Game 7 Preview: Wings vs. Penguins

June 15, 2009 by  
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DETROIT: It is sudden death at Joe Louis Arena between the Red Wings and the Penguins, who forced the defending champions into Game 7 back at Joe Louis Arena after a 2-1 defeat to tie the series at three apiece. 

So, it is all or nothing for both Detroit and Pittsburgh: the veterans against the upstarts.  So, who will come out standing this Friday?  Will Stanley still with the Motor City once more for the first time since the last 90s, or will it go with the Steel City? 

The suspense is killin’ us all!

Red Wings continues to soar in Game 5

May 13, 2009 by  
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DETROIT: The Red Wings could be flying one victory away from the Conference finals, as they returned home Sunday and defeated the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena by the score of 4-1 — giving them a 3-2 lead in the Western semifinal series.

This has been the 11th Game 5 Stanley Cup champs Wings has played in the past decade with the series tied at two apiece.

“Over a seven-game series”, forward Dan Cleary said to the Free Press Monday, “our depth has the ability to wear down the defense and the opponent’s top line.  They might not feel it in Games 1 and 2, but you see it now in Games 4 and 5 – our depth pays off.”

If Detroit wins Game 6, they’ll either played Vancouver or Chicago — who leads at 3-2 — in the Western finals; it’ll be this Tuesday night at Anaheim.

Detroit and Anaheim gets flappy and quacky

May 11, 2009 by  
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ANAHEIM: It’s win or go home for the Red Wings, as the defending Stanley Cup champions received the shoe on the other foot when the Ducks defeated them Tuesday by the score of 2-1. Game 3 was controversial due to a call that disqualified Marian Hossa’s goal that would’ve tied the game, which led to heated arguments between both teams.

“To sit here and whine about it”, Brad Stuart said to The Detroit Free Press, “that doesn’t do any good. Both teams are getting away with stuff, and that’s basically the point.”

2-1 is also the lead the Ducks have in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, as the Wings struggled to prevent losing three games in a row to them for the first time in two years since the Conference finals when Game 4 takes place once again at the Honda Center Thursday night.

Red Wings gave Jackets the “Blue”s

April 27, 2009 by  
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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.