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by George Malik on 04/21/11 at 05:36 PM ET
As we wait for the Red Wings’ team plane to land at Metro Airport and the Red Wings to emerge from the plane and offer a few quips and quotes to the press—there’s no practice today as the Wings will have spent three-and-a-half hours and 1,700+ miles in the air—here are a few Red Wings-Coyotes tailings for your reading pleasure, anchored by an article from Fox Sports Detroit’s John Keating.
Keating, writing from Red Bird II, says that the Wings fans who are already worried about the Wings having to shake off as much as a week’s worth of rust thanks to their sweep of the Coyotes need not to work themselves in a tizzy worrying about about Lady Byng Trophy finalist Nicklas Lidstrom and his supporting cast spending too many evenings watching hockey instead of playing it:
[T]he Red Wings have just accomplished a scintillating feat by sweeping away their first-round opponent. The red marks from their backslapping hadn’t yet disappeared, and mokes like me had to ask the obvious question.
“Ummm, aren’t you worried now that you’ll get TOO MUCH rest before Round 2?”
It will likely be a week before the Red Wings play again. With late-night starts in Phoenix this week, our body clocks will just get a chance to readjust before they’re thrown out of whack again. That’s ok. My body and I have an understanding. Sleep is overrated. There are beverages to make you feel better.
The likeliest scenario is one that makes Red Wings fans antsy—seeing San Jose in Round 2. But in spite of an attractive roster of skill-setted players, there always seems to be something missing a little with the Sharks. Selma Hayek has a cold sore. George Clooney won’t stop burping. They have to battle through this perception that they should have won a couple of Cups by now and that they haven’t hangs over them like alimony.
The Red Wings will become hockey viewers for the next week. Unfortunately for them, they won’t have the treat of hearing B-Dab and the April in the D theme song as they watch hockey. They will be interested spectators but abiding by the long-treasured axiom that you root for no one as you await your next opponent. You don’t want to pick your poison. The poison thing almost always leads to a preordained ending, eerie silence and joining a baseball season, already in progress.
There are worse problems to have. Crabgrass. Hangnails. Spam (I mean the emails—not the meat-like substance, but now that I think about it, Spam would be a worse thing to have also.) All things about which to complain. Which makes some of us strangely happy.
• The Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo offered a few more takes on the Wings’ sweep of the Coyotes and its implications going forward;
• This one didn’t post till the middle of the morning, and I’m still on Phoenix time, so here are some quips and quotes from the Wings after Wednesday night’s game, via DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:
RED WINGS COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the first period:“I thought it was a good game by our team. In the first period, obviously, a couple goals went in off our feet and we didn’t have good sticks, but we played a good first period as well, because they’re charged up, they’re fired up and we outshot them 12-6.”
On the possibility of getting Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg back in the second round: “They’ll be ready to go, which is good obviously. We’re a way better team if we got Mules (Franzen) and ‘Z’ (Zetterberg) and we’re way deeper on three of our four lines now because Helmer’s (Darren Helm) line is so good, so that will really help us out.”
Detroit Red Wings Forward Todd Bertuzzi
On Phoenix : “We got a lot of respect for that team over there. They work hard, they play hard, they’re a tough opponent and they played with everything they had and you got to tip your hats off to them, but it’s nice to get it over with, get to Detroit and get a little bit of rest here and get ourselves ready (for the next round).”
On his team’s composure: “We didn’t lose our composure; they came back on us a couple times and got some big goals. I thought we really stayed with it; great discipline and really patient and I think it paid off.”
RED WINGS FORWARD DANNY CLEARY
On winning the WQC series: “Guys are all excited, no matter what the age, especially. Guys like Bert (Todd Bertuzzi), and Mo (Mike Modano) and Drapes (Kris Draper) and Nik (Nicklas Lidstrom) and Holmer (Tomas Holmstrom), they’re all so excited, and it certainly shows in everybody’s play and it was a big series for us.”
• The Wings are also continuing to update their “Twenty Straight” website with playoff moments from this year’s run;
• I get to be mean about only one thing that a Coyote said after Wednesday night’s loss: Ilya Bryzgalov’s nothing less than a jerk for suggesting to the Winnipeg Sun’s Paul Friesen that Siberia’s better than Winnipeg. I took that very personally given my ties to the Peg;
• MLive’s Ansar Khan posted a late-breaking note about Mike Modano’s return to the lineup;
• The Detroit News’s Terry Foster wrote a rare hockey column while taking the pulse of the Wings’ fan base;
• And ESPN’s EJ Hradek says that the Wings are legitimate Cup contender...in an insider-only article.
• From Fox Sports Detroit:
Back in the day, an octopus tossed on the ice at playoff time represented the eight victories (legs) it took for the Detroit Red Wings to earn hockey’s Stanley Cup. It’s a tradition nearly 60 year old and seemingly harmless—except for the octopus.
Now it takes 16 playoff victories to win the Cup (two octopi tied together) and throwing just one on the ice could earn you a hefty fine.
The NHL reportedly approached the Detroit Police Department before the playoffs started and told them to apprehend and fine any fan that throws octopi on the ice during a game.
With the Red Wings safely through to Round 2 of the playoffs, more octopi are likely to fly at Joe Louis Arena and more fines could come. Mr. X in [this video report] better beware.
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