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Are the Red Wings wearing down?

May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

RedWings.jpgThe Red Wings have played a ton of hockey the past three years and
despite what some Red Wings fans may admit, they are a bit of an older
team. Combine all of the hockey played by the team and the Olympic
hockey that most of the Red Wings’ players played, there’s no doubt that
Detroit could be playing on some weary legs.

Of course, they
won’t tell you that.
Mike Babcock says it’s just an excuse:

“We played
a lot hockey and it’s a grind,” Babcock said. “You could
say, ‘Geez we’ve played a lot hockey. I’m worn out.’ That just means
you’re soft between the ears. Let’s just win a game.”

Lidstrom also shoots down the notion that despite the Red Wings being
outplayed and outworked in three games against the Sharks, it’s more a
matter of them playing poorly than the team being worn down.

notion — that the Red Wings might be tired — is likely to be dismissed
by Detroit fans, as they’ll be the first to admit that the Sharks are
just plain outplaying the Red Wings. I’m also certain that while the fans may not want to admit it, and the team certainly won’t, it’s easy to see that the Sharks are just the hungrier, faster and deeper team.

It’s something that Detroit has yet to come across the past few years in the playoffs, and you can see that the Red Wings are having trouble keeping up. Whether that’s fatigue or not, it’s likely just a case of the Sharks having a better team. While the Red Wings have been so successful over the years, sometimes that happens; sometimes, the Red Wings just aren’t the better team.

  1. Ryan - May 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    It is not as much the Red Wings wearing down as it is the Sharks heating up.

  2. GhostofFlorio - May 6, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    The Red Wings losing three games 4-3 is getting “outplayed,” huh?
    Wonder why so much focus on “what’s wrong with the Red Wings” and not nearly enough on the Sharks being a pretty equally damn good team in their own right, not to mention the completely inconsistent officiating at key parts of the series throughout.
    The latter is a total joke, and if I was a Sharks fan, I’d be just as pissed as the Red Wings fans at the refs. It’s distracted everyone from giving San Jose credit for a stellar hockey club that’s won three close games against a worthy opponent. With some bounces, but that’s all the difference in hockey, especially between two high caliber teams.

  3. Alan - May 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Why do Red Wing fans always blame the officiating? Why can’t they just give credit to a club that works hard and has been successful in this playoff series? The problem here is losers always blame someone else and not themselves! I’m not saying that the Red Wings are losers, in fact they are a great hockey team, with great players and I have a lot of respect for them. What I am saying is the fans who write this crap about the officiating are losers because they can’t accept the fact of what is happening and need to blame someone or something, so why not blame the officiating.

  4. George - May 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Um, lots of Red Wings fans think that their team is “tired” because the players have had to play through so many injuries and make a post-Olympic playoff push that may very well have mentally and physically exhausted them. That doesn’t mean that we don’t believe that the Sharks have outplayed the Wings, but we do believe that fatigue’s factored into the Wings’ mistakes.

  5. Sharkfan - May 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Excuses excuses.
    Listen – it’s been a nice run, and I have no doubt that you guys will be back in it again next year – the redwings are a perennial team and have great upper management so they will never ever be a bad franchise.
    But give it a rest already with the excuses.
    “They’re tired from the olympics!”
    Umm, the Sharks had just as many olympians as the redwings.
    “The officiating is horrible!”
    Yep, it’s been bad BOTH ways. The Sharks are playing more disciplined hockey.
    “They have lots of injuries!”
    Every team has lots of injuries at this time of year. That is not an excuse.
    You Wing fans should take a cue from your (freaking awesome) head coach Mike Babcock: Stop making excuses – that just means you’re weak between the ears.

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