It wasn't the ending we deserved, but it was the one we needed right now. Losing is the greatest teacher in hockey. If you think this hurts for you, I promise you Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist are dying inside. They, along with the rest of the kids on this team, will come back in October more motivated than they've ever been.
For Detroit to sweep Philly, they needed to get swept by New Jersey.
For Detroit to come back from 0-2 against Vancouver, they needed to blow a 2-0 lead to Colorado and L.A.
For Detroit to ______ they needed to lose to Chicago in 2013.
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Mike Babcock took a 7th place team within one shot of sending the President's Trophy winners to the golf course. I gave him hell early in the year because he deserved it. The team was unmotivated, unprepared and he was just going through the motions. But in the last month he has reminded me why he's the best. The Red Wings got hosed on calls in every game, even the ones they won, but Babcock only focused on his team. He outcoached Quenneville. After a top 6 forward was hurt early, he put Nyquist in his place and the team powered on. He's a good coach and at the end of the day I'm glad he was on our side. (though I reserve the right to criticize if he resorts back to some of his silliness).
Howard was awesome. It took a 3 on 1 and a deflected shot to beat him tonight. Crawford looked like ass, but Detroit didn't take enough shots.
Unfortunately, the majority of the talk will be about Chicago’s late goal that was waived off. The media that just 48 hours ago was thrilled that refs were calling the third just like the first are now up in arms that a penalty was called in that situation. There was one mistake made on that play by the refs: Kyle Quincey should not have gone off. He was hauled down while trying to get back into the play, so instead of a PP for Detroit, the teams skated 4 on 4. I’m not mad, though. The Wings were actually better 4 on 4 than they were on the PP, in my opinion.
I mentioned the media earlier. It would probably be a good idea to avoid those guys for a while. We’ll keep an eye on what they’re saying and if there’s something worth passing along, we’ll let you know. I say you should avoid them because it’s pointless to listen at this point. Milbury and Jones last night were about to cry in each other’s arms talking about the no goal call while praising the worst penalty shot call in playoff history. Why did they do that? Because they’re trying to say things to draw attention to themselves and their network. Same reason certain bloggers write the way they do. There are millions of Red Wings fans out there and an angry click is still a click. They’re not trying to analyze anything. They’re trying to get you to click on their link. So stick with us, WiiM, Malik’s blog and the other great Red Wings blogs out there. Avoid the click whores.
NOHS Three Stars of the Series:
First Star: Jimmy Howard. There is no doubt in my mind that Howard can win the cup with a better team in front of him.
Second Star: The Kid Line. Brunner led the team in goals despite third line minutes. Andersson played outstanding 2-way hockey. Nyquist is about as close to Pavel Datsyuk as anyone can be.
Third Star: Henrik Zetterberg. Only one goal in the series, but he owned Toews all series long. Even if the Blue Falcons go on to win the cup, Toews will wake up in a cold sweat all summer long thinking Hank is watching him.
Honorable Mention: The entire team for not sawing Shaw’s head off with a rust knife. He liked to slew-foot guys, run goalies and attack young rookies. Because he’s tough, you know? So tough. But L.A. plays a different game and will have their way with him whether he wants it or not. So go, Andrew Shaw. Go. Go to L.A. with your elbows down, your stick to yourself and your mind focused on playing hockey. Go and rape no more. Or ignore my tips and let us watch Brown end your pathetic life. Your call!
It was a shaky season and a roller coaster series, but this team made me proud. Again. Our offseason begins now and there’s plenty of work to do, but I’m more excited for October than I’ve ever been before.
LOL anyone can write a blog these days. Red Wings were given more calls than the Hawks, did you even watch a game? . Stop drinking the koolaid, enjoy the golfing.
Wait, so you admit Zetterberg only scored one goal, yet you don't give credit to Toews for shutting him down like you gave to Zetterberg? Toews did literally the exact same thing to Zetterberg. If Toews is going to be waking up in cold sweat thinking about Hank, I guess Hank will be doing the same about Toews. The hypocrisy in this blog is astounding.
Dat post of yorze is dead rite. Deeze Wingz need to lewze soze dat dey can learn to win. Look at dat der movie Start Wars. Lewke had to have Obi Wans Ginobli get cut tuh shreds by Dart Vaduhr soze Lewke could lern tuh youze da forse. Deeze Wingz get what dey needed! Da cup is owrze next year, frents!
Agree about Babcock and the future. Disagree about the refs. Laughing at "ignore all media outlets that don't have a pro-Red Wings bias. Because they're click whores if they don't think we wuz robbed."
