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Blackhawks ‘getting away with’ cheap shots, says Wings d-man Smith

May 27, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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Add Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith to the list of NHL players who aren’t overly thrilled with the officiating.

Per, Smith believes the Chicago Blackhawks have been allowed to take a few too many liberties with Detroit players during the Western Conference semifinal series that the Wings lead, 3-2.

“They are getting away with a lot of those after-the-whistle cheap shots or whatever; maybe (referees) don’t see it,” he said.

But with a chance to eliminate the favored ‘Hawks tonight at Joe Louis Arena, Smith also knows the importance of maintaining discipline: “They’re trying to be pesky and whatnot. If you let them get under your skin then they’ve won.”

Chicago’s power play — which hadn’t been very good for much of the playoffs — went 2-for-3 in Game 5, a 4-1 victory for the ‘Hawks.

And related to what Smith was saying, one of the power-play goals was scored after Wings forward Justin Abdelkader took an unnecessary crosschecking penalty.

“We just got to play between the whistles and not worry about anything extracurricular stuff and stay away from the scrums,” said Abdelkader.

  1. esracerx46 - May 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Tired of all the whining that has gone on in this years playoffs. First it was cheating on faceoffs, then diving, now cheapshots. Its only those things if the refs call those things. Shut up and play hockey!

  2. countduku - May 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Apparently the refs don’t see it, the fans don’t see it, the tv announcers dont see it. It seems that maybe it’s all in his head right now. I too hate it when players at this stage of the playoffs do more whining than hitting. #shutupandplayhockey

  3. Florio's Lawyer - May 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I see Detroit is already hard at work preparing their excuses…

  4. gatorjr - May 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Apparently you two people don’t see the stuff that happens after the whistle. The crosschecks,slashes,punches,etc. that occur after the whistles and some have taken place right in front of the ref’s with no call. So apparently you two are of limited vision or blind. No whining here just the facts.

    • dt58 - May 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Like the cross check on the back of the neck on Toews by Zetterberg?(fact) Yes, it does go on but IT GOES ON BOTH WAYS. Where are all the people that were commenting on Toews comments a few days ago calling him a “whiner”? I agree with esracerx46, just play the game

  5. blackhawks1982 - May 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Both teams are doing their fair share of cheap shots after the whistle, it’s playoff hockey get over it! Go Hawks!!

    • shoobiedoobin - May 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Detroit isn’t. Chicago is. Period.

      • acepylut - May 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Detroit isn’t?


      • shoobiedoobin - May 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        They’re not, no matter how much you hate that fact. Add a couple more a’s and h’s if it makes you sleep better at night.

  6. mp1131211 - May 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Bye bye, Chicago!

  7. hammerhead5573 - May 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    If any fan or player doesn’t think their team is guilty of a cheap shot here and there, they are clearly looking through rose colored glasses. And by the way this has been happening since game one of the regular season. So what would his or any players point be in game 6 of the playoff’s? It’s an obvious answer.

  8. shoobiedoobin - May 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    It’s the darling team, losing, who already got away with crap like this for a few years now and they’re playing a disciplined team who were frustrating them.

    I’d be more shocked if refs in todays NHL actually acknowledged these cheap shots, nevermind raised their arms. But it’s obviously happening. And it’s happening because they didn’t nip it in the bud and now they know they can get away with it. Just like diving.

  9. polegojim - May 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Instead of wasting a breath on complaining, Smith should worry about how to STOP all his TERRIBLE TURNOVERS!

    Of course they’re cheap shot-ting you… they’re trying to draw penalties due to desperation… that’s what they’re supposed to do. It’s part of the game.

    If the Wings play like they did in 3,4, it’s over tonight.

    Keep composed… protect the puck… frustrate Toews and that worm Bickell will provide many power plays.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  10. jhuck92 - May 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    And Toews is getting hit with little hooks and shoves every time he goes to the bench here in game 6. They’re trying to break him to take bad penalties, so I wouldn’t be talking if I was Brendan Smith.

  11. detroitcityy - May 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I’m sure it’s going on both ways but earlier games Chicago was doing a lot that were easy to notice

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