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‘Lots of coulda, woulda, shoulda,’ for Red Wings

May 9, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings had a chance to take a commanding lead on the Anaheim Ducks late in the second period, and failed.

Anaheim Ducks’ forward Daniel Winnik was handed a major penalty for boarding when he hit Daniel Cleary from behind into the end boards, giving the Red Wings a five-minute power play in which to increase what was at the time a one-goal lead on the road.

But the Red Wings were unsuccessful, and 13 seconds after the Winnik penalty expired, Ryan Getzlaf got the Ducks on even terms.

Nick Bonino would win it for Anaheim in overtime.

The Ducks took Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-final by a final of 3-2 and now lead the series by the same advantage.

“There’s lots of coulda, woulda, shoulda stuff,” Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock told

“The bottom line is, a playoff game, we hit three posts tonight they didn’t go in. That’s life. I thought they were way better than us in the first, I thought we were way better than them in the second, I thought the third was even, and they scored in OT.”

  1. schroedee - May 9, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Detroits d is pathetic… They are weak.. they are scared to take a hit.. they are slow.. and they play like they are lil boys.. they play like they had money on the ducks… Turn-overs or icing.. they let howard get his ass hacked everytime with no grit.. they love watching these ducks play.. and let them out muscle inside the crease.. i watched them let the ducks forwards skate right upto our goal and camp.. then they were the ones on their asses getting hit.. no active sticks.. we looked afraid… I got a pair of skates, ill at least show some backbone.. and i promise ill protect u howard after the whistle.. since no one else will….. U all should be ashamed…

    • 19wasthebest - May 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Miss the days of Kocur & McCarty & Probbie. No way in hell they would have let anyone get away with what Perry got away with in the first. Did anyone catch him kick backwards into Jimmy’s family jewels? Then it looked like he kicked him again when he was laying down…What a bunch of a$$holes. I think Shanny should call himbut that wont happen. Shanny has turned into a punk.

  2. jburrell4 - May 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    schroedee, sadly you are right on the money. The Ducks forechecking was excellent, but we did nothing to stop them from having their way in our zone or with Howard. Anyone else catch perry kick/stomp at Howard in the 1st on that goalie interference call??

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Hopefully Perry and Brown can both take each other out in the next round and we won’t have to have these conversations anymore.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Whoops, they wouldn’t even play each other next round. My bad.

  3. jeffchadwick - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Can we talk about how Corey Perry has now, over the course of the series, kicked Jimmy Howard in both the head and the nether regions? Classy as usual from #10.

    • polegojim - May 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      I’d like to see Bert introduce himself to Perry.

  4. eonbluekarma - May 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Dont forget about Teemu. He blatantly grabbed the Detroit defender, almost pulling him down, just before they scored OT goal. The ducks are gutless and pathetic. Even if they advance, they wont go far, given their propensity for dirty play.

    • polegojim - May 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Yes, but I blame that one on weakness on Detroit.

      And while I’m at it… Filpula has some great moments, but a feather can push him off the puck. The guy just flat struggles against man-sized players on the ice.

  5. baldballer - May 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    When Pavel Datsyuk has the puck I hold my breath…

    what an amazing player, best in the league?

    • bensawesomeness - May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      He was definitely ‘off’ last night, something didn’t seem right with him, but absolutely he’s amazing

  6. bensawesomeness - May 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Didn’t look great on that 5 minute power play, and never looked the same afterwards.

    I’ll be at the game on Friday for what could possibly be Teemu’s last-ever game at the Joe

    This series has 7 written all over it

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