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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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thoughts on Game 3 WCF (5-2 win in Dallas)

-- Brenden Morrow was shaken by Kris Draper's third-period hit, but coach Dave Tippett said that Morrow will be fine for Game 4.

-- Chris Osgood is playing like a championship goalie.

-- The Stars lost this game with bad defense and lack of hustle. Letting Jiri Hudler get behind them was a killer. Then on the next goal -- Zetterberg's shortie -- both Stephane Robidas and Mike Ribeiro stopped skating even though Hank was bearing down 1-on-1 on Brad Richards. Unforgivable. Had either Star backchecked, Zetterberg wouldn't have had the middle of the ice as an option.

-- Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg vs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Forgive me. I just like the sound of that. I'm not talking about the Stanley Cup final, of course. I'd never jinx the Wings like that.

-- The Wings do miss Johan Franzen a lot. Tonight, Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk carried the offensive load. In Game 2, the Wings squeaked by with a two-goal outing. Scoring from the line of Filppula-Samuelsson-Cleary is imperative. They have to start clicking. Cleary was bumped up to keep that line going, but it's not. The Draper-Maltby-Drake line isn't going to score. And the Helm-Hudler-McCarty line has only a slightly better chance of scoring. In order to keep this from being a one-line team, the Filppula line has to start scoring with or without Franzen.

-- Niklas Kronwall is a remarkable passing defenseman.


Blogger Alex said...

You didn't finish your comment about Ozzie! He's playing like a championship goalie *because*... He's confident. He comes out far to stop stuff. He is enclosing pucks well. He is good with the glove when need be. He is good with the stick and doesn't do to much (risky moves) with the puck behind the net like Turco does.

Any word on Franzen? I'm sick of hearing rumors that the organization is quiet because he's supposedly done for the whole playoffs.

May 13, 2008 at 1:50 AM 
Blogger Kurt said...


So glad that you mentioned the failure of Ribeiro and Robidas to get back. Actually I blame Ribeiro more as Robidas had pinched in on the PP and Ribeiro really should have been back (buy yes, Robidas could have made it back as well). It's like Ribeiro said "it's OK, Richards is back, I will wait for him to gather the puck and pass it to me." Unforgiveable in a crucial game 3.

May 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM 

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