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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 6 game-day updates: Wings ‘loose,’ but Babcock demands a better effort

Updated 13x at 2:57 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a near-must-win situation as they hope to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks tonight (8 PM EDT, NBCSN/CBC/97.1 FM, post-game on FSD) and avoid a winner-take-all Game 7 situation on Wednesday evening.

If we are to believe what the Blackhawks' players and coach claimed on Sunday afternoon, the Blackhawks may have "their backs against the wall," but they are in fact the underdogs that no one believes in, and as such, it's the Red Wings with everything to lose tonight.

I don't buy that bullshit for a minute, nor do I buy the concept that the Hawks have "all the momentum" going into tonight's game, but I'm also the one suggesting that the Wings bring their knives to a gunfight.

In any case, Sportsline's Brian Stubits offered an outside take on what's at stake this evening...

The curse that came with the blessing of that tremendous start to the regular season for the Blackhawks -- an NHL-record 24 straight games with a point beginning the season -- was that it increased already high expectations. The start made it so that anything short of a Stanley Cup Final appearance was going to feel like a letdown, and really then the only way to truly make the season feel like a success is by winning the Cup.

While I don't believe the players are consciously thinking of that, they know they're a team capable of winning the Cup. That kind of pressure can weigh on a team in tight moments, too. Trying to fulfill those expectations and achieve their goal won't be that far out of mind for some of them, especially if things aren't going their way.

In Game 6, the stakes won't really be as high as a true winner-take-all Game 7, but it's going to feel pretty close to it for both teams.

SI's Allan Muir offers a superb slate of morning reading links, but what Lambert's saying about Toews, I do not understand...

And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa eases us into the morning skate:

Changes? We don't need no stinkin' changes! Steady as she goes!

If I were to summarize what the Wings need to do tonight, I'd go with this wallpaper-sized image from CBS Detroit, in which Gustav Nyquist is surrounded by Blackhawks players sans a teammate supporting him or providing a passing outlet. The Wings need to move the puck better tonight and that requires players skating hard and gaining body position on their opponents instead of lazily standing on the outisde of puck battles and poking their sticks in instead of doing the hard and sometimes painful work that is pushing past and through one's opponent.

In the "Ice Forecast" department, we're expecting highs in the upper 60's today, but rain and thunderstorms will roll in overnight. As such, humidity will increase as the day goes along, and that tends to yield slightly sticky-snowy ice at the Joe.

Daniel Cleary's saying his usual "hello" to the Free Press's Helene St. James...

Grumble:

From the "Enemy Press"...

As a for-the-record quip, ESPN's Craig Custance penned an article about unrestricted free agent-to-be Bryan Bickell, with Bickell and Viktor Stalberg saying this about their ability to dent the Wings given that Detroit's tried to stifle the Hawks' top two lines:

"Obviously sometimes the big boys get the toughest matchup and you get caught behind there and sometimes you get a little easier matchup," Stalberg said. "I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of that all year long."

But Bickell's production during the playoffs suggests that he's capable of producing against tougher competition. He scored Give 5's first goal and he did it against Henrik Zetterberg's line and Detroit's top defensive pair of Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall. That was the matchup he saw for most of the night.

"I enjoyed playing against those guys," Bickell said on Sunday. "They're skilled. We just need to be physical against them."

Both players need to step up tonight.

The Wings' morning skate lasted for about half an hour--as is typical at this time of year--

Here comes the coach:

And, via RedWingsFeed, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff has already posted a video of Datsyuk's commentary:

Also from RedWingsFeed:

Sproul was named the OHL's defenseman of the year about a month ago, and on Sunday, he was named the CHL's defenseman of the year.

Update #0.5 (and I promise to embed fewer Tweets from now on!):

Update #0.6: LET'S ALL BE STUNNED:

Update #1: The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus has already penned an entry about the Wings and Hawks' attempts to "neutralize" each team's top two lines:

We do the same job against each other," Datsyuk said. "It's like that the whole series."

