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davetherave

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The 2007 and 2008 Stanley Cup Champions square off...


GAME OF THE NIGHT: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, Friday, May 1 2009, 7pm ET AnaAnaheim at GAME OF THE NIGHT: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, Friday, May 1 2009, 7pm ET DetDetroit

GAME ONE, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WEST SEMIFINALS
7:00 PM ET, May 1, 2009
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

CBC, RDS, Versus

Ducks-Red Wings Preview

DETROIT (AP) -- There are two things you can count on during every NHL playoff game in Detroit. Octopi will splat on the ice, and Tomas Holmstrom will be parked in front of the net.

Holmstrom will take his usual place early and often for the Red Wings on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their second-round series.

Against defensemen Chris Pronger, Holmstrom knows it won't be easy.

"It's the playoffs, it's supposed to be tough," Holmstrom said Thursday. "It's supposed to hurt."

The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups since Holmstrom was a rookie in 1997, and he played a pivotal part in each of their last three title runs.

"He's amazing, actually," Detroit forward Jiri Hudler said. "They called him 'Demolition Man' in Sweden and that nickname is right on. He's black and blue sometimes on his body after games, but he just wants to win."

Holmstrom stands in front of goaltenders, distracting their view from shots and tipping pucks past them perhaps as well as or better than anyone in hockey history.

"The only guy that was close was Dino Ciccarelli," 47-year-old teammate Chris Chelios said. "But nobody has perfected it like Homer."

Holmstrom says he puts extra protection where he gets hit a lot.

Where?

"I can't tell you," he said, seriously. "Why should I tell."

Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer had a similar response when asked what his strategy was against Holmstrom.

"It's a secret," Niedermayer said.

Holmstrom's role was even more grueling in the pre-lockout NHL when cross-checking players was part of the game.

Pronger still finds a way to mix it up within the rules just as Holmstrom straddles a fine line between interfering with goalies and doing his job.

"Pronger is as good of a net-front defender as there is, and Holmstrom and Ryan Smyth in Colorado are the two best net-front players," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "The reason they're good is they're prepared to take abuse. Homer is not going to back off, and Pronger the same.

"That battle is going to go on for two weeks."

Both coaches started lobbying for calls to go their way in front of the net a day before the Western Conference semifinal series started.

"Holmstrom at times gets away with a lot more than most players do," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's probably the guy that has the most penalties called against