Red Wings keep rolling
(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Red Wings lead series 2-0
Osgood, he's having a tea party back there ... They could have played five more periods and they wouldn't have been tired.— Don Cherry
Entertaining? That's more debatable.
Dallas just hasn't brought much to the table in this matchup. Detroit outshot the Stars nearly 2-1 (34-18) and the margin in faceoffs was even more lopsided (39-16). At no time watching this one did the outcome seem in doubt, and that speaks volumes as to where the series is headed.
I'd be shocked if the Stars prolong it past five games. The Red Wings should be able to easily cruise into the finals, playing much as they've done since Chris Osgood came in relief of Dom Hasek after the fourth game of the first round against Nashville.
There's been little adversity, and that doesn't appear to be soon to change.
Some postgame quotes, including a few that talk about the stick swing Mike Ribeiro took at Osgood at the end of the game:
Q. Can you just talk about the fact that you're two games away from the Stanley Cup Finals?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don't look at it like that. My own mind, as just about five minutes after I get home tonight I'll start getting scared about Game 3. And I've been coaching a long time. I've seen it go the wrong way too often. And I'm a big believer in our team and how hard we work.
But we were here, like I said, last year and it didn't work out. And you spend your whole life, if you're in hockey, trying to win that thing. And so you just want to do everything you can to get the opportunity.
Q. Chris, after that cheap shot from Ribeiro, you seemed like you were hurt for a little while there. Are you all right physically now?
CHRIS OSGOOD: Yeah, got me across the back and in the ribs kind of. I seen so many sticks, I kind of turned a little bit. I do have a lot of padding up there but it got me in the side where I didn't have much. It did hurt a bit. It was kind of a full swing right to the side.
But I'll be fine, I'm sure. A little sore but I'll be fine.
NICKLAS LIDSTROM: I think he should be suspended, to do something like that after the game is over. He two-handed our goalie right in the chest. You can't do that.Not much else of interest in the postgame pressers. Dave Tippett looked very, very frustrated up at the mike and only took one question before leaving.
One last tidbit: I'm not surprised in the least that Darren Helm made an impact in this game. He only played eight minutes, but picked up the first goal. I had a chance to see Helm first-hand at the Memorial Cup last year in Vancouver, when his Medicine Hat team lost in the finals, and he was one of the few players that showed up to play in that game.
(I felt horrible asking him some silly question in the postgame presser as he and his teammates were lined up, on the verge of tears, but he was a pro answering everything. He was very excited about the prospect of sticking with the Wings in the fall, something that didn't come to fruition, but don't be surprised to see him as a full-timer next year at only 21.)
Helm's quick, terrific defensively and can shoot the puck. Another late-round steal for Detroit who we'll be seeing make an impact in the NHL postseason in a big way in the future. At the very least, he has the potential to be Kris Draper's replacement on the Wings as a top-notch shutdown performer.