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Red Wings-Bruins Game 2 wrap-up: Ye Old Self-Inflicted Learning Experience Wound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The hardest part of what I'm about to do in surveying the media's takes on the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 involves the fact that Claude Julien and the Bruins will likely receive oodles of credit for "adjusting," when the truth of the matter--to Red Wings fans like me,  happily professional and biased--is that the Wings' fans, players and media are all on the same page this morning (I'm sure Chris Osgood will say things we've all heard when he chats on Freep.com at 11 EDT).

What happened? What Mike Babcock told us happened. The Wings stopped playing like themselves and started playing like the Bruins, and from Jimmy Howard's puck-flickering dimwit play on out to Brendan Smith's attempts to scale Mount Chara to the terrible penalty-kill (why did you reunite Quincey and Smith, coach?) and power play (aggravating fans' nerves: Olczyk and McGuire gushing about the standard of officiating as the Wings let themselves get suckered)...

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TMR Evening Line: Mike Babcock says Red Wings were ‘ineffective’ in Game 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I will try to cobble together a solid wrap-up later, but as I look back at the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to Boston in Game 2 (shockingly, Glendening and Miller were on the ice for 3 of the Bruins' 4 goals--2 at even strength--and Lashoff was on the ice for both PPGs against, so that may show you that the Bruins wanted Glendening to battle and lose against Krejci's line), some scribes are already chiming in with notebooks and recaps, and none speaks more succinctly to what ailed the Wings than the Boston Globe's Nancy Marrapese-Burrell's notebook.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had this to say about his team going 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill:

“I thought we were ineffective period, to tell you the truth,’’ said the coach, whose team is 0 for 6 on the power play in the series. “I didn’t think we were very good. I thought they were better. I thought we were better than them in Game 1. I thought they were way better than us in Game 2. They were engaged, they won the battles. They were quick, we were slow. We didn’t execute.

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 2 quick take: This was coming, but it still sucked

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings had to know that the Bruins' comments were going to yield more strict officiating and more penalty calls--some spurious, some warranted, on both teams--coming into Game 2, but instead of coming into the game with composure...

The Red Wings tried to beat the Bruins at their own game, engaging an angry, mean alligator in a bite-fight. The Wings lost their nerve, lost their resolve, lost their game plan and, thanks to a TERRIBLE power play, a TERRIBLE penalty-kill, MEDIOCRE goaltending, and yes, some really shitty calls against them (to which the Wings did a shit-ass job of giving their beleagured goaltender any sort of help closing those squeaky pads).

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Video- Brent Seabrook Suspended For Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here is the video explanation...

 

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Barry Trotz = A Class Act

Blog: KK Members Blog By Cubanpuckstoppr

From a Pete Weber Tweet. 

 

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Jon Cooper Starts The Mind Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

After pointing out that pundits have counted his group out all season long, he noted that Montreal has a recent history of squandering leads in the playoffs.

"We got home ice and didn’t deliver the way clearly we wanted to," Cooper said after Sunday’s morning skate at the Bell Centre. "So now you look in the room at those guys and (say) `What do we have to lose?’ Everyone thinks we’re supposed to lose. Now I’m hearing (we’re) done, (we’ll) be on the golf course by Wednesday, I’ve heard it all. But at some point they’re going to have to do that in front of their fans, try and knock us out.

"I’m sure they’ve never had a 2-0 lead on the road and come back and blown it."

Cooper was likely referencing the 2011 playoffs against Boston, but could also have been alluding to a 2006 series with Carolina or a 1996 series against the New York Rangers. On all three occasions, the Habs won the opening two games on the road but still lost the series.

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12 Hours Out Of Mackinaw City, I Stopped To Have Myself A Bru-In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

None of you have been able to really enjoy an Easter in close to 25 years.  Blame the Red Wings for that.  While fans of other teams have stress-free holidays every other year or so?  

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 2 game-day updates: On Loosick, Ericsson, Kronwall and game-day chatter

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 2:25 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will battle the Boston Bruins later today (3 PM EDT on NBC, TSN and 97.1 FM), hoping to persist amidst accusations of "subtle interference" and Milan Lucic's attempts to play Feelyat with Danny DeKeyser's...Parts.

NESN, Bruins Daily, WEEI, Pro Hockey Talk (times two), the Associated Press, Reuters, MLive's Brendan Savage (with a "What They're Saying" antecedent), and as Paul noted, the Boston Globe's Kevin Dupont have penned game-day previews and/or "Spirit of the Thing" articles, as did the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley (via RedWingsFeed):

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are Not Playing Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of CBC,

The Blackhawks find themselves trailing their first round series with the St. Louis Blues 2-0, having blown two games they should have won. Chicago led 3-2 in Game 1, but gave up a goal to Jaden Schwartz of the Blues at 18:24 of the third period and lost when Alex Steen scored after just 26 seconds of overtime.

Chicago's response?

They came back in Game 2 with one of their most goofy and unglued performances in years. The defending Stanley Cup champs, who also won the championship in 2009-10, were uncharacteristically undisciplined from veteran defenceman Duncan Keith delivering cheap shots to Blues players with his stick and foolishly waving his stick in the face of Vladimir Tarasenko while lined up for a faceoff to fellow blue-liner Brent Seabrook delivering a horrible head shot check that knocked Blues captain David Backes out of the game and will probably result in Seabrook receiving a multi-game suspension.

The end result was the same. Chicago led 3-2 late in the third period, but the Blues forced overtime when Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 19:53 and then won it on an OT tally by defenceman Barret Jackman.

Keith's silliness was completely out of character. And so will the Blackhawks early departure from the playoffs be out of character if Keith and his teammates don't halt the foolishness and get back to playing sound, intelligent hockey.

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Below, watch the Keith incident Brophy'w meintions...

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Open Post- Puck Drops On Four Games Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How about 4 games today, basically 12 1/2 hours of hockey with a nice break around dinner time in the eastern time zone.

Most of you would probably agree with me, the playoff games have been great and we have only started.

Sit back, enjoy and may the best teams win today.

 

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