2007 Playoffs Round 3 - Wings vs. Mighty Ducks

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  1. LA Dre

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    Agreed Roscoe, I watched the end of the game last night just to pick me up from the BB game. I too though this one was going 7, and was dissapointed in the OT loss in game 2, and pleasantly surpised that they were up 4-0.

    Maybe the Pistons should watch a tape of last nights Wings game to see if they can regain their heart and resilience. :) A chance for four Detroit champions is still in the mix.
     
  2. mikhail1973

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    This is Wings' chance to sease the control and put Anaheim on the ropes. The way the Wings are playing they should be able to pull through on this. Anaheim missing Pronger would be like Wings missing Lidstrom.
    Go Wings!!!
     
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    Wings will play hard and take advantage of the suspension. Ducks come out and also give 100% effort....

    Detroit wins game 4..........(3-2)
    Go Wings !!!!!!!!!
     
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    roscoe scoops tomorrow's papers... ;)

    May 16, 2007
    Mike Babcock
    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: Practice Day

    Q. Your thoughts on the suspension.

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, we got the best league in the world, we got the best people running it, the best officials. They did what they thought was right.

    Q. Can one guy make a big, big impact on a game?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Yeah. I think all the best players make a huge impact on the game. But if you think they're going away just 'cause of one guy - I think it's well documented, we're missing some pretty good D. Play. We're going to do the same.

    Our whole plan is to have the best game we can possibly have tomorrow. That's our whole focus. Doesn't matter the individuals we're playing, just the team we're playing.

    Q. The league ruled it was a blow to the head, which is something they're trying to get out of the game. Was one game enough? If Holmstrom doesn't come back, do you think it's more?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don't know. My brain doesn't work like that. To me you either did it or you didn't do it. Doesn't matter to me if someone comes back or doesn't come back. That has nothing to do with it in my mind the way I think.

    But I think the league made a decision and that's it. Let's move on.

    Q. One game enough, though?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I think the league made a decision. Let's move on.

    Q. How about your team? The Ducks are trying to forget about last night. Your team has to forget about last night?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Last night's over with. We're preparing for - we say this all year long. The most important game of the year is the one you're playing. Obviously for us that's tomorrow. We're in a series with a really good hockey club. It's our intention to just keep coming and keep coming and keep coming and find a way to win.

    It's not going to be easy. We're very respectful of our opponent, yet we think we got a good team.

    Q. Separating Pavel and Hank, can you talk about how much that not only sparked their two lines but all four lines and especially five-on-five play?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: That's part of it. I did that the night before, too, and nothing happened. Just we did it from the start till the end basically. The bottom line is our team played way better. We got skating. I didn't think we skated in the first two games of the series like we could. It looked a lot like the San Jose series where we weren't very good early.

    We think we can continue to get better. We thought we had the puck more. We thought we made better plays, and therefore had more speed. We have to continue to do that if we want to be successful.

    Q. Beyond the hit that he took, he scored two goals, Holmstrom. Does his impact on this team and these playoffs cease to amaze you at any point?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Who's tougher than Holmer? He gets hit in the eye in the Calgary series. Power play goes dead. Comes back, power play's turned around. Holmer to me is what our team's about. You can do what you want. You can cross-check him. You can smack him. You did whatever you want. He's going to keep coming. We plan on doing the same thing.

    I think that's important at this time of year. You're just not going to be deterred. You're a determined group that believes we have an opportunity, and we believe our effort and our preparation better be equal to the opportunity, and it's a good opportunity.

    Q. Talk about the back end and the way some of those guys have stepped up since Schneider has gotten hurt.

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: They're good players. A lot of people would tell you that one of the reasons they're better is because they get to play more now. Things have changed. But the bottom line is in this game, you got to have good fortune, good luck at playoff time with injuries. But when you don't, you got to get other people to step up and just play.

    I think they've been good. We expect them to be good. We got good players and we expect them to play hard.

