Red Wings gave Jackets the “Blue”s

April 27, 2009  
Filed under Sports

COLUMBUS (Associated Press): The Detroit Red Wings advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as they completed a four-game sweep against the Blue Jackets Thursday night by the score of 6-5.  However, Columbus wasn’t planning on going down without a fight, as each team kept scoring and tying throughout the game. 

“It definitely was the hardest” Marian Hossa stated, who only join the Wings for one season to win the Cup.   “We got lucky at the end when they had six on the ice.”

And lucky the Red Wings were, when Johann Franzen scored the winning goal on a power play with just 46.6 seconds left in the game.  However, it was called controversial by the Blue Jackets, who claimed it as a bench minor for having too many players on the rink. 

“By the rulebook, it was probably the right call” said Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.  “By the circumstances of the game, I didn’t like the call.  … Unless it’s obvious, let’s play.”

Still, replays showed Fredirk Modin on the ice throwing the puck while Jake Voracek was several feet from the bench. 

“By the rulebook, it was probably the right call” said Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.  “By the circumstances of the game, I didn’t like the call.  … Unless it’s obvious, let’s play.”

The Red Wings are the first Stanley Cup champions in seven years since the Colorado Avalanche to win a playoff series; their opponent for Round 2 is yet to be decided.

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