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WCSF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4, (CHI leads series 1-0)

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^ The Wings aren't playing the Leafs here. This Chicago team is experienced and knows how to win and close out games. We got exactly what we expected tonight, a tough game from a good team. That being said, we kept it close and Howard was terrific. We need to start capitalizing on our chances more, especially on the PP (0-3 will not cut it in this series). Hoping for a better showing in Game 2.

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Not at all disappointed. The young guys will bounce back and the veterans will keep em calm. They had the jitters and now that's out of the way.

Howard was fantastic. Imagine a healthy Helm and Dekeyser. I've said it before. Making the playoffs was a bonus to a team decimated not just by injuries but retirements and personnel changes. Every game this young core plays is every game they gain extremely valuable experience.

Babcock is the best and will find a way to rally. Chicago is tried and tested. That pressure was very evident at the 1-1 score for 1/3 of the game.

When dats and zata and mule goes beast mode, they'll win this series because the young guys will follow suit.

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^ The Wings aren't playing the Leafs here. This Chicago team is experienced and knows how to win and close out games. We got exactly what we expected tonight, a tough game from a good team. That being said, we kept it close and Howard was terrific. We need to start capitalizing on our chances more, especially on the PP (0-3 will not cut it in this series). Hoping for a better showing in Game 2.

Nope, they're playing the team that swept them in the season. It's gonna take more than throwing in the towel in the third period to win.

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Did you see the Game 7 comeback by the Bruins the other night? Less than half the 3rd period was left, and they were down by 3, not two. They were playing like crap, looked like they had given up. But, they got their chit together, focused, and bounced back for the win. Why don't the Wings seem to have that kind of character?

Everyone says it was a Leafs collapse...I say it was an inexperienced team shellshocked by thef****** dragon the Bruins suddenly turned into with 9 minutes left in the game.

It was more a Leafs collapse than a Bruins onslaught.

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As I said after the first game against Anaheim : This was our first chance, No. 2 comes on Saturday so the pressure is all on the Hawks.

That said our guys played well in the first period, then the turnovers began to get more and worse. If they can fix this they are capable to beat the Hawks and if Howie plays the way he did tonight im quite confident they will.

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What an embarassment! How many mistakes can Smith make in one game? He was just awful! I have zero confidence in that guy... please someone teach him how to clear the zone, please. I think I would add Tootoo next game, probably sit Bert.

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funny that babs said after the game that he expected us to be bad from what he saw in yesterdays practice

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Tatar is tearing it up right now, too bad they won't give him a call up.

Id love to see Tatar up with the Wings but correct me if Im wrong cant he not be called up until after the Griffins playoff run? Or unless someone on the Wings gets injured?

What an embarassment! How many mistakes can Smith make in one game? He was just awful! I have zero confidence in that guy... please someone teach him how to clear the zone, please. I think I would add Tootoo next game, probably sit Bert.

I think Smiths confidence is shaken right now. I wouldnt mind him sitting a game to try and compose himself. Especially with the extra days rest between games 1 and 2 it might do him some good.

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We all knew Hawks were favored to win it. At least we hung in there for two periods and shook off some butterflies. If we get bounces on Saturday we take home ice advantage and take it a game at a time. Howard will have to be huge because the shot differential was scary.

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I think the biggest difference in the game last night is that when Chicago had the puck and was coming over our blue line, they were doing it with speed and with a purpose. When we were attacking them, we were floating over the blue line most of the time, and how many times will go offside making passes over the blue line? Cleary did it once or twice last night, and he does it every game. Flip and Mule are terrible for that too. Hustle down to the hash marks and then do something inside the zone instead of pussyfooting around the blue line and giving the puck away.

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I posted this in another thread and I think it needs to be said again. The Wings have been traveling back and forth across the country playing Anaheim for the last two weeks. It took 7 games most of them went to OT. The Hawks played Minnesota and it took only 5 games. Less travel, less games. The Hawks are very well rested and the Wings are understandably burned out. Last night, was to be expected. The Wings look slow and tired. They looked like a team that had a rough first round and the Hawks looked like a well rested team.

Will a couple days off help? We'll find out.

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/rant on

Flat out zero organization the whole game. Hardly any tape-to-tape passes - offensive, defensive, and neutral zone. More "throw it toward somebody and hope for the best" - not the way to be a puck possession team. I'd make the team do passing drills at speed from net to net all this morning.

And just tentative as hell. If by some miracle we get it through the neutral zone it's almost like the blue line scares us. Can't enter the zone with the puck? Dump it in and fight 3 guys for it. Where is the support? I'm triple teamed - somebody is freaking open! Nope - they have two support guys ready to scoop up the puck if it squirts out. Nonexistant transition game. If it gets out of the zone, then go for a change - you've done your job. Move your feet!

