’s done.

Games two and three have looked the same for the Boston writers. The evidence that the Bruins, far superior, have established their authority and now it’s a matter of time.

The evidence is scary - two goals in three games for the Wings. That’s pitiful. There isn’t a lot as a Wings fan to look at and feel encouraged about. The only thing that I can say is that Mike Babcock has a way with keeping the team’s mental toughness high, even through adversity. We’ll see.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/24/14 at 09:31 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Their alleged speed has been neutralized, if nonexistent.

Someone needs to inform Dupont that there’s a difference between an opponent neutralizing something, and a team simply not utilizing or trying to use what they have.

Boston played a GREAT Game 2.  They did NOT play a great Game 3, they were pretty sloppy.  That Bruins fans and writers seem to continue to think they did is a big reason why I think nothing is over yet.  In years past we could watch the Wings get a win and have the ability to look and say “Yeah, the Wings still weren’t very good, kinda’ a fortunate win, you can’t play that way in the playoffs”.  Boston, it’s fans, and its writers don’t seem to have that ability.

Posted by Primis on 04/24/14 at 10:00 AM ET

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All I want tonight is for the Wings to play their game and let the chips fall where they may.  Having Hank back may help in that matter, we’ll have to see what unfolds.  The Bruins are built to win it all but they’re not unbeatable.  Win tonight and it’s the best of three.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 04/24/14 at 10:47 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Their feet have failed them, and when that happens, everything else usually follows.

Their feet haven’t failed them. Their defensemen’s ability to efficiently move the puck out of the zone has failed them. And that’s what’s killed their ability to use their speed.

Break Boston’s aggressive forecheck with excellent passing and the speed will return. Fail at that and this douchebag writer is probably more right than wrong.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/24/14 at 11:48 AM ET


Then, it was 3-1 Wings and it almost looked the opposite - Chicago’s done.

I can’t imagine anyone THINKING that, let alone national writers putting it out in the public for everyone to read.  I certainly didn’t think that.

Posted by jkm2011 on 04/24/14 at 11:51 AM ET

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