Up until the Hawks' breakout 4-1 win in Game 5, Detroit's role players -- including the third line of Damien Brunner (two goals, one assist), Gustav Nyquist (one goal) and Joakim Andersson (two assists) -- had been carrying much of the offensive load. Datsyuk said there has been no frustration in the Wings dressing room about the stars' lack of production.

"Everybody knows the goal is to win [the] series," Datsyuk said. "Nobody cares about this. ... Team. Our team [is] our star."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock said he figured this series would come down to the bottom two lines and the blue line, given the two-way talent on each teams' scoring lines.

"That's normally what happens in hockey," Babcock said. "That's why they give you a third line, and that third line's supposed to win you the series. That's what happened for Chicago and Anaheim in the regular season -- their third line was better than everyone else's. ... That's what's happened for us, is our third line's gotten better. The third line, like the rest of our group the other night, was not very good. If we're going to be successful, we need our third and fourth lines to be good. Their third and fourth lines were better than ours the other night."

Defenseman Brendan Smith, who's chipped in a goal and an assist, agreed.

"They always want to get on the board; they're our best players," Smith said of Datsyuk and Zetterberg. "But I think our team is a little different, where it seems that a lot of people have stepped up and scored timely goals. You saw a bunch of the young guys in Nyquist and Brunner and we've had some 'D' score, so I think it's not just those guys with our team. I think maybe with Chicago, those big guys have consistently got on the board a lot, so I think that can be frustrating for them if they don't continue to do that in the playoffs. Obviously, they want to get on the board and when they do, it helps our team out that much more. But I think when we're scoring, it's more of a team effort. There's a lot of people chipping in for us. That's how we're successful."

Update #1.25: *Giggle*

Update #2: Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to The Fan 590 this morning about the Wings' youth movement and Game 6:

Update #3: The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton has penned a Wings-centric morning skate update:

"You play all year for this," Babcock said after his team's morning skate Monday. "February is not a whole bunch of fun. This is fun. The best players relish these moments."

And they don't play tight or with the weight of the world on their shoulder pads. That may not necessarily have been the culprit for the Red Wings in Game 5 -- they believe the Hawks just outplayed them -- but it can't be a problem in Game 6 if the hosts want to avoid another trip to Chicago.

"You walk around the room and you can see the excitement in guys' faces and the way they're handling themselves, that they're ready to go tonight," defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said. "That's the feeling you need to have. That's why you play hockey, to be in moments like this. We got a great opportunity tonight.

"I think we should feel confident in ourselves, we should have fun with it. Working hard should be fun. When we work hard out there, we accomplish good things. You get that feeling that guys are feeling confident about themselves. In the same sense, you can't just think we're going to go out there and show up and win. It's going to be a hard game."

Indeed, the Red Wings feel they need to up the physicality against the Hawks, who pummeled them with several big hits to set an early tone. Returning the favor may draw even more energy from the home crowd.

"All three games that we won, I think we were more physical than Chicago was," center Joakim Andersson said. "Last game, they were for sure more physical. We have to match that."

Update #4:

Update #5:

And the Chicago Tribune posted videos of Justin Abdelkader and Carlo Colaiacovo speaking after the morning skate.

Update #6: The Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc reports that the Hawks still insist that all the pressure for winning tonight's game sits upon the Red Wings' shoulders...

"It felt like we had nothing to lose going into Game 5," winger Viktor Stalberg said after the morning skate Monday. "We wanted to take a chance and if we can get momentum on our side and get rolling a little bit, we know they're going to feel the pressure, especially tonight closing it out in front of their fans.

"I don't think they want to go back for Game 7 in our building. The pressure is definitely going to be on them. I think they're going to come out hungrier tonight. We have to find a way to weather that storm right off the bat. If we can do that, I think we have a good chance."

The desperation perhaps infused the Hawks with more energy before Game 5, and their skating and physicality was much improved. That, too, has to carry over to Monday night.

"The mindset should be like before last game," winger Marian Hossa said. "Our backs are against the wall still but I think we put a great perforance last qame. We felt like were skating and were much more with puck control playing. We have to do it again."