    Q. When you came to training camp this year, you knew you weren't going to have Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, what did you think would happen in your dressing room in terms of leadership or chemistry? Are you surprised at how it's actually turned out seven or eight months later?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I'm not surprised one bit. I knew there was going to be a time for people to engage, to get comfortable to do what they do. I don't think Nicklas Lidstrom had any trouble with it whatsoever. I don't think Chris Chelios, those guys. I think the guys - I don't want to say trouble. The guys who had to get used to being the guys were Pav and Hank. They are the guys. They're the guys driving the bus up front. That's the facts. Before you could always wait for someone else, now you can't.

    When the game's on the line, you got to have poise. Your determination's got to come through. I think they've done a good job of that. You look at the determination of Pavel Datsyuk or the determination of Kris Draper, Henrik Zetterberg, it's a pretty determined group up front. Then you have Cheli, Lidstrom, Hasek in the net. We think that our group, leadership-wise, is as deep and as good as any. The thing about Nick is not only does he do everything right, but he has so much poise about him that, I mean, I think those things are contagious.

    Q. Brian Burke credited the Red Wings for not putting Tomas in an ambulance last night, maybe trying to milk it for more, a longer suspension, whatever. Were you trying to make any kind of statement or was he just ready to play?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I told you, Tomas is a tough guy. Everybody saw it. He's got cuts, he's got 13 stitches. It's not like it's a boo-boo here we're talking about. This is a guy who wants to play, and we're about playing.

    If you think there was any thought process into, Oh, how can we milk this? That's not how it works. I said already, I don't believe that's how the league should work. Did you do something? Did you not do something? Make a decision. The league did. We're fine by it. Let's go.

    Q. Not depending on how badly injured the player was; just by the act itself?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Straightforward to me.
     
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    On the radio last nite Carlyle was like, "Well we didn't control our emotions."
    Yeah and you almost killed a guy.
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    Hey I got one side right...1-0
    Next game 6-0 Wings and Giguere is put out to pasture.
     
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    That's not accurate at all.

    Kopecky had a borken collarbone, and has been healthy for months. Calder wasn't effective. And instead of inserting a smaller, finesse tyoe player in Hudler, they went to Kopecky. The reason Kopecky didn't play sooner was because there was no room for him. This team is deep at forward. No need for 3rd and 4th line players to play injured.
     
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    Roscoe, scoopin the papers again!

    May 17, 2007
    Mike Babcock
    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: Game Four



    Q. Do you try to do anything to exploit the fact that Pronger is not there or could you just play your game?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: You always know who's on the ice, who you're playing against. We'll do the same as always. What I found in this playoffs, if you go through our group, you know, we're missing lots of people. I'd say we're missing two of the top three on our team.

    To me, they're going to use that as a rallying thing. We're going to use it as it doesn't make any difference, we got to keep playing, playing hard, playing intelligent, keep our composure, get after them.




    Q. When a team loses a game, more often than not they talk the next time they've got to work harder, work smarter. Don't most teams and most players believe that they're working as hard as they can every game? Where does the extra come from?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I think what you do is, in a series, you point out nuances, things you're not doing well. I'm a big believer anyway, normally in a series one team starts to get better and one team starts to get worse. It's not that the team isn't good. Whether it's pressure, whether it's panic, whether it's execution, they don't seem to be able to find a way to get it done.

    For us, anyway, I can only talk about us, what we try to do is we try to focus on the things, the foundation we built all year long, but the parts we're missing in that, try to do things a little better that allows our skill to come out.

    I'm a big believer that work ethic - first thing you do is get prepared to work. The second thing you do is within the structure of the team, and then your skill is allowed to come out. If you don't do those things, your skill doesn't come out. Competition level at playoff time is everything.



    Q. When people talk about cranking up their game, is there a gear missing that they don't even - they're not aware is missing?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I think sometimes, you know, that's what your wife is for. Sometimes you get in there, you can't see the forest for the trees. I often find people sitting back, watching without emotion can sometimes see things better than you can. You think everything's going right; in reality, it might not be.

