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Red Wings fans propping their eyes open Thursday after staying up late for yet another overtime game on the West Coast are ready for realignment.
Next season the Wings finally make their long-anticipated move to the Eastern Conference, meaning they won't have to make these cross-country trips back and forth -- unless it's in the Stanley Cup Finals.
"The toughest thing about this type of series is you have to go so far, the three-hour time change and everything," defenseman Brendan Smith told reporters in Anaheim.
"Its something you have to deal with. Theyre dealing with it when they come to Detroit and they have to come back here," Smith said."But for us, were not used to it as much. Its tough but its in the nature of the game and you have to get used to it."
Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall is one of the Wings who's definitely used to it.
"Its one of those things, it is what it is," Kronwall said. "You have to find your way through it. You cant think too much about it. Just rest as much as possible. Eat, sleep and drink a lot of fluids."
Defenseman Kyle Quincey has some bad memories of playoff travel.
"I remember in 2007, my first playoff with these guys, we went to San Jose, Calgary and Anaheim," he said. "By the end of it we were toast."
All the players agree, however, that the trip they're making Thursday is more difficult than the one they made Tuesday.
"The worst is going back from here to the Eastern (time zone)," Quincey said. "Its a four- or five-hour flight with a three-hour time change. You get on a plane at 9 in the morning, you get home, the next thing you know you get back to your place and where did the day go? You have dinner, which is really lunch, youre trying to get to sleep and youre supposed to play a game the next day."
The Wings have tried to make sure the players get the proper rest.
"A lot of guys have hard time sleeping on a plane, which doesnt help," Quincey said. "The team has definitely taken a lot of steps to be stable. Right after (games) we dont fly home. Its worse to be flying home after a game."
For now, down 3-2 in the series to the Anaheim Ducks, the Wings are just hoping to make another cross-country excursion and play in a Game 7.
But they are looking forward to the move to the East.
"Its going to definitely be easier on the travel schedule," Smith said. "Im excited about it. Ill get to play at home in Toronto and a lot closer to home for my family and friends. So that will be pretty cool."
Cleary a little worse for the wear
Daniel Cleary did find out the number of the truck that ran him over in Game 5.
Late in the second period, Daniel Winnik took a shot at Cleary, who was playing the puck behind the net. Winnik was given a five-minute boarding major.
Cleary went to the dressing room, but was able to return for the third period.
"I didn't see him coming at all. It hurt," Cleary told reporters in Anaheim after the game. "I think it was Winnik. I went to get the puck behind the net and reversed it and I didn't even see him coming."
Cleary had to undergo some testing before doctors allowed him to go back in the game.
Even though Cleary came back, he said he was still feeling the hit.
"Sore, whole left side was sore, shoulder, hand, ribs, neck, head," Cleary said.
By the numbers
According to Wings' statistician Greg Innis, Wednesday marked the sixth time in team history that they've gone to overtime three times in one playoff series.
The last time was in 2009 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Wings have never had four overtime games in a single playoff series.
It's also the 11th overtime the Wings have had in 30 playoff games against the Ducks. With Wednesday night's loss, they are 5-6 in those games.
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Perhaps their discussing which ride at Disneyland they’ll go on first since Henrik Zetterberg sent this series to a Game 7 back in Anaheim… I doubt it. In fact I don’t think Betuzzi and Getlaf will be trading phone numbers anytime soon after this spirited chat midway through the third period in Game 6.
Justin Abdelkader is back from his two-game suspension for the Detroit Red Wings’ must-win Game 6 on Friday night. He’ll be joined in the lineup by defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who will make his playoff debut.
Abdelkader was replaced by Todd Bertuzzi for Games 3 and 4, with Mikael Samuelsson jumping up to the Wings’ No. 1 line alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg...
This actually has me perplexed. Is this suppose to be a ‘F You ref, you suck’ gesture or is this suppose to be a ‘hey ref I think your hot come get some’ gesture. Either way, it kinda seems like a win-win situation to me. I’m just saying if I was walking down the street and I got the ‘F you’ gesture I wouldn’t be upset….
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Pavel Datsyuk has a habit of making the hardest hockey plays look absolutely simple. He did it again late in the first period of Friday night’s Game 6 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks.
Datsyuk chipped the puck to Henrik Zetterberg along the boards, then took a pass back from Zetterberg. The Wings’ alternate captain pulled the puck to his backhand, around Ryan...
During a break in the action of Game 4 on Monday night, while the refs and crew were tending to broken plexiglass, a very spirited Red Wings fan decided to grab her breasticles and shake them for all they're worth (lots of $1 bills, one or two would think).
Have a look and in case you miss it the first time, this video has super slow mo:
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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
"Well, obviously, we've got to win a game," Mike Babcock said. "I mean, that's where we're at. That's what we'll think about for the rest of the day off, and tomorrow we'll get back at it.
"We've got to bounce back."
Asked about scoring, especially timely scoring, which has lagged...
Remember the Red Wings chick shaking her boobs at the refs during Monday’s game against the Ducks? We now know her…
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk put the Wings up 1-0 on Anaheim with this gloriously gorgeous goal:
During Wednesday’s match-up between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the teams’ Western Conference quarterfinals series, Ducks winger Corey Perry committed two separate egregious affronts to the crotchal region of Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard within a few-second time span. It appears that the first one netted Perry a two-minute [...]The post Corey Perry...
Coach Mike Babcock isn't overly concerned about having a lot of young guys in the lineup as the Wings face elimination, just because the Wings have changed so much this season overall. The biggest emphasis, he said after the morning skate, is to start well.
Babcock relayed a discussion he had with young defenseman Brendan Smith during Wednesday's game in Anaheim.
DETROIT (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend their first-round series.
Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3 minutes of the third period, sending the team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history.
Emerson Etem and Bobby...
The Detroit Red Wings just dropped an awful 3-2 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks, having whiffed on a 5-minute major power play (Daniel Winnik won't be suspended because Danny Cleary returned) and having absolutely abandoned Jimmy Howard to the wolves as the team was soft on the boards, soft on the soft ice and soft in the head...And now the Wings are heading back to Detroit needing...
The Detroit Red Wings will be battling for their playoff life when they head back to Joe Louis Arena to take on the Anaheim Ducks in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with Anaheim leading the series 3-2. Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI Time: 8:00 PM [...]
This could be it, friends. This could very well be the last Red Wings game played as a member of the Western Conference. This could be the last game of an all too short season. This could be the end of our stress and the beginning of our summer-long depression. Hockey is a funny sport in that the harder working team can lose. A sport where a degenerate thug like Corey Perry can do...
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The Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings have returned to the West Coast to play Game 5 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal Series after a split of the two games in Detroit over the weekend.
If Anaheim goes on to lose this series, the Ducks will undoubtedly look back at their inability to close out Game 4 as the likely turning point...