Added center Michal Handzus: "We have to be ready to play our best game. We're expecting their best and we have to be at our best for sure. We're desperate for sure. We have to play our best game. We didn't complete anything. We won Game 5 but we have to win Game 6, too. It's just live or die."

And the Hawks continued while speaking with NHL.com's Corey Masisak...

"For us, I think we just need to seize the momentum we have here and carry it into Game 6," Chicago forward Patrick Kane said. "It was fun playing in Game 5. That's the way we need to play. I think we had close to 50 shots, pretty much every line was rolling, we had some power-play goals and obviously we got the lead at the start. Hopefully we can get some more of that [in Game 6] and build off it."

The first period generally has been an even one in this series, though the Blackhawks have scored three of the four goals in the opening 20 minutes. It didn't matter in Game 2 -- the Red Wings roared back with four straight to steal at a road win.

Detroit did push back again in Game 5 after falling behind, but Chicago eventually overwhelmed the Red Wings. Now, the Blackhawks will want to start well and try to find a snowball effect -- if momentum really does exist.

"It isn't so much about scoring but taking control of the game and letting them know that we're going to be coming at them all night," Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey said. "We've got to skate better. They definitely outworked us [in Game 5], and that can't happen."

Who also noted that Kane's just peachily pleased with his performance in Game 5, as well as those of his linemates in Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews:

"I thought we played pretty well last game," Kane said. "We had some chances. We moved the puck around pretty good and created some power plays, too. I think that's what we're trying to do, is show our skill out there and get our team some chances."

The trio produced 13 shots on goal, including 12 at even strength. Toews scored a goal on the power-play, his first of any kind in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kane assisted on the first goal of the game from Bryan Bickell, and put all seven of his attempts in the game on target.

In total, the trio combined for six shots on net in the first period alone. Toews and Kane also drew the penalties that led to each of the Blackhawks' power-play goals Chicago scored to build a 3-1 lead in the second period.

"It was a good start," Kane said. "We hadn't played together in a long time, maybe a couple of years. It was nice to get back with those guys and have a good first couple shifts. Hopefully we can do that [in Game 6] to get some momentum for our team."

Via RedWingsFeed, the Wings insisted to the Edmonton Sun's Derek Van Diest that they're aware of the importance of winning tonight...

"You walk around the room this morning, you can see the excitement in guys faces and the way they're handling themselves and you can see that they're ready to go tonight and that's the feeling we need to have," said Red Wings defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo. "That's why you play hockey, to be in moments like this. We have a great opportunity tonight and if we play the way we can, we should feel pretty good about it."

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Players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall relish opportunities such as they one presented to the Red Wings. And they usually come up big in clutch situations.

"They do and we're going to need that from them again tonight," said Colaiacovo. "Part of the reason why we're here is that we have great leadership and guys lead by example. I don't have to name names, but you can go around the room and see who those guys are. If they lead and the other guys follow, we'll be in good shape."

Having struggled at times this season, the Red Wings were not expected to still be playing at this time of year. As they seventh seed in the Western Conference, they knocked off the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, having faced elimination themselves on two occasions. As far as the Red Wings are concerned, they're playing with house money.

"At playoff time, everyone is excited and to play at home it's always special, the crowd is just getting louder for every game we're playing here," said Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson. "It's going to be fun. We know what the situation is and our desperation level has to be a little higher than it was in the last game. We have to show that tonight."

With everything on the line, both teams are expected to come out hard. The Blackhawks are playing for their lives, while the Red Wings are not interested in making a trip back to Chicago for a winner-take-all encounter Wednesday.

"Last game, they were a desperate team that played like a desperate team," said Colaiacovo. "They were better than us in most of the areas of the game, rightfully so that was the result of the game. We're in a position right now where it's up to us to respond. The guys are feeling pretty good about that opportunity and it's just a matter of us going out and doing it."

