I have not read any of the post game comments so I apologize if I am repeating anything. First...another great win for the Wings! I love the hunger of this team. Yeah the D turns it over too much but when was the last time any of us saw a Wings team with THIS compete level? I love it! Babs has this team firing in his own image right now. Tough and smart hockey. Our guys are going to the greasy areas and paying the price. This Hawks team is skilled and skates fast but they don't have much grit.
I know no one here recalls but I said months ago when Chicago was winning every game that I WANTED the Wings to play this team in the playoffs. Why? Because I knew we could beat this team. They can't rely on the shootout in the playoffs. They never faced any adversity. Everything went their way. No injuries and they kept on rolling and getting all the bounces.
The Wings have been the polar opposite. Injury ravaged from Day 1. Fighting, scratching and clawing their way just to make the playoffs. Our young guys improved even when they were losing like Babs says. You can see the growth now. The confidence. Would Nyquist have been able to score that Datsyukian like goal 2 months ago? I doubt it. Speaking of which, what a shot by Dats!
How was Mule getting plastered from behind into the boards not called? It led to Kane's goal. I am sick of Quennville whining. I had flashbacks to 2002 all over again. Anyway I am not saying the Hawks are not a very good team. However I compare them to a boxer who can punch hard enough to bring buildings down. A guy like say Ernie Shavers. He could punch HARDER than anyone save for maybe Sonny Liston. However Shavers had one fatal flaw. He had a notorious weak jaw. Hit him there and down he would go. The Hawks have shown they can punch. But the Wings have knocked them down twice now and they have not been able to get off the mat. How will they respond now? The Wings on the other hand have been knocked down all season and even in these playoffs. But they keep getting up and showing their mental toughness. The Wings are playing as a TEAM while the s***hawks are playing like a bunch of spoiled brats. I am Canadian and I am embarrassed the way Toews is carrying himself right now. He is being slapped all over the ice by Hank and no one else on the Hawks has stepped up.
They are looking for excuses first instead of solutions. I looked at how Shaw acted like a big baby at the end of the game and it illustrated how the Hawks feel right now. They did not expect THIS Red Wings team. None of us did. This Wings team is getting better with each game. Look how they break out of their own zone. As a group, as a team with a direct plan of attack. The Hawks are playing as if they are emulating the Harlem Globetrotters.
I will say this...If the s***hawks don't adapt their game plan they will not beat this Red Wings team. They have to show some snarl and testicular fortitude because right now all 4 Red Wings lines are eating them up. Jimmy is in the zone right now. Hank and Dats are setting the example and everyone is on the same page. Will this last? I don't know. But it sure is fun to watch!
LETS GO RED WINGS! Onto Game 4! Suck it s***hakws!
Besides the obvious cup runs, this is the most fun I've had watching the Red Wings in the playoffs.
This team is a blast right now.
I couldn"t agree more!