Bad decisions! Going to the net with the puck? Let me pass it behind me to someone who has two guys on him. The HELL? It's just you and the goalie, man! Shoot the puck! On PK, let me try to skate the puck out rather than lofting it when I get a stick on it. You get a stick on it, you freaking clear it!

And Smith. Jesus what is his problem? Yea, he's green, but he's been increasing his defensive zone turnovers since game 1 of the first round. Sh*t, sit the kid and bring Whitey in. Anybody at this point.

And WHAT is the deal with third periods this year!? It's like the guys are unionized to play 50 minutes per game with a 10 minute break, and by Gods they're going to get that break in. Ahead by 3 goals or even, we're having tea on the bench during at least half the third. Sixty minutes of effort!

They left Howie out to dry last night. Hawks are good and all, but a lot of that the Wings did to themselves. The good news is, the Ducks series showed that the Wings can play (some games) with none of these problems. If you guys play like that again, you need to be shining up the clubs, because clearly you've given up on hockey for this season.

/rant off

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Because it stifles actual discussion. Or if you try reading through past pages, you have to go through 10 posts for each game event. If you have an actual opinion to post, fine, but do we really need 30 posts screaming "GGGGGGGGGOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL"? It's a general discussion thread, not amateur play by play hour.

I don't agree. So go through ten posts, it won't kill you. And meanwhile, some readers who can't get the game are getting current input they might not be able to get otherwise. And I appreciate the excitement generated when our guys do something good. It's comraderie. (sp) It's like we're all in a bar yelling and whooping together.

Because it stifles actual discussion. Or if you try reading through past pages, you have to go through 10 posts for each game event. If you have an actual opinion to post, fine, but do we really need 30 posts screaming "GGGGGGGGGOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL"? It's a general discussion thread, not amateur play by play hour.

I don't agree. So go through ten posts, it won't kill you. And meanwhile, some readers who can't get the game are getting current input they might not be able to get otherwise. And I appreciate the excitement generated when our guys do something good. It's comraderie. (sp) It's like we're all in a bar yelling and whooping together.

Edit: Sorry about the repeat. On my iPad at the hospital and don't know how to fix it!

I wish Bertuzzi would take a run at someone.

Waste of size right now. And whatever skill he has is being wasted on the 4th line.

Another way to look at it is that it would really fire him up is he was able to add to the game, even maybe getting an assist.

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I hope somebody spears him in the crotch just like he did to Lids in '09

ok perhaps that's a bit harsh, but I do hope something bad happens to him out there

Nah that's not too harsh... indeed, let us hope he gets speared in the nads.

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Gee, congrats, do you want us to tell you how awesome you are? You've said plenty more things that did not pan out.

Lashoff is not better than Smith.

Please refrain from putting down other posters. Absolutely not necessary.

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Are we comparing Toronto to Chicago...just wanted to be sure thats what we're doing ?

The Wings played the way a lot of us fans felt....very lethargic disinterested and its 'just' game 1.

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Danny cleary!!! The heart of a warrior. The defensive coverage of a dunce

Yep. It's all on Danny. Forget the fact that there were consistent and incessant f***-ups all over the ice last night by every one of our guys except Howard. This Cleary crap has become weirdly obsessive and way over-simplistic. And NO. I do not agree that he is consistently the worst player on the ice.

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Theres a dude with 2 weeks of rest waiting to unleash it named Tootoo and he better be on the ice in this series!!!!

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The Wings need to start scoring on the pp plain and simple, you know the Hawks are going to score on most of their pp's so the Wings need to match that. At least 1 or 2 would be nice.

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wow, only 4-1? very good job Jimmy

I'm guessing the game wasn't televised in Russia?

Howie was good tonight, but those first 2 goals he let in were weak by his standards. They were not softies, but he has shown he is capable of making those saves. he'll come out next game and prove it. The wings need to minimize their turnovers, and just shoot the damn puck. The PP needs to be better, they had 3 chances to take the lead and failed. If they score on one of those it's a completely different game.

Disagree. Oduya's goal wasn't weak by anyone's standards. The Wings were gassed, couldn't clear the zone, and Oduya walked right done the slot, completely unmolested. Howard came out to challenge, and was squared up to him pretty well . . . Oduya just fired a laser that was, in a word, Datsyukian.

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If shooting is the problem, then Flip and Cleary need to be kept off the same line. Cleary will shoot, but he loses the puck just as often. Flip will try to pass on a breakaway. Kills all offense.

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