As the Free Press's Helene St. James also noted...With the Wings stating that "fun" might motivate them this evening as well as fear:

"We talk about it all the time,” coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate. “Do you want to be tight and tentative, or do you want to be loose and driving? Which one sounds like fun to you? Let’s play. There’s six teams left in hockey. Play. Let’s have some fun. The better you play, the longer you get to play. If you don’t play good, you get to go home.”

The Wings squandered chance no. 1 to win the series by a performance Saturday at Chicago that went past loose and straight to lackadaisical.

“Our effort surprised me,” Babcock said. “I thought we’d be better than we were. We weren’t good. We’ve played well here, I don’t know why we wouldn’t be good today. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

The Blackhawks staved off elimination with a dominating 4-1 victory in Game 5, using their power play to great effect and getting the desired effect from assembling a super line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, a group that’ll reappear tonight. The Wings are sticking with what’s gotten them to this point, at least for the start of the game, believing that if they just play the way they did in Games 2 through 4, the series will end in six.

“It’s fun to play this time of year,” Valtteri Filppula said, “but obviously we hope that we don’t have to play after tonight any more against these guys.”

Update #7: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff filed a morning skate report...

“I think the worst thing guys could do tonight is put pressure on themselves,” said Detroit defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo, whose club owns a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven set and can wrap up the series with a win. “It’s a fun game to play in, it’s going to be an exciting time with the crowd behind us. This is the fun part about hockey, to play in games like this. Games that mean so much. Games that have that much on the line. Play confident, have fun and do what we do. If we play the way we can, we should feel good about what we can accomplish.”

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The Wings were uncharacteristically tight in Game 5 and it cost them their first chance to close out the series.

“Our effort in Game 5 surprised me, to be honest with you,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we’d be better than we were. We talk about it all the time. Do you want to be tight and tentative, or be loose and driving? Which one sounds like fun to you? Let’s play. There’s six teams left in hockey. Let’s have some fun. The better you play, the longer you get to play. If you don’t play good, you get to go home. We’ve played well here and I don’t know why we wouldn’t be good today. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk agreed with his coach, and expected his club to come out calm and collected.

“Why not?” Datsyuk asked. “We’re at home, in front of our fans. Of course we’re comfortable.”

You may read SI's Stu Hackel's take on tonight's game on your own, however.

Update #8: NHL.com's Tracey Myers posted a game-day preview...

ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers talked to both teams about the pressure they feel that they and their opponents are either facing or not facing tonight...

“You can’t think about pressure too much, but I think it is on them especially after having a chance to close out at home in our building, and it’s coming back here, they get another chance,” Kane said. “I’m sure they’re feeling a little bit of pressure. Hopefully we can use to that to our advantage and try to capitalize on them maybe making some mistakes.”

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader thought there was a difference between playing with pressure and playing with desperation. He thought his team needed the latter.

“I think everyone realizes now how difficult [it is to close out a series,]” Abdelkader said, “Chicago played with its backs against the wall [Saturday] night. They played hard and with desperation. We have to play the same way.”

For the Blackhawks, they’re looking to duplicate the looseness they played with in Game 5. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad said it was key to score first again.

“That’s something we want to do every game, especially against this team how well they’ve played defensively and how they play with the lead,” Saad said. “Especially in their building, their fans are loud. It’s going to be fun to be a part of, and we’re looking forward to it.”

And Fox Sports Detroit's Dave Dye offered the following quip from Justin Abdelkader in his "morning skate" blog entry:

Forward Justin Abdelkader said the Wings are “still the underdog.”

“These guys had a magical run all during the regular season,” Abdelkader said of the Blackhawks. “They’ve been the favorite all year, all playoffs. We’ve got a great opportunity up three games to two, at our home ice. We don’t want to go back there (to Chicago for Game 7).”

Also:

POWER-LESS PLAY: Detroit has just one goal in 19 power-play opportunities in the series. The only goal was the Game 4 game-winner.

“I think our power play can be way better,” Babcock said. “To me, their penalty kill has been harder than our power play has been. They’re winning more of these puck battles. As soon as we shoot and it gets to the wall, they win that battle every time.  That shouldn’t be the case.”

