2007 Playoffs Round 3 - Wings vs. Mighty Ducks

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  1. roscoe36

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    Here are last night's press transcripts. I didn't include the Ducks...

    Dominik Hasek: It was very disappointing. What can I say? I mean, they're very aggressive. They're very aggressive around the net and they scored all the goals off of the rebounds and the deflections. I don't know what to say about it. It's sad to lose a game and go home.



    Q. What were the final moments like when you were sitting on the bench just watching the flurry of activity for your team and not even having a chance to make it there?

    Dominik Hasek: We came back in the third unfortunately after we scored our first one, then they scored a fourth one. We scored two more goals and then we had power play. You're sitting on the bench and you hope for something and unfortunately it didn't come.



    Q. (Question about goals being scored early)?

    Dominik Hasek: Don't want to blame anyone. We lost three guys. We didn't do our job. We were trying hard. We made some mistakes and they were - like I said, they were very aggressive around the net. They scored three goals on rebounds. It's hard to win if you get up four goals, but still we had a good chance at the end. Unfortunately it didn't go in the net.



    Q. What in your mind was the biggest difference in this game? You guys got done to a 3-0 deficit early on. Why?

    Henrik Zetterberg: It was some tough goals out there, especially their third one was a real tough one for us. We put a real good effort to come back, and even though they got the fourth goal, came up and scored three goals and had three chances and knowing them - right now it's real tough and -



    Q. I know you guys, coming into this - you played the better games throughout the series. These four games, you thought you outplayed them in the series. Did you think they were the better team the entire series?

    Henrik Zetterberg: They are (indiscernible) so it's tough to say if they were a better team. They won more games than we did and just got (indiscernible) for them.



    Q. How tough is it that you guys came out the way you did in the first period? Obviously the biggest game of the season?

    Henrik Zetterberg: Well, you want it so much and we came out and maybe still didn't too much. We were thinking and moving. They just kept coming, kept coming and we didn't have enough (indiscernible) in our team.

    So first period I think was a tough one. But I think in the third we played better.



    Q. Just talk about the first two periods. What did you see there?

    Coach Mike Babcock: It's obvious both teams want to win and they got a shorthanded goal early and I thought we lost our composure a little bit. And in the end you're wanting to win so bad, I thought it got in the way of our poise and our execution.

    Yet you gotta give them credit. The Games 4 and 5 where we played at every opportunity to win and let them slip away, that in the end cost us in the end.

    You have to tip your hat to Anaheim. They've got a good team and they found a way to get it done and they are going to play a good Ottawa team.



    Q. Mike, looked like you were changing a lot of your line combinations for most of the game. Your rally in the third period, was that solely a matter of desperation or did you find an offensive line combination that worked or was it both?

    Coach Mike Babcock: The bottom line is when it's not working you better do something about it and so you try to do that. But in the end we were able to claw our way back into the game. You gotta give our guys a lot of credit for that. I thought they really battled. And we had an opportunity, but in the end we didn't get it done.

    I don't think it has anything to do with line combinations. It has to do with the will of the individual, and we weren't happy with obviously how things have gone through two periods and wanted to do something about it.



    Q. Can you talk about down the stretch there, got a little crazy there on both ends, what were you thinking from the court side?

    Coach Mike Babcock: I was thinking we have to find a way to shoot it in the net. The composure - and you're going to see this in the Finals, because the Finals are another level of it, too, is you want to win so bad and you want to be there so bad.

    Sometimes you try to do too much and you're not as composed as you should be. And that was evident probably in the finish for them as well. And it affected us early in the game; it affected them late in the game.



    Q. Obviously there's disappointment not getting into the Finals. Is there a different feel this year, the fact -

    Coach Mike Babcock: We're still playing, so that makes it - last year we were one and out. I am proud of the guys. When Kronwall got hurt in Dallas, I almost threw up on the bench. Just because I thought you lose a marquee D man like that at playoff time, how do you overcome that? When we lost Schneider in game 3 of the San Jose series, you're saying to yourself, how the heck is this going to work? And I thought our guys battled and competed hard. There's not too many teams that could lose Schneider and Kronwall and Schneider and be here and continue to play well and represent the league like our guys did.

