Has anyone seen Wannabe-Hockey-Player-Mayer on the ice during the games? I thought not. It's his only chance to even swing a stick. A-hole, personified.
I furthermore hope the Wings really REALLY take that to heart. And get pissed. And take revenge on Those Winners Who Seem to Manage to Mostly be Losers; Or Who Mostly Succeed at Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory. (Say that ten times fast!)
seeing how the wings skated in game 5, doubt they took it to heart and got pissed.
Ditto for Mike Babcock. What he's doing to Joel Quenneville in this series is illegal in 15 states. He's not just stealing Q's lunch money, he's picking him up, taking him to the cafeteria, turning him upside down, shaking him until all his change falls out of his pockets, makes him pick up any coins that fell on the floor, and then forcing Q to feed him delicious cafeteria french fries with gravy.
• If the Red Wings end up winning this series — a concept that seemed unimaginable just 72 hours ago — it won’t be because they have the better team. The Hawks are the more talented squad, but Detroit has been the more disciplined team and the one that’s worked harder and smarter in all three zones during the last two games. And that’s because Babcock is outcoaching Joel Quenneville by a mile. From matchups to face-offs to keeping his players focused, Babcock is winning every little battle.
• Garbage move by Quenneville to throw Shaw and Bickell out there at the end of the game. There was still a chance for Chicago to cut into Detroit’s lead, but he goes with guys who are frothing at the mouth. Bickell, who’d been running around for most of the third, was called for cross-checking Cleary repeatedly at 19:00, effectively ending any chance the Hawks had of mounting a comeback. Shaw then hopped over the boards and earned a misconduct 47 seconds later for general hooliganism. If there was a message being sent there, it wasn’t that the Hawks would battle to the end. It’s that the Red Wings are completely in their heads.