HOME ICE DOMINATING: Home teams are now 48-20 in the playoffs, including 18-3 in the conference-semifinal round.

The Red Wings are 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena with 3-1 and 2-0 victories over the Blackhawks in Games 3 and 4.

And, from the Chicago Daily Herald's Tim Sassone...

Meanwhile, the Red Wings were confident at Monday's morning skate that they will close out the Hawks.

"They came out a lot harder than we did and were better throughout the whole game," Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "We know we can play a lot better and we’ve showed that. The last game we didn’t come out at that level and they didn’t let us come up to that level, but we’ll show them tonight."

Update #9: Brendan Smith, bad idea, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

“They are getting away with a lot of those after-the-whistle cheap shots or whatever; maybe (referees) don't see it,'' Smith said. “I don't think it frustrates anybody in here. We want to hold our ground. They're trying to be pesty and whatnot. If you let them get under your skin then they've won. You see them hacking and slashing after the whistle. … You see guys like (Henrik) Zetterberg getting slashed after the whistle by (Jonathan) Toews. It doesn't affect him. He comes out even better. These guys have been around the league so long, we feed off that for sure.''

Detroit's Justin Abdelkader took a retaliatory penalty against Dave Bolland in Game 5, costing his club a power play.

“You’ve got to be careful; (referees) are looking to even things up,'' Abdelkader said. “They have guys on their team who try to bait you on penalties and you’ve got to be smart about it. Play on the edge, but don’t go over. We just got to play between the whistles and not worry about anything extracurricular stuff and stay away from the scrums. They'll try to get under you skin. Just got to be smart, can't get baited into penalties. It can be tough at times. Sometimes you just got to bite your lip.''

Bryan Bickell is one of the Blackhawks' most aggravating players.

“That’s part of my game, to make them sick of it,'' Bickell said. “If they know I’m going to finish my check, hopefully I can get them a little nervous with the puck, make them second guess, maybe get some turnovers. Just to wear them down is the most important part to stick with it.''

Bickell spoke to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and you can watch his video interview on your own.

Update #9.5: The Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc posted a clip of Marian Hossa speaking about the importance of Game 6.

Update #10: The Red Wings' Game Day Blog offers a historical note...

On This Day in Red Wings History...On May 27, 1995

Detroit eliminates San Jose, 6-2, and Paul Coffey moves past Denis Potvin for the all-time scoring leader among defensemen in the playoffs with his 165th point.

As well as Ken Kal's keys to the game...

Take Away Their Time and Space - Chicago had too much time to make plays in Game 5. Don't give them any room tonight.

Dictate the Play Immediately - Don't weather the storm, this time we have to be the storm. Get the puck deep and be on the attack from the get-go.

Play Hard and Physical but Stay Out Of The Box - Detroit has to keep their emotions in check. Play with an edge, compete hard, and keep the elbows and sticks down. Force them to cause turnovers and generate offense from it.

Update #11: Blah blah blah Stalberg says pressure's on Detroit from the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau blah blah blah, and, via RedWingsFeed, FYI, from ESPN:

Western Conference Semifinals – Game 6
Blackhawks at Red Wings, 8 ET (Red Wings lead series, 3-2)

* Red Wings: 4-1 at home this postseason (won 4 straight since loss in Game 3 of Conf. Qtrs. vs Ducks)
* Red Wings: 2-18 (11.1 pct) on power play in 5 home games this season (5-26 [19.2 pct] on road)
* Jimmy Howard (DET): 4-0, 1.42 GAA, .957 save pct (6 GA on 138 SA in 256:01 played) over last 4 HOME games
* Blackhawks: have never won a best-of-7 series after trailing 3 games to 1 (0-11)
* Blackhawks: 1-3 on road this postseason (0-2 in this series)
* Blackhawks: lead postseason in penalty killing (35-36, 97.2 pct)

Update #12: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago's Tracey Myers took note of both teams' game-day comments...

“We were just a little tentative (in Game 5). We didn’t dictate the game, and we had been doing that the last few games. They fed off that,” Brendan Smith said following today’s skates. “They’re going to be desperate. They have to win or they’re gong home. We just didn’t answer like we have in previous game. We have to play better tonight and use our fans to help us out and get the momentum that way.”