    So we have a lot of guys come a long way this year to say the least. We're a team that's - everyone talks about how old we are, yet we've added a lot of young people that have done a real good job for us. And we think we're a team that's rebuilding and still trying to stay on top.



    Q. Mike, have you talked to Dom yet and what his intentions are for next season?

    Coach Mike Babcock: No, I haven't. I'm not going to for a while. Our whole focus, as you can imagine, was just on doing this and everyone's disappointed right now. But we'll have an opportunity to talk to Dom and kind of get our business plan, too, where we're going.



    Q. Do you think he can still play?

    Coach Mike Babcock: Why not?



    Q. Mike, your first two series against Calgary and San Jose were very physical and intense. Do you think maybe you guys got a little bit tired in the first couple of periods tonight, you think that might have showed?

    Coach Mike Babcock: No, I don't think that showed one bit. I don't think that had anything to do with it. I mean, the bottom line is, like I said, we let Game 4 and 5 slip away. Tonight they were at home. They scored early, were shorthanded, win a face-off. Got momentum and energy and we weren't handling the pressure they were putting on us with much poise. They ended up scoring. We had 3-0. I thought we got ourselves back in the game. The fourth goal ended up being a killer for us.

    I don't think energy level has anything to do with it or who you played in the past. The bottom line is they were able to get it done.
     
  2. anakin

    anakin First Round Draft Pick

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    Disappointed with the result but have never been prouder to be a Wings slappy. The boys overachieved in a season where expectations were non-existent to low. Lilja played his heart out, I'd keep him. Datsyuk showed maturity. The loss of Schneider really hurt the PP and defense, with the additional minutes soaked up by Lids and Chelli. Hats of to them. Hasek was unbelievable for the most part and kept us in the thick of things. Ducks got some lucky breaks but are a damn good team. That Getzlaf line was excellent. Giggy stood on his head. Overall a great post-season performance by the Wings. Not sure how the off-season will play out for Lang, Berts and Schneids.
     
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    Thanks for the posts guys.
     
  4. Superstarov

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    It was a good run.

    I like the way the future looks.

    Dom played well. But I would still like to see them track down a younger stud for goal.

    Osgood isn't the answer, but a solid back-up. (under contract anyway)

    Zetts played strong once he got his legs back.

    Dats should have silenced all doubters.

    Filpulla was awesome for a rookie.

    Homer showed how important he really is.

    Lang is a question mark, and probably won't be back. Just hasn't produced enough. (UFA)

    Samuleson was really streaky, and needs to throw his big body around more.

    Bertuzzi will probably be back in my opinion, but it should be for a short contract. (UFA)

    Drapes looked steady as usual.

    Maltby was his usual agitating self.

    Cleary was a great utility player and a big spark. I'll remember the excitement of his penalty shot for a long time.

    Franzen seemed slower than usual, and tentative on the physical side.

    Hudler should be back and should play a bigger role next season. (RFA)

    The Calder experiment was no good, probably gone. He just didn't do enough of what they brought him here to do. (UFA)

    Kopecky looked rusty, and couldn't shake it. He'll be back.

    Still waiting to see Grigorenko.

    Markov should be back, he was a steady stay at home D-man. (UFA)

    Schneider has run his course. The PP actually improved when he went out. Let him go play for the Rangers. (UFA)

    Lilja played with more physical aggression than I've ever seen him play with. He is under contract.

    Kronwall needs to get the voodoo hex taken off of him or something. He's under contarct until 2012, and hasn't had a healthy full season yet.

    Chelios is a warrior and will probably be back. (UFA)

    Lebda played well, and will only get better.

    Lidstrom was Lidstrom and should win the Norris again.

    Here's the full scoop. (that's redwingscentral.com)
     
  5. Woody

    Woody All-Star 1x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Thanks Super!

    A good review and a great chart.

    Can't wait for our fall fantasy league. You're in I HOPE!!!
     
  6. anakin

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    Lidstrom is the best "D" man in the league and probably the smartest hockey player of the Yzerman era. His instincts are uncanny and he is workhorse.
     
  7. Superstarov

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    Yeah, I should be in. But I'll probably be smoked by you guys again. It's embarassing. No more tutorials!
     
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    The F'n Ducks are a bunch of thugs !
    Redwings need to man up. After Homer got subdued we had nothing.
     

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