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Wings Upset The Ducks, Move On To The WC Semi-Finals

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.

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Mother@#$#@$#‘s day redwings.  They almost gave up another lead but didn’t and second round here they go.  Sons a @#$#@‘es.

Posted by neffernin on 05/13/13 at 12:13 AM ET

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totally agree that Babs looks like a genius… though I do wish he wasn’t so enamored by Sammy’s right handed shot on the PP because he was unnoticeable yet again and Emmerton has been rock solid all year. WIth that said, the team won and Babs looks like a genius plain and simple. Can’t really question any of his calls as it worked. Quite an upset. The kids really earned it too. Brunner, Andersson, and Nyquist were great the entire series. They were consistently dangerous. And I thought Kindl was incredible tonight. Watching him come around this season has been a treat. I think he’s going to get better still. Something clicked and he seems to be right back on the development rails getting better and better as the year goes on. His defense is strong and pretty much flawless, he was moving the puck all over the place, he was making moves in open ice moves, he was jumping into the play, sliding on the blue line and getting all kinds of shots through, just an all around great game from him. It’s going to be fun watching this team take the next leap. We may get smeared by the Hawks, but this win is big, because it shows the world the future is bright in Detroit and free agents are welcome. 

at least for tonight… I definitely like our team.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/13/13 at 12:14 AM ET

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Games like this are going to make it even harder for Boudreau to escape the perception of not being able to adapt to what the other team is doing.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/13/13 at 12:15 AM ET

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Games like this are going to make it even harder for Boudreau to escape the perception of not being able to adapt to what the other team is doing.

Posted by Valek on 05/13/13 at 01:15 AM ET

I don’t know who you put behind that bench.  There are some guys on that Ducks team that are absolutely preventing them from succeeding, if I’m a Duck fan I start there.  Some real leaders, not frat boys, would be a good start for them.

Can’t really blame Hiller.  And they can’t blame Etem either.  I know some Ducks fans were calling for Fasth but…

Posted by Primis on 05/13/13 at 12:32 AM ET

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Wow…just when you think you know Babcock. Amazing.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/13/13 at 12:40 AM ET

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Ya, I dont think I ever saw this level of coaching from Babs

May be that he using the young guns, really put him outside his confort zone. And that’s allways for the best, on a job you have to think, in order to execute

It was pretty refreshing, and who knows what lies ahead, now!

Posted by Zqto on 05/13/13 at 01:05 AM ET

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The playoffs are kind of fun when the team you root for isn’t a prohibitive favorite in every series, aren’t they?

By the way, in the first round the only higher seeded team in the West to win was Chicago.  In the East the only higher seeded team to win was Pittsburgh, although two others could win in game 7’s.  The higher seeded teams record is 20 wins- 25 losses across the entire NHL playoffs, in aggregate.

This is why in today’s NHL you don’t worry about seedings, you just worry about being one of the top 8 teams, getting in, and submitting your playoff lottery ticket to see how the breaks fall.  The shortened season this year obviously contributed to this, but it’ll be quite nearly as true in a full season as well.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 02:13 AM ET

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Wow…just when you think you know Babcock. Amazing.

It was a great move, but it’s not like he hasn’t split up and re-united D and Z about 30 times before. 

I think he’s getting praised because of the result.  With the ‘old’ lines he had the Ducks put away in game 6 until to late game vomits forced the OT.  That the ‘new’ lines had the game put away until one late game vomit made it a red-line choke situation isn’t a testament to the efficacy of those line changes.

I liked the move, and I think Babcock is a fantastic coach… but then again I’ve always thought that.  People coming a bit late to the party and being ‘shocked’ by Babcock doing stuff like this… I mean, the guy benched Hasek in a playoff round, forever.  He’ll make a big move when it’s needful and he always has, it’s just that a good coaching decision doesn’t always result in a win.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 02:21 AM ET

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Perry held scoreless in 7. Selanne in the box for a pair of stick infractions in one single motion. Getzlaughs losing his cool at every whistle.. Babcock made a gutsy move that paid off, but these ducks are their own worse enemy.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/13/13 at 05:29 AM ET

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Remember the year that Babcock coached a low-ranked Ducks’ team and took out the top-ranked Red Wings?
This year was KARMA, baby!
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Posted by w2j2 on 05/13/13 at 06:28 AM ET

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I don’t think too much should be made of this being a 2 seed losing to a 7.

These two teams were really well-matched to have a long and close series. The Wings style and strengths line up really well with the Ducks (for example, they have two top centers that are willing and very able to slot into a defensive role to shut down the Ducks four big scorers).

In an 82 game season, does anyone really think the Ducks are a 2 seed? Are they even division winners if the talent of LA and experience of SJ has another couple months of hockey to work out the kinks in their game? In a full regular season, the Ducks are a good team deserving of playoff hockey, but they may look more like a 4 or a 5 seed.

