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Red Wings pay the price for ‘chasing the game’ against Canadiens

Mar 28, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

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It might’ve been entertaining for the fans, but not for Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

The Red Wings came out on the losing end of a 5-4 final score against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six match up on Thursday. Sure, goals are fun for those watching. The two teams combined for five in a wild third period, too.

But Babcock has a different opinion, especially considering his team was trying to breakaway from a four-team pack all vying for that final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

“When you start chasing the game like we were tonight, anything can happen. It’s entertaining and all that for the fans but it’s not a recipe for success whatsoever,” Babcock said afterward, as per video on the Detroit Free Press website.

The Red Wings missed out on an opportunity to jump ahead into sole possession of the top Wild Card spot in the East, ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Instead, they remain part of the four-team logjam that also includes the Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs at 80 points. There are only the two Wild Card spots available, so there’s no room for error.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM


    The bottom line friends is that Babcock will now ‘pay’ for that which he did there in the Caucuses …

    GO DECENCY AND ‘THAT’ WHICH IS RIGHT !!! … GO LA KINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. 11stanleycups - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    lol. You can’t compare the Kings organization to the Wings.

  3. csilojohnson - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    a delusional mind will make any comparison..

  4. 101starmymedic - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    This is what happens when you forget there are three periods in a hockey game. Detroit might as well should have not gone on the ice for the first period at all. It was just sad and pathetic to watch, I had to turn it off. It’s their own fault. They need to have that sense of urgency all the time.

  5. mshantz22 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Some decent goaltending would help their cause as well.

  6. jweipp17 - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Better defensemen will help too. They need to stop turning the puck over (BRENDAN SMITH) and clear guys out in front of the net. Too many pucks are getting deflected and Howard doesn’t have a chance.

  7. laxnhockey - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    They ran into a hot team that is peaking at the right time.

  8. thecupturnsred - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    First period stunk. 2nd period Howard made three outstanding saves. And we got a real good look at some of their young talent. What a goal by Sheahan. That second line of Tatar Sheahan and Jurco kept the game close. Not sure what the blue line is doing, Kronwall looks slow, Smith is serving up pizza pies, and Quincey’s struggles continue. It’s going to be tough to make it in the playoffs, but if they don’t a healthy Red Wings team will be at the top of the east next year.
    P.s. Oh, and what is Franzen doing out there? Simple plays buddy, you’re not the magic man. He’s out with a bum knee.

  9. 19wasthebest - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    The 4th goal was offsides, why no mention of that? Completely different game if that goal does not count. You could see they got deflated by that goal. Linesman cost them this points in this game.

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