Absolutely gutted about that loss, but they simply did not challenge Crawford at all. And I'm sorry, but Brendan Smith is an 'effing liability. He is a turnover machine, making zero good passes. But I digress. Please re-sign Brunner! Please!
If anything, we have been shown that our captain is a great player and a great leader, Z really carried this team lately. I really disagree with some of Babcock's line choices, and I feel he really let down some guys like Datsyuk by placing guys like Cleary and Abdelkader on the top lines, where they have no place.
If you would have told me a few weeks into the season that we would be one shot away from conference finals I wouldn't have believed you. If you would have told me at the beginning of the playoffs that this team would force a game 7 to go onto OT while playing without Filp most of the game I would call you a liar. The last month this team proved something. Proved they are young and need maturing, but also proved they have more heart than any other team in the league. We got to watch some amazing hockey over the last couple weeks and I can't wait to see this team next year.
Most fans would kill for a rebuilding year like this one. They made me proud too. Can't wait to see what goes down in the off season!
Disappointing loss but the future is bright. Personally, I think we win this series if DeKeyser doesn't get hurt. I hate pointing the finger at one guy but I think Smith cost us a couple games this series.
Anyway, I look forward to the off season and hopefully we land some free agents to fill in the spots we need.
I really hope we re-sign Brunner for a long time at a bargain price (i.e. Franzen-style contract). He's going to be great, but right now, he's a little too weak. He needs to bulk up over the summer and become more stable on his skates. Once he does that, Brunner, Tatar, and Nyquist can truly become the Euro Triplets. I am excited about our future, and I hope we chill our with signing washed-out old guys and give more and more young guys opportunities to succeed in the big leagues.
@Worm77 Funny how this post didn't once mention that the refs were calling in favor of Hawks and yet you go right there. Nice argument
@CM7777 yeah and zetterberg kept losing his mind when toews played him hard, too, right? look, i understand hockey is a tough sport to fully grasp in 3 years, but it's pretty clear that Z was getting to Toews, but Toews never got to Z. have fun with Dustin Brown, though!
The big difference in in this situation is what each players line was focusing on primarily while on the ice. Zetterberg's line was out there to shut down and limit Toews and his line mates. Toews was out there for offense. This is seen by the line changes both in game and between games. Toews had his linemates change in an attempt to spark some offense. Zetterberg's shifts where defined by when Toews was on the ice. That's not hypocrisy, but rather understanding what is going on on the ice.
@CM7777STFU and go worry about LA
@HoweRYa You sound almost literate enough to be a Blackhawks fan...
@HoweRYa And then Obi Wans Ginobili went to San Antonio and said "Manu, I am your father." :D
@Old Fat Bald Guy never said ignore anyone without a pro-wing bias. just said that there are plenty out there that change their opinions just to get a rise out of fans.
@Reddy The Wings needed to read the previous NOHS post on how to beat Crawford... Abby, to a small extent, earned his spot at the top (to me). I hated that he was there, but I guess he's OK given our roster. I would really like to have seen Cleary down a line in favor or Brunner/Nyquist/Tatar/Eaves.
@marti783 Smith probably did cost us a game or three. However, I'm OK with that. If it were Bert or Sammy costing us games, no. The difference? Youth gotta learn somehow. Unfortunately, our D is too shallow with good veterans to cover for them, so that's going to happen. Of course I'd rather us win, but like Twig said above, I hope Smith learned a lot and will be a reborn player next season.
@ThroatShot If he signs with us he can really learn a lot from Z. Z is strong on the puck and great at protecting it with his backhand. A strong Brunner who can hold the puck well is going to be dangerous.
I agree totally with Brunner. A few times last night the Hawks defense was able to ride him off the puck way too easily. He has a great shot, but he needs to use from dangerous places, not along the boards or at the blue line. If he can power his way to the slot, look the eff out.
Sucks the season ended like that. I will see the box the Wings created around Seabrook for the game winner in my sleep for the next week. You have numbers back, and a defenseman carrying the puck. Take the man, not the shot block.
Proud of our team though. Looking forward to next year. Hope you guys do at least a couple of posts a week in the offseason. Love the site, love your POV's even though I don't always agree with them. And I cant wait to see #43 out there causing all kinds of havoc next year.
I did not like the Kid line at first. I too was wondering why Brunner or Nyqvist wasn't up a line. I changed my mind though. I like that they are learning together and will have a future together. As time went on they got more and more dangerous and I all I wish is they could have buried more pucks into the net.