By the same token, in a full season, do the early defensive struggles that the Wings had have more time to even out, do guys like Helm and Bertuzzi get back to 100% before the playoffs? Is it crazy to think that if the season goes a full 82, the law of averages allows the Wings the time to get healthy, shake out the D, and put up enough points to be a 5 seed?

Long story short, I think the Ducks are worse than their seed, and I think the Wings are better. Regardless, I think this was a great match up and these were two teams that probably shook out in the middle of the playoff pack, and as such, it was the right series to have regardless. But this isn’t an upset.

Now it could get real ugly with Chicago. I’ll root like hell but unless the Hawks have some Pens-like carelessness and Crawford craps the bed MAF-style, this could be a quick series.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/13/13 at 07:30 AM ET

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As someone who’s particularly critical of Babs for some time, I have to give him credit for last night. The first several games of the series, he was being out-coached. Budreau was taking advantage of our young D and their inability to move the puck out of the zone and was hyper-agressively fore checking the hell out of them. It was working. Last night, I saw some changes. Lots more speed out of our zone, a few stretch passes in an attempt to punish the aggressiveness.

The biggest and best sign: the Wings had a 2 goal lead in the third and didn’t just spend the rest of the game in their zone playing defensively. Boy howdy does that clock tick faster when you’re on the other end of the ice. Your netminder doesn’t end up exhausted, and there’s a lot less scrambling. The Wings gave up one, but held the lead.

More of that, please.

Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 05/13/13 at 07:43 AM ET

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This is why in today’s NHL….

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 03:13 AM ET

sick  It never ends with you, does it?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/13/13 at 07:45 AM ET

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I realize he’s hockey royalty, but I really can’t believe no one (at least not that I’ve seen so far) is calling out Teemu Selanne for his ridiculously idiotic cross-checking penalty that negated their power play at the end of the second period.

That was just an unacceptable mental breakdown by a veteran player who should now better. It changed the entire tenor of that game, in my opinion. The Ducks never looked like they had any fight after that.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 07:58 AM ET

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In an 82 game season, does anyone really think the Ducks are a 2 seed?

That’s why I thought killing a team or a player or an organization for what happens in a short year was silly.  It’s going to be pretty random anyway.  A short season is even more so.

It never ends with you, does it?

‘It’ will end when people start understanding what the NHL is like now, how it’s different than what it was like before, and how those first two things ought to impact expectations and subsequently analysis.

 

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 08:49 AM ET

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‘It’ will end when people start understanding what the NHL is like now, how it’s different than what it was like before, and how those first two things ought to impact expectations and subsequently analysis.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 09:49 AM ET

Keep educatin’, HD. Keep educatin’

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/13/13 at 08:56 AM ET

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calling out Teemu Selanne for his ridiculously idiotic cross-checking penalty that negated their power play at the end of the second period.

+19. The only thing I can think that might justify his actions was the officials lost their whistles in this game, and only SERIOUSLY overt stuff was getting called. He probably thought he’d get away with it, but clipping the goaltender and a skater with the same crosscheck is really pushing it.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/13/13 at 10:04 AM ET

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I realize he’s hockey royalty, but I really can’t believe no one (at least not that I’ve seen so far) is calling out Teemu Selanne for his ridiculously idiotic cross-checking penalty that negated their power play at the end of the second period.

That was just an unacceptable mental breakdown by a veteran player who should now better. It changed the entire tenor of that game, in my opinion. The Ducks never looked like they had any fight after that.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/13/13 at 08:58 AM ET

Teemu Selanne has jumped the Shark was far as his career goes.  He’s past the part of his career where he can take a series or even a game over, so instead he whines at the NHL over Nik Kronwall or gets involved in petty cross checking after the whistle. 

Part of being a great player is knowing when it’s over.  Time to let go and hang em up Selanne.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/13/13 at 10:09 AM ET

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That’s why I thought killing a team or a player or an organization for what happens in a short year was silly.  It’s going to be pretty random anyway.  A short season is even more so.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/13/13 at 09:49 AM ET

Exactly. The playoffs are something of a crapshoot these days regardless, but especially after you nearly cut the qualifications to getting there in half.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/13/13 at 12:26 PM ET

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Part of being a great player is knowing when it’s over.  Time to let go and hang em up Selanne.

He’s still got enough in him that he could be a very viable player, but it’s going to take some facing cold hard facts and realizing he has to change for him to do it.  I feel like if he had a decent coach he might could transition to a different place in his career (third/forth line minutes, pp specialist) and be very effective for another couple but it just isn’t happening.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/13/13 at 01:02 PM ET

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