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by George Malik on 05/26/13 at 02:31 AM ET
Update: Beware, auto-play videos from the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press lurk within!
The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, and due to bandwidth constraints, here's an abbreviated post encompassing the multimedia offerings from the game. Please be warned that some auto-play clips may lurk within, and I'd like to state the following:
If the Red Wings don't hate the Blackhawks by now, especially given their viciously clean physical play as well as their cheap-ass, dirty, chicken-shit and plain old immature grabs, gropes, after-the-whistle chirping, punching and slashing, and the fact that Chicago loads up on cheap shots--which Joel Quenneville insists show "leadership"--late in games...This is a mean, nasty and impudent Hawks team, cocky, brash and plain old *#$%@&-y.
The Wings may have cracked the Hawks, but Saturday night's game showed that Chicago's nut has yet to shatter, and from Justin Abdelkader on out, the Wings must show more determination, resolve, desperation and especially poise when the Hawks try to agitate them--all while doing their best to limit the Hawks' time and space, and while trying to cleanly get under Chicago's skin by playing harder from whistle to whistle, but turning the other cheek once play is over.
This series is not finished by any means, and while I don't believe the Hawks' suggestion that they have "all the momentum" going into Game 6, the Wings have to out-smart as well as out-work the Hawks, and at this point in the series...
They have to hate Chicago. I sure as hell hope they do, because I've hated the Blackhawks since 1991, and I hate this incarnation of the team just as much as I did the Chelios, Roenick, Belfour, Steve Larmer and Michel Goulet-led Hawks that swept the Wings in the second round in 1992.
Highlights: We'll start with NHL.com's highlights of the game, which are narrated by NBC's broadcasters:
NBC also posted a 1:28 highlight clip; the ESPN posted a 3:13 highlight clip in which Barry Melrose and John Buccigross add their takes on the game; Sportsnet posted a 46-second highlight clip, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago posted a 3:20 highlight clip, Fox Sports posted a 1:05 highlight clip and TSN posted a 3:25 highlight clip which includes some post-game comments from Jonathan Toews.
Post-game: NHL.com posted the NHL Tonight's take on the game, a CISCO Arena Cam interview with Duncan Keith and post-game clips of Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw, coach Joel Quenneville's post-game presser and Wings coach Mike Babcock's post-game presser:
The Red Wings website's clip of Babcock's presser is better, so that's the one I'm going to use:
The Red Wings' website also posted clips of Carlo Colaiacovo...
And Henrik Zetterberg speaking to the media:
The Chicago Tribune posted a video of Toews discussing his goal;
The Chicago Sun-Times posted a video of Duncan Keith discussing the Hawks' win and his reunion with Brent Seabrook;
TSN posted Babcock and Quenneville's post-game pressers, That's Hockey 2 Night's Darren Pang, Steve Kouleas and Jamie McLennan praised the Hawks' power play and they also went ga-ga about Jonathan Toews;
And the CBC's videos take the cake. They posted a pre-game interview with Ken Holland...
A profile of Henrik Zetterberg...
If you wish to watch them, a bio of Jonathan Toews, a spotlight on Andrew Shaw, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean gushing about the Hawks' CANADIAN players, a post-game montage and the ever-highly-requested 17-minute Hockey Night Online post-game show.
Photos: The Detroit Free Press posted a 31-image gallery;
The Detroit News posted a 39-image gallery;
MLive posted a 10-image gallery;
The Windsor Star posted 4 big images from the game;
The Chicago Tribune posted a 35-image gallery;
The Chicago Daily Herald posted a 20-image gallery;
I don't feel like counting the images in the Chicago Sun-Times' game gallery, so I'm not going to;
Yahoo Sports posted an unspecified number of images from the game in its wonky Wings gallery;
ESPN posted a 105-image gallery;
NHL.com's "Frozen Moment" involves Daniel Cleary batting pucks onto the ice during the pre-game skate, and it's from a loss, but CBS Detroit's wallpaper-sized image of Gustav Nyquist skating up ice is quite pretty (dunno if Gus is or not; those of you who find him attractive will have to tell me).
Update: This is an auto-play video, but the Detroit news posted a 4:59 clip of Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard discussing the game...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James offered her take on the game:
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