It is said that nothing happens in a Stanley Cup playoff series until a road team wins a game. Well, as many slept, something happened last night in Anaheim. Scoring on three power plays, including in overtime, while the Ducks took undisciplined penalties gave the Red Wings a 5-4 victory. The series is tied at 1 returning to Detroit for Game 3 on Saturday night. "Huge win for our team," coach Mike Babcock said afterward. Managing the puck and fore-checking far better than in Game 1, the Wings put themselves in charge of this affair, leading 1-0, after 48 seconds; 3-0, 10 minutes into the second period; and 4-1, 20 seconds into the third. Then, for the last 12:50 of regulation, they played far less with the puck and much more in their own zone chasing the Ducks than in the Ducks zone chasing down rebounds. It was a big playoff lesson for a young team, if they learn it. "We were playing really well," Babcock said, on Fox Sports Detroit. "They got a goal, and all of a sudden we got real nervous and no one wanted the puck. "We got a real big lesson: You can't stop playing. You can't not want the puck."
Young Wings taught valuable lesson late in Game 2; now they must learn from it
Detroit News | May 3