Chicago took advantage of all their calls and non-calls tonight and beat the Wings pretty easily. Not a good effort by Detroit at all. It really reminded me of the 1997 series against Colorado where Detroit had gone up 3-1, then got spanked in game 5. Will they rebound at home in game 6? We’ll see.
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Complain all you want about the Hawks getting away with stuff, but Abby did not need to do the dumb things that he did. Unforced penalties were what got Chicago in this hole and it’s getting them out of it.
Red Wings PK is great when it wins the faceoff and clears the puck allowing them to deny reentry, but they couldn’t clear the puck to save their lives tonight.
Some lazy play in the third lead to Shaw’s second goal. Seems the Wings had resigned themselves to defeat. OK. But win Monday, because game 7 back in Chicago? No.
To make this loss extra painful, all of Chicago’s goals were scored by their biggest douchebags.
Howard did all he could.
Next game is Monday night in Detroit. If you are going to the game, you must be loud. Will this team across the finish line, because Chicago is still good and they suddenly believe in themselves again.
But they're still beatable.
Stupid penalties are always the hardest ones to kill off. You can't spear somebody and not expect a penalty. You can't crosscheck somebody in the back 4-5 times and not expect a penalty. You can't fail to clear the puck on the PK over and over again and not expect to be scored on.
This game really looked like game 1. The Wings got outplayed. Plain and simple.
Babs better work his home ice mojo on Monday.
@DannyG You could cross-check Holmstrom 4 to 5 (45, for that matter) times in the back without a penalty.
Howard was spectacular at times. Everyone else needs to get their heads out their asses and realise that you don't win a series with 3 wins.
Definitely beatable! I truly believe it was the undisciplined retaliation penalties that gave the Hawks the opening they needed to win tonights game. However, I am not shocked by the outcome. Blackhawks were number one seed for a reason, and tonight they played harder and wanted a W more. Monday we will just have to show them why the Wings have more championships and 22 consecutive playoff appearances, which is more than any other team in all of professional sports. We got this! LGRW!