WINGS PLAYOFF THREAD

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  1. BallDon'tLie

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    Derren Helm is really impressing the hell out of me during these playoffs. All the guy does is hit people, hustle and score goals (he DID have a couple of bad give-aways last night though).

    Darren Helm is a "Little Ball o' HATE"!
     
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    Uhmmmm....You did? Where? When...just now? I've heard these kinds of "predictions" from you in the past, AFTER the series is over or when it is nearly over. :pound::pound::pound:
     
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    Wings got this. They're just loosing up the puck for a 7-5 game.
    Burn goalies Burn
     
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    Wings will win game 5. Score will be 6-3. An early big lead will frustrate the Pens. Breaks will also be going our way.
     
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    I look for a far better game from the Wings tonight than the last one. Datsyuk will be back, which will help on both ends of the ice, and reduce the defensive load on Zetterburg, who has been covering Crosby (for the most part) and Malkin. I'm concerned that game 4 has given the Pens a newfound confidence against the Wings, but if we win tonight game 4 will be forgotten, and the Pens will be facing elimination next Tuesday against a rested Wings team.
     
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    Kronwall is an idiot.

    Wings came out flat. Pens are bringing the house.

    All of the Wings stars are not playing their A-game. Refs are letting the Pens get away with some interference, I am not impressed.

    Our big horses like Mule and Homer can't setup in front of the net with this pace of the game. We'll have to do our damage on the PP.
     
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    I actually said WINGS IN 3 , but two series ago, I knew it would take 7 bcuz of the Oz factor.
     
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    1-0...the rest of the game is up to OZ!!!
     
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    Where are the wings slappies?
     
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    Need the Penguins to score some goals to make my prediction look good.
    So far...5-0 Wings. Pens look frustrated...Another nice prediction.
     
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    We're too busy jumping up and down to post!! What a period, what a game!
     
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    5-0!!

    And no Nemo.

    Game 6 Victory > Game 7 Victory
     
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    As I get older, I can appreciate when I am watching greatness.

    This is a fantastic team. Maybe the best hockey team I have ever watched.
     
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    Total domination tonight. One more to go!!
     
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    Q. Your thoughts on the lift Datsyuk gave the team?

    Mike Babcock: Well, I think I said this earlier, if he played the series without Malkin and Crosby and they suddenly come -- this guy's one of the best players in the world both offensively and defensively in the winter. Just makes the team more comfortable. We need plays, and suddenly we relaxed and we made plays.

    We've been able to have success, but it's been much harder, obviously, without him. And you have to learn to win a different way and find a way. I've been very impressed with our guys finding a way. We bought time so he can come back, and ideally he can help us get over the top.

    Q. Do you get anymore value winning a game by five in terms of more momentum in the series?

    Mike Babcock: I don't buy any of that. I don't even buy momentum. I tell you guys that all the time and no one listens.

    We won a game today. It's a huge win for our team. Feel real good about ourself. And the biggest part is the extra days off. That's the best thing that we've got to this point is to get the extra days off and we'll be a better team.

    We haven't been able to win in their building in two previous games, but we'll be prepared and focused and ready to go when we get there.

    Q. What did you think of the slash of Talbot with Pavel Datsyuk, and was it a little too conveniently placed for your liking?

    Mike Babcock: Well, I wouldn't -- I'm not going there. The bottom line is they're doing what they can to win, and we're going to do what we can to win.

    Q. You mentioned buying time for Datsyuk to come back. What is it about -- just talk about the patience of not having a guy come back until he clearly can perform at this level, not rushing him back which it appeared you didn't do?

    Mike Babcock: Oh, we rushed him back, believe me. If this was a regular season, he wouldn't be playing. But, you know, after while what do you save him for? All there is is summer. Everyone can get better in the summer.

    We're doing everything we can to try to on win this. People always talk about having a shot to win, you never have a shot to win this thing until you've won three games. We've won three games in the Final. We have a legitimate chance. He just gives us that much more confidence, and that much more calm, and that much more belief in the opportunity we have.

    Q. What was the difference on the power play tonight?

    Mike Babcock: Well, we got it back. We weren't one and done like we've been so much this series. You know, it's like anything, confidence is a huge thing. We zip it in the net. Then it just goes from there.

    Actually, think we got one right at the end, too, so it could have been more. We really declined those power plays at the end. I just thought it was good for our team. We got a kill tonight, which we hadn't been getting. That was a momentum boost for us. We wanted to be aggressive, and we did.
    A good night for us on specialty teams, that's been a big part of this crowd.

    Q. What can you take from this game that you can bring into Pittsburgh on Tuesday?

    Mike Babcock: Well, it's going to be a new game, obviously. But I think the big thing here is just the biggest thing that we're going to get is like I said, a day off tomorrow. They don't have to come to the rink. A practice day the following day, be that much fresher.

    Don't get me wrong. They've played a lot of games, too. We just finished Anaheim and we had to start with Chicago. And we just seem to be a worn down team. I thought we had good jump tonight, and I also thought it's an amazing thing. We had no jump in the last game when they scored all the goals. Didn't look like they had much jump when we scored all the goals. It's amazing how tired you look when you're not scoring and they are.

