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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thoughts on Game 54 (3-1 win in Boston)

-- For one period, the Bruins' top line (centered by Marc Savard) outplayed the Red Wings' top line (centered by Henrik Zetterberg), pinning Detroit in its own zone for several long stretches. That flip-flopped in the second and third periods.
-- Derek Meech had a good game. He joined the rush at the right time once to create a 3-on-1.
-- I believe that was Tomas Holmstrom's fifth time being called for goaltender interference.
-- Pavel Datsyuk blew a streak when he scored the winning goal. He had assisted on the previous six Detroit goals and seven of the team's previous eight.
-- Datsyuk's sense of humor came out again after the game. Asked if the team is better with he and Zetterberg playing on the same line or not, he answered, "We're better if we both don't play." When a reporter came by after that and asked Datsyuk to repeat his answer, he said, "No I can't. If I repeat it different, then the other guy gets mad."
Datsyuk's serious answer to playing with or without Zetterberg on the line was, "I don't know what's better, but it's a lot more fun with him."
-- Coach Mike Babcock seemed a little bit irritated when the first question after the game centered on the Red Wings' slow start. "What more can you expect from us," answered Babcock, who pointed to the victory.
-- I think the Red Wings use the second half of the regular season just to warm up for the playoffs. Babcock will test his lines by having a different one match up against a top scoring threat. Tonight, the Wings did nothing to get the Zetterberg line away from Zdeno Chara (who played a very tough game). Absolutely nothing. I think they revel in that sort of matchup as a way to get in shape for the post-season.


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