    We have a good group around us. We bounce a lot of things off people. The bottom line to me is, everybody's trying. Everybody's trying to compete like crazy. But we all need to be reminded. Sometimes we got to see it for ourselves. Is that a video clip? Is that just by talking to a guy? But collectively you all got to be doing it right and doing it together.



    Q. The effect of bouncing around Datsyuk and Zetterberg in Game 3, besides the end result and winning, did you get the effect of them rubbing off the way they played? First couple games, was that an attention-getter for some other players? Did you get the effect you wanted?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: You know, I said this to Zetty. In a series, often at playoff time, you figure your best player has to be your best player. After two games, our best players were our best players. We needed the group.

    So we thought that was important. Sometimes in a series, it takes you a while to figure it out. You know, who knows if we have. We're going to see tonight. But we thought we were better. We thought we handled the puck better, skated better. But we have to do the same tonight.

    What I've seen in our playoff series this year is there's been - even Calgary series, San Jose series, there's been no momentum carried from game to game. We had to start over each and every night. We expect it to be that tough tonight.



    Q. Not talking specifically about the hit the other night, but in the press conference the other night you talked about you sometimes wonder about the respect among hockey players. Can you elaborate a bit more on that? Do you think maybe some of the respect players had for each other - I don't think anybody is talking about people want to hurt each other, but just sometimes the way the game's played, hits that are dealt out, do you think sometimes that's missing a little bit?

    COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No. Actually I think the respect amongst the players is at an all-time high. I think the players know each other better than they ever did in the league. I think they work together as a group to do the best they can for one another. I don't think anybody ever intentionally, with malice, tries to hurt anybody.

    Sometimes we react in the game in a way that, you know, if you had a ton of time to think about it, that might not have been the result. But I think the respect factor is there.
     
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    The only reason Kopecky is playing is because Calder has been extremely ineffective. After Kopecky recovered from his injury, Wings said that he is not going to play until the next year because he was off for so long. That is why I said that he wasn't supposed to be back. At the same time many sports writers indicated that Calder might be nursing some kind of injury. Of course, Calder and the Wings said that he's fine. That is all I am saying.
     
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    Oh well. 2-2 tie. I had Wings in 7 , so...no problem !GO WINGS!
     
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    Wings scored 3.........Usually enough in playoff hockey...........
     
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    They still grabbed home court back, but wish they could have taken this game with Pronger watching from the Sportsbar across the street. :mad:
     
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    The Wings blew a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold on this series. We'll see if it comes back and bites them in the behind. So far they have been resilient in the playoffs, so hopefully this will not affect their run.
     
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    I was a little worried about this. That ANA might rally around the suspension.

    Not to worry, we'll get back to work at home.

    Babcock won't tolerate any less.
     
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    It's on Hasek........he gave up 5 goals with just a few shots on goal.
    Bettin he comes up big in game 5.........

    Wings Win..........(3-2) !!!!!!!!!
     
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    Should Hasek have been pulled?
    Giguere was pulled for 4 quick goals.
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    Let's see if Cleary can step up again.
     
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    Senators just beat the Sabres........4 games to 1. Gotta make it to the Stanley Cup finals. We get Home Ice advantage......
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    :usa: is a :lock1: to beat :canada: Go Wings!!!!!
     
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    I'm not trying to ruffle your feathers, but Kopecky was getting pretty regular playing time before the injury. He was expected to be sidelined for 10-12 weeks. And by the time we was ready to come back, we had Calder and Bertuzi, so he didn't play. He was cleared to play a month ago by doctors and has been skating hard in practice since.

    Was Calder playing poorly? Yeah. I've even read he may have a broken hand. He wasn't super valuable when he was 100%.

    The Wings have had a log jam at forward all season. I don't think they'd rush Kopecky back when they have other young guys chomping at the bit to play.

    That is all I am saying.
     
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    Unflipping believable. 1-1
     
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    Ducks have completely outplayed the Wings this period. That goal could turn this series. Sigh.
     

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