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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings must show their mental toughness by bouncing back from this one.
"There's no time to hang your head," Miller said. "It comes back here pretty quick and we're right back at it. This is playoffs; you can never get too high, you can never get too low. Forget about the game and get ready for the next one.
"You don't worry about, 'Oh man, poor us.' "
The Red Wings must win another game in Tampa Bay, where the Lightning boasted the best home record in the league (32-8-1) and outplayed them by a significant margin the first two games.
"Obviously, it's a shot in the gut anytime you are in a situation where you think are in a real a good spot and suddenly it goes away that quick," Babcock said after practice Friday in Tampa. "We played a real good game and in five minutes we end up losing, so that's hard.
"I've coached a long time, been around a lot of championship teams. Every championship team I've ever been involved with goes through adversity. What you do is you embrace the adversity and it allows you to get better. Without it, you never, ever win in the end. So to me here's some adversity, let's dig in, let's understand our plan; let's understand how well we played Games 3 and 4. Maybe Game 4 was our best game."
The Wings had a short practice today in the Tampa area and beat writers report Luke Glendening will play tomorrow per Ken Holland.
He needed some stitches in on his hand last night.
added 12:51pm, Release is below...
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
They were six minutes from a stranglehold grip and then, like one of those movies where the hero gets distracted by someone screaming, the Red Wings loosened their hold just for a moment.
And got sucker punched.
Shish. Boom. Bang. A goal on a great individual effort. A goal on great team passing. A goal in overtime to pull down the curtain.
And a tie series.
"Never a doubt, was there?" joked Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.
Not funny, pal.
Fortunes change. The Wings, still rubbing their eyes after this 3-2 overtime stunner, are heading to Tampa Bay minus home-ice advantage, minus the health of a key player and minus the confidence they would have had in this first-round playoff series if they had been able to finish what they started — or somehow hid the puck for the final six minutes, once the hugely valuable Luke Glendening left the ice with a hand injury.
Instead, it's a best-of-three now against a team that, as Cooper put it, "grew a couple of inches."
Below, watch both coaches post-game...
Thanks to the Nashville Predators' win on Thursday, the fifth game of the Detroit Red Wings-Tampa Bay Lightning series will start at 6 PM EDT on Saturday, April 25th, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Florida.
This game was about control. Detroit could either take full control of the series by opening up a 3-1 series lead, or Tampa Bay could wrest control back from Detroit, tying the series at 2 going into a set of 2 of 3 games in Tampa Bay.
Tampa wrested control from the Red Wings thanks to a staggering set of game-tying goals in 77 seconds and an OT marker, yielding a 3-2 win and a series tie that stunned the Wings, stunned their fans, and may have cost the Wings Luke Glendening in the process of a stupid, stupid, stupid scrum that predictably played into the visitors' hands.
I am writing a recap of the Wings-Lightning game presently, but I believe this goal deserves its own post (nice one, Ben Bishop):
Here's a short note that's a bit of a bummer: Axel Holmstrom registered an assist, won 72.73% of his faceoffs and played 18:33, but Skelleftea AIK dropped a 3-2 OT decision to the Vaxjo Lakers, losing the SHL final in six games.
Holmstrom finished with a rookie-record 7 goals, 11 assists and 18 points in 15 games, and I'm not sure if he'll head to Grand Rapids to take part in the Griffins' playoff run. We'll find out within the next day or two.
John Forslund talked with Steven Stamkos after practice today.
Expect some "deception" from the Bolts on the power play.
added 4:52pm, Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on Datsyuk vs. Stamkos...
Updated 12x at 2:14 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Florida/NBCSN/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) involved discussions of momentum, talk about Steven Stamkos' offense or the lack thereof and the Wings preparing for an incredibly desperate and determined Lightning team this evening.
The actual in-skate Tweets were few and far between...
And in the multimedia department, per Fox Sports Detroit...
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