Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/18/05 at 09:52 AM ET
With eight of their 15 wins coming against Chicago, Columbus and sad-sack St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings had been accused of padding their record against the dregs of the NHL, all of which conveniently reside in their division. It seemed like nit-picking at first, but after an 0-for-3 trip through the Northwest that began with losses in Vancouver and Calgary and culminated with a 6-5 defeat to the Oilers, there might be some validity to the charges. "It's (a road trip) we'd like to forget, simply put,'' said defenceman Mathieu Schneider. "We played well in spurts, but that's not good enough to win in this league, especially when you're playing teams as good as the ones we played over the last three games here.
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