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Not Only The Turning Point Of The Game, But Maybe The Series Too

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 The Detroit Red Wings had a glorious opportunity to put the game away, getting a five-minute power play when leading by a goal late in the second period.

But, they couldn't generate much pressure, let alone score. Then, their man-advantage was cut short by 49 seconds due to their own penalty. Then,  Ryan Getzlaf scored a power-play goal with 32 seconds remaining in the second period to tie it for the Anaheim Ducks.

Detroit still had chances to win in the third period. But, after Nick Bonino scored at 1:54 of overtime to give Anaheim a 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series at the Honda Center, the Red Wings looked back at that botched power play as the turning point of the game.

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Red Wings-Ducks Game 5 quick take: not enough grit between the ears

Update: I have been acutely since Tuesday evening, so the quick take is all I can do tonight. I'm sorry.

The Detroit Red Wings just dropped an awful 3-2 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks, having whiffed on a 5-minute major power play (Daniel Winnik won't be suspended because Danny Cleary returned) and having absolutely abandoned Jimmy Howard to the wolves as the team was soft on the boards, soft on the soft ice and soft in the head...And now the Wings are heading back to Detroit needing to win on Friday or they're done.

Let me know what you think...I'll try to write up a recap.

Here: this is all I have to say as I have to go somewhere to bleed out of one of my orifaces: if you want to blame Brian Lashoff for this, you've missed the other four players on the ice.

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Wings-Ducks Game 5 will involve some ‘FSD Plus’ time

Via RedWingsFeed, Wings fans in Michigan who do not have access to Fox Sports Detroit Plus may miss FSD's pre-game leading up to Game 5, and, if you happen to live in area where NBCSN is blacking out its coverage of tonight's 10 PM-starting game (my cable provider is blacking out the NBCSN coverage), you might miss some of the game, period:

And as this is an NBCSN game in the U.S. and will air on TSN in Canada, Center Ice and GameCenter Live are blacked out as well. I've been referring people to Wiziwig.tv if you need to watch the game by any means necessary, but I can't guarantee your computer's safety in terms of dealing with ad-ware, spyware or pop-ups if you follow its links to semi-legal streams.

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Griffins-Marlies series gets underway on Friday

The Grand Rapids Griffis will begin their second-round playoff series against the Toronto Marlies starting on Firday, and the Griffins' PR department has posted an extensive (if not exhaustive) series preview. This is just a selection from the...Oh, about 8-page-long preview, and please take note that the AHL employs a 2-3-2 series format, so the Griffins will host Toronto for 3 straight home games beginning on May 15th:

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A ‘sensitive’ subject indeed

The "Pavel Datsyuk situation" is a frustrating one for Red Wings fans--or at least this Red Wings fan--and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Datsuk addressed his status after today's morning skate:

Datsyuk has one year left on his contract. He said he isn’t thinking about what he will do when that expires, because “I have another year I can stay for sure. I like Detroit. I like it, it’s nice. Like playoffs. It’s different level, energy. Fans in jerseys, painted faces. It’s more fun. You feel bumps.”

A couple friends who were at Games 3 and 4 in Detroit were so impressed, Datsyuk said, “they say they never see anything like it. They love it. They addicted.”

Datsyuk paused. “Now I can be seller,” he said, smiling.

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No Changes For The Wings At This Point

According to the tweets of Ansar Khan, no changes in store if going by how the Wings are practicing.

Helm and Miller also skating.

If Babcock says anything of importance, I will add it here.

added 5:42pm, Mike Babcock talks after the skate today, watch below...

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Ducks Talk On An Off Day

The Ducks held an optional skate yesterday and some of the players and Coach Boudreau talked after the skate.

Watch 3:41 of Ducks talking...

 

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Jan Mursak Leaves The Wings’ Organization

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Jan Mursak, who was sent down to Grand Rapids Griffins following an injury-riddled stay in Detroit, has decided not to risk the wait to play with another NHL organization next season.

The 25-year-old right winger confirmed Tuesday he signed a two-year contract with Amur Khabarovsk, a team in the KHL. The deal, announced in Russia, is for one season with player option for the second season.

“I would love to stay here in the states, but so far in the NHL I haven’t had much luck with the injuries,” Mursak said. “I think it was time to move on and try something new. I got a really good offer and I couldn’t refuse it.”

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Game 6 starts at 8 on Friday. Does the NHL enjoy making Wings fans lose sleep?

I have just come back from my first shopping trip in two weeks. I am exhausted (stupid norovirus has taken a liking to its unwelcome abode, and despite casting verbal aspersions its way, it has informed me that it does not wish to leave) and grumpy, so I'm going to proffer a Huge Show-style conspiracy theory--and please bear in mind that I'm saying this with a heavy dose of sarcasm:

Is it just me, or are the NHL's TV schedule-makers trying to milk every last ounce of sleep out of Wings' fans bones before the team moves to the Eastern Conference?

Tomorrow night's game starts at 10 PM EDT, and just as the case was on Monday, the Red Wings will host Game 6 at the time too many lower-bowl fans show up fashionably late to the Joe:

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Your Ducks Update For Today

from Kyle Shohara at the Ducks website,

With home ice for two of the next three games (if the series goes seven), the Ducks will be able to get the matchups they desire, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says the advantages are miniscule because of how tight the series has been.

“It’s a pretty tight series,” Boudreau said. “When we’re talking advantages, we’re talking miniscule things here. Home ice allows us to change last and to get the matchups that you would like to do. But quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead.

“If you don’t get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups but you’re going to have to change because you need to score goals. We’ll get the last change which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get [Pavel] Datsyuk’s line against one specific line and we tried to change it a few times. It’s a difficult thing to do.”

As expected, the mood was somber inside the Ducks locker room last night, but Getzlaf and Boudreau said the key to success is staying on an even keel.

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