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Red Wings coach: ‘We never get out of our zone’

May 15, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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In many cases, a game’s final score can be misleading. That’s especially true when an empty-net goal is involved, which was the case in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks really did control the play during much of tonight’s game, however, and Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock didn’t sugarcoat the truth while discussing the contest with the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

“The score tonight, was more than fair as far as I’m concerned. They were better,” Babcock said. “I was hoping to come in here and steal a game.”

There were times when it seemed like Jimmy Howard might help his team do just that, but Chicago eventually broke through on its way to a 4-1 win. Babcock indicated that the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings at their own puck possession game.

“We didn’t put any pressure on them at all,” Babcock said. “It was a grinding game from our end cause we never get out of our zone.”

Detroit needs to find a way to put pressure on its soon-to-be-ex division rivals or this could be a pretty short second-round series.

  1. redwingsfan999 - May 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    The wings were not focused in this game at all

    • valoisvipers - May 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Well I think a bit of a let down was to be expected after the 4 game push, must win to get in the playoffs. Then going 7 with the Ducks and the furthest traveling. So yes the boys were tired and flat but you know that won’t be the case in the next game.

  2. polegojim - May 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    They did exactly what they couldn’t do… D-men TURNOVERS and failure to clear the puck when they had the chance. Some VERY silly mistakes.

    I wish Smith could be a healthy scratch…. but we don’t have a replacement right now. The guy looked confused and in WAY over his head.

    That said… it could have gone either way well into the third. D failure was the difference in this one.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  3. blackhawks2010 - May 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Hawks depth, speed and skill proved too much tonite. Need to keep pouring it on! Go Hawks

  4. tone360 - May 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    The first two periods were interesting but the Hawks took over in the third. Whats the deal with Smith, looked lazy and disinterested. Howard kept them in it as long as he could. Go Hawks!!!

  5. 13datsyuk13 - May 16, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    The same thing happened against the ducks in game 1. Look for a better effort in game 2. Coach Mike will get this fixed.

  6. spochiefsfan - May 16, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Smith just looked terrible. Agreed, way over his head.

  7. 0ffsides - May 16, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Wings had no legs and were chasing the Hawks all night. Chicago plays fast North-South hockey and Detroit couldn’t take the pressure. Red Wings are fortunate to have Howie, it could/should have been a lot worse.

  8. LampyB - May 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Stop quoting what you hear on tv people. Sounds like a broken record. “Hawks depth, speed and skill” stole this one. Whatever, all nhl teams have skill, the Wings certainly do too. Post original thoughts…

    • comeonnowguys - May 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      There’s a reason a well-tread path is the way it is. Look no further at the contribution the Blackhawks got from their fifth and sixth defenseman.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Perhaps you should remove the corn cob from your rectum and then find something else to read. Hopefully you’ll be happier that way, and I must imagine the rest of the commenters here will be no worse off.

  9. jeffchadwick - May 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Howard was left out to dry last night. Smith was awful. Actually, pretty much every Wings D-man did not play particularly well.

  10. blackhawks2010 - May 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Smith and Quincey were victimized all game, the mismatches are starting to come to light. Hawks need to sit Shaw and start Stalberg. Good win Hawks, focus on one game at a time.

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