Red Wings take Game 1
(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Red Wings lead series 1-0
"We have to get skating. Before you can talk about tactics or anything else, we've got to get our legs moving. We did a lot of standing in that game tonight, and that's the bottom line.You could tell early on which way this one was headed, and the Red Wings didn't let the Stars off the mat. The Canada-Norway game was more heavily contested.
"Whether it was fatigue or whatever the reason, we weren't at the level we needed to be at."
Now? Dallas absolutely has to put forth a better effort in Game 2 on Saturday night or this could easily be a short series. The Stars went down a man five times in the first 26 minutes in this one, and were heavily outplayed on special teams (a surprise given they were the second-best shorthanded team during the season).
Three days off should have been enough to recover from the seven-period marathon of Sunday, but evidently not.
I thought Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were terrific. Both had seven shots in this game to combine for nearly 50 per cent of the Wings' total.
As far as matchups: Datsyuk and Zetterberg mostly saw the Mike Ribeiro line, and almost never went up against Brad Richards (who got Johan Franzen as his buddy). Tippett also either wasn't concerned about keeping his young defencemen away from those two or wasn't able to match them properly, as rookie Mark Fistric, Nick Grossman and Trevor Daley all saw decent time against them at even strength.
Fistric was on the ice for Detroit's last three goals; he played under 15 minutes.
Nick Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski saw Ribeiro-Morrow-Lehtinen a lot, which isn't a big surprise. Detroit used three consistent defence pairings; Dallas's seemed to be all over the place (although that may have been due to the penalties).
Sergei Zubov and Matthias Norstrom seemed to get the bulk of the PK duties.
Going down 0-2 heading to Texas, in a situation where they'll have to win four of five to win the series against the best team in the league, will be the end of the Stars.
Game 2's a must win.