Winged Wheel keeps rolling
(1) Detroit v. (5) Dallas
Red Wings lead series 3-0
For all of that, the Stars couldn't find the formula to defeat what is turning into an unstoppable Detroit Red Wings juggernaut in these NHL playoffs. The Red Wings won their ninth consecutive playoff game, a 5-2 decision over the Stars and took a 3-0 stranglehold lead on their best-of-seven Western Conference final. The Red Wings can advance to their first Stanley Cup final in six years with a win in the fourth game tomorrow night.
You know, I think the Red Wings could have easily won the Cup last season had injuries not derailed the defence so badly, and without a similar cataclysm, this seems like Detroit's year. It'll be interesting to see if the Flyers can beat up the Penguins and extend their series, or if we'll be into the finals quickly for a true grudge match between the oldest and youngest teams in the running this year.
The Wings have now outshot their opposition 36.9 to 23.5 per game, and Monday night was the first time in these playoffs they'd given up six power-play chances in a game. (They've averaged about 4.1 against, down from about 4.3 during the year.)
It's a combination that's proving very difficult to beat.
"They're causing us to do things we don't want to do," Brad Richards said. "That's what they're good at. … Sometimes, we're just not smart in situations. We tie it up twice and they go down to score and take the lead again. It's tough to do over and over again against a team like that."