    Q. Along that path since the last game, everybody's been talking about how worn out Zetterberg looked, how tired he was chasing Crosby. He had six, seven shots tonight, two points. Do you think that's something he maybe took personally?

    Mike Babcock: If he's like me, he didn't read it. And it wasn't everybody, it was you guys. So I've said this all along is that you guys are paid to cover the game, and we're involved in the game. So we have a tendency to know what's going on.

    In Game 4 in Pittsburgh, he didn't even play against Crosby the majority of the night, so that had nothing to do with it. But did he look fatigued when we got down 4-2? Yeah, like about 20 other guys on our team. So that's just part of it.

    He's got two days off now. He played quite a bit tonight just because of the power plays in the first two periods, and I don't know what he played in the end. But the bottom line is everyone will be ready to go next game.

    Q. Along that vein, Mike, we've covered a lot of teams in a lot of sports who would have taken not our comments but the comments of the Pittsburgh room from the Pittsburgh players who said these guys look tired, Zetterberg looks tired, and they would have made a lot of use out of those comments. It seems your team did not, and how come?

    Mike Babcock: I don't know. When we play well do our guys talk about their team like that?

    Q. Was there any legitimacy, nonetheless, to wonder about a team that is that much younger that Pittsburgh is compared to you? To wonder if, in fact, this team might be wearing down, and it was definitely on its heels coming back here?

    Mike Babcock: Well, I mean, I keep hearing about how old we are. But when I watch Fil play, doesn't look like he's that old, and Datsyuk and Zetterberg are not that old, and Hossa's not that old, and Mule's not so old, so who is old? Cheli's older than me, I give you that.

    But I guess the way I look at it is I hear this all the time. I think if you go through and take out a few guys, I don't think we're that old. Our goalie is 36. I mean you know, Nick and Rafi are older guys, but to me that isn't an issue. It's just a matter of some nights they're playing better than we are, and that's the facts in the series.

    Now age has nothing to do with it. There's two days off between games.

    Q. You often talk about timing on' a penalty kill. The timing of that first one when it was scoreless, looking back, how big was that?

    Mike Babcock: Real big. The other thing that was so important for us was we talked a lot about preparing for these games was the special teams battle had to be better. We just couldn't keep losing that battle. We had to compete harder and be better on both specialty teams in order to have success. Our guys have a lot of pride and we wanted to do that.

    Q. The shift where Datsyuk knocks Malkin on his key center and moments later sets up Cleary, is that where you say to yourself okay, we're in good hands here? There has to be some doubt how much back he is.

    Mike Babcock: Well, I think the shift that we noticed where Rafi made the great outlet pass, Pav's in the right spot, and set up Cleary for the goal. Calm through the neutral zone, not going fast, just executing.

    If you remember correctly last year in the playoffs I think Pav was our leading finish check guy. He can run over top of you. Obviously he isn't skating or having the stability that he normally does, but it was a great finish check. We haven't been able to get many on Malkin in the series, so it was good.

    Q. Is that the lucky McGill tie, and does it come off the rest of the way?

    Mike Babcock: Yeah, she'll be off. You know, I don't know if it was lucky before tonight, but we won tonight. And I'm just thankful for the opportunity. It's good to have friends here supporting us.

    Q. Hossa hasn't scored a lot of goals, but just talk to the little things he's been doing? He got another assist tonight. He drew a penalty, and just some of those things he's been doing to help out?

    Mike Babcock: He was big and physical tonight. That's what I said to him. He's a good looking player when he's playing like that. We need him going to the net, and we need him physical and we need him on the net. The rest of the stuff all looks after itself. You don't have to worry about that stuff if you're doing that.
     
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    Took my wife dancing after it was 1-0( Hows that for confidence????)

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    - Osgood WASgood!!! He was John Cena in goal tonight! He was Justin verlander tonight!

    - Pavel put his ass in it tonight. He , Hank and Hossa were stars where stars had to be stars tonight

    - Penquins are the NOT ready for Prime Time Players

    - THE JLA was the number one star! Did u hear them singing tonight? especially I WANNA ROCKNROLL ALL NIGHT after the music had stopped? LMAO!!

    - I wanna win Game 6..but then againnnn....OK I'll shut up!!!:MusicBigGrin:
     
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    Old fashioned beat down. Penguins looked pretty darn good in the first 10 minutes of the game where their forecheckers were able cycle the puck down low. The key was that 1st goal which knocked the wind out of their sails. After that the Wings played the game at their tempo. If they play the up and down game with the younger Penguins they will lose. Slow down the game a bit, hold on to the puck and take the apart methodically. You can see the Penguins get impatient when they are denied the puck, and a goal or two gets by them. Very classless behavior w/ the cheap penalties i.e. headshot to Kronwall, hitting Datsyuk foot, cross-check to Franzen, It all works to the Wings advantage, as they always manage to keep their composure. They could have embarrassed them in the 3rd w/ a few more goals, but chose to play defensive hockey and wind the clock down. Close them out in 6 boys!!
     
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