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by George Malik on 04/20/14 at 07:00 PM ET
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.
“On the power play, I thought their penalty kill forecheck was good. On special teams, they won the faceoffs so they cleared it down. Our power play breakout failed to execute so we got no zone time. It was like an exercise in skating up and down the rink. We weren’t very good on specialty teams.’’
Despite that, the Red Wings had clawed back to 2-1 as the second period was drawing to an end before Milan Lucic struck at 18:16 to restore the two-goal edge.
“As poor as we were, I thought in the second period we got the game to right where we wanted it. It’s 2-1, going to be going into the third [period]. It’s a simple two-on-two cross play and we don’t execute on it and now we’re down, 3-1, and the game’s over. We weren’t very good here tonight.’’
Meanwhile, NHL.com's Matt Kalman filed an early recap in which Daniel Alfredsson, the Romulan that he is, suggests that the Bruins owned the neutral zone...
"We didn't set up in their end," Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson said about his team's power play. "Our breakouts, I think they read them too easily, and they did a good job in the neutral zone. Seems like we got hesitant and we weren't as assertive as we normally are, and I think that's been one of our strong suits is setting up in the other teams end. We are going to have to do a much better job of that because that's probably the difference today, the special teams."
And Babcock told Kalman what he told the Wings about their penalty-prone ways and willingness to engage in post-whistle scrums, including a first period which ended with Brendan Smith trying to engage Zdeno Chara:
"I just think you've got to decide what you want to do," he said. "Do you want to play like them or play like us?
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