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‘I love Game 7s’: Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock

May 27, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

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Both Western Conference semifinals will be decided in a seventh game.

The Detroit Red Wings had a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks, but have lost the last two games and are now facing a winner-take-all Game 7 against the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners.

The Red Wings held a 2-1 lead when the third period of Monday’s game began. It finished 4-3 for the Blackhawks, who scored three goals in 8:52 and took control of the game when it looked like they were on the edge of elimination.

“It’s not like they came in and squashed us. They got what we gave them today,” said Red Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock, as per a tweet from Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus.

“I love Game 7s. We’ve got a chance to push them out of the playoffs. Should be a lot of fun.”

Of course, the Red Wings had two chances to push the Blackhawks out of the playoffs. Is the third time the charm, or will Chicago complete the comeback?

The winner of this series faces either the L.A. Kings or San Jose Sharks in the other Western Conference semifinal, which is also going to a seventh game.

  1. alwaysgame7 - May 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Didn’t you already have 2 chances to push them out of the playoffs? Smh

    • polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      as in… exactly what Cam already said in his article?

  2. jonkchar - May 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    a very reliable source just tweeted that the remaining teams have decided to go as “one” team to the Finals as the San Cago Red Kings…

    • polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Hey… I think they could WIN!

  3. polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Babcock had it right when he jumped all over them for being soft… which is exactly what I’ve said the past two games.

    Nobody’s played the Hawks as tough as the Wings and the Hawks have come back fighting.

    Should be a great show down for the ages.


  4. canucks30 - May 28, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Wonder how much he loved Game 7 in 2009?

    • polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      As much as the Canucks loved their Stanley Cup Victory…

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 28, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I bet he loved seeing Marc-Andre Fleury play like a true number one back in Game 7 of the 2009 Finals…he probably wishes the playoff Fleury of 2013 was net back in 2009 haha! Thanks Talbot! Go Pens

  6. canucks30 - May 28, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mike Babcock might be the only coach in NHL history to come up short in Game 7 if the Stanley Cup Finals twice.

    Certainly, the only one to do it with 2 different franchises. (2003 Mighty Ducks and 2009 Red Wings).

    • polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I find it amazingly ironic that a Canucks fan would even consider posting this…


      • bucrightoff - May 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Yeah this is why they’re up there with Heat and Laker fans as worst fanbase in sports.

  7. equator180 - May 28, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    I wonder what the comment will be about loosing three in a row after having the chance to end it on the fifth game. He is a good coach but not a great coach, Scotty was, “the man,” and responsible for much of the glory and loyalty to Detroit, Babcock is the sequel and sometimes they are great but mostly they are a distant second. I wonder what his handicap is?

  8. kcprof926 - May 28, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Will be a great game 7 but thinking the long series may take a toll on the Wings. Plus their defense is prone to so many miscues. Hawks look hungry. Babcock searching

    • polegojim - May 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Agreed on mistake prone D… been the story the entire playoffs.

      But.. Babcock is not ‘searching’. He needs guys to play up to their potential again and stick with the plan.

      Dats has been too quiet… that must also change.

  9. jtm12180 - May 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I wouldn’t be excited for a game 7 after my team was just up 3-1 before I blinked….keep telling yourself that Babcock…

    • jtm12180 - May 30, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      For all you clowns that gave me a thumbs down….good luck in the conference finals….oh wait

  10. indianhead1992 - May 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Good thing Babcock is keeping his/the teams minds positive. Say Detroit fans would be happy if he said this series would go to game 7 is true, not when you were 3-1 and 1 home game to go. I like Babcock a lot, good coach but it seems like the first time in awhile he is not confident in his team. Good Luck in the east next year, show them how the west play hockey !
    Go Hawks!

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