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Red Wings hope to handle Maple Leafs like a ‘wounded bear’

Mar 29, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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With seven losses in a row and little rest following Friday’s defeat, the Toronto Maple Leafs may look like easy pickings to some. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith seems like he’s bringing a healthy amount of fear into Saturday’s big game, though.

“Extremely dangerous,” Smith told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s like that wounded bear that you can’t put down for the last little bit, and they have a lot of extra power. You’ve got to make sure that you come out hard, because right now, it’s kind of do-or-die for them. It’s going to be a very difficult game.”

(David Booth is nodding his head intensely at that analogy.)

Smith described the atmosphere around the Maple Leafs as “ruthless” and seems excited about the challenge that the Red Wings are about to face.

Click here to read more about how the Leafs view this contest as the biggest game of their season.

The Red Wings begin a three-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, so this is a big weekend for them, as well.

  1. beergold - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Lay it on the line let’s see what the Leafs have to offer. Phil I am particularly taking about you!

    To let you off the hook, I am not expecting anything different. No guts no glory buddy!

  2. kingsfan93 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Detroit is more of the “wounded bear”, since they are so banged up right now. I HOPE Toronto takes a real chomp out at Detroit’s playoff hopes.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      How’d that work-out for you?

  3. bsaures - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Good job Dion biggest game of the year annnnnnnddddd……. minus 3 on the night

  4. blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM


    As sad as it may be, the fact is that Toronto and Detroit are now both ‘losers’ in long-term decline. And that’s a shame, especially given their ‘original 6’ pedigree and respective club achievements over the decades (ie: Toronto has won the ‘second’ most Stanley Cups @ 13).

    Nonetheless, this ‘incendiary’ comment from ‘tough guy’ Booth about ‘wounded’ bears and such makes me sick to my stomach ! The bottom line is that any special forces person, be it American, German or Israeli, could kill an armed Booth ‘barehanded’ so fast that the idiot would never even know what had happened ! The Canucks were ‘wrong’ to have hired this mental case and the sooner they get rid of him the better !

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