For the Blackhawks, it’s rinse and repeat Game 5 in every facet. But…

“Tonight’s going to be even tougher,” Patrick Kane said. “We’re on the road against a team that plays well here. For us, we have to try to seize the momentum we have (from Game 5) and take it over into Game 6. It was fun playing that Game 5. That’s how we need to play. We had close to 50 shots, every line was rolling and we got some power-play goals. Hopefully we can get momentum tonight.”

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It’s another potential elimination game for the Blackhawks. If they play like they did in their first one the other night, they’ll force another one on Wednesday.

“We talked in the morning, had a meeting ahead of practice little visit at the end of it. Our (attitude) was in the right place but it’s going to be a hard game tonight,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You don’t have to say too much right now anyway, but I like the focus.”

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose duly noted that the Wings want to "stay loose," but staying loose doesn't mean that the team will stop paying attention to game-winning details:

The Wings didn’t play very well Saturday in Game 5. The Blackhawks dominated from the opening faceoff and disrupted the Wings’ game plan. The Red Wings must return to what worked best between Game 2 and Game 4 of the series.

“I think it’s getting the puck out of our zone, battles along the boards, and you have to pinch down and take the body,” forward Drew Miller said. “We have to find a way to get the puck out. I think the offensive zone time, we didn’t have enough of it last game, so we have to find ways to get second and third chances instead of one-and-done.”

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The Wings could definitely benefit from getting another solid game out of third-liners Joakim Andersson, Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist. The trio has accounted for six playoff goals, including three against the Blackhawks.

“That third line is supposed to win you the series. That’s what depth is all about,” Babcock said. “That’s what happened for Chicago and Anaheim in the regular season. Their third lines were better than everyone else’s. You get mismatches and you end up with your top group playing against somebody that’s not capable of playing against them. But because your third line’s good, the coach can play anybody against anybody.”

Setting the tone early in Game 6 can likely go a long way in deciding the outcome of tonight’s contest, Nyquist said.

“We have to come out hard and come out desperate. It’s a big game for us,” he said. “We’re playing at home and you know that they have to win to extend their season. We have a big game coming up, so it’s going to be a tight one, but we’re going to come out hard and get a couple of hits in and get the crowd going.”

Update #13: Per the Detroit News's Ted Kulan:

Gustav Nyquist knew about the Red Wings' octopus throwing tradition at Joe Louis Arena even back in Sweden.

"The octopus would come out when you scored here," Nyquist said. "I saw it on television. I thought it was pretty cool. Always a lot of fun, and it gets the crowd going."

Some Blackhawks have complained about the tradition, and defenseman Duncan Keith has even suggested the Red Wings should get a penalty. But Nyquist sees it as an opportunity to excite fans, just as the national anthem at United Center, where fans roar throughout the anthem.

"It works both ways," Nyquist said. "The crowd in Chicago during the anthem gets pretty rowdy and here it's the octopus. Every place has its own little thing. I like ours."

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OnlyWings's avatar

I don’t buy that bullshit for a minute, nor do I buy the concept that the Hawks have “all the momentum” going into tonight’s game, but I’m also the one suggesting that the Wings bring their knives to a gunfight.

Love that opinion!!! Thanks George


That is why I said I was going to try?? and not read Hawks quotes for this game.  I have enough stress worrying about what the Wings do and say!

Thanks!  Hope we have a different series to talk about Tuesday! LGRW

Posted by OnlyWings on 05/27/13 at 12:25 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Its funny to hear the “Hawks as underdogs” line of discussion going on.  At least Anaheim had a shadow of an argument on that front.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/27/13 at 12:54 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

third line is supposed to win you the series

and we have a 3rd line that has developed into one of the best in the league. the kids need to be FLYING tonight.

somebody hit Nyquist in the junk with a soccer ball.  he scored a goal last time that happened (two games ago).

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/27/13 at 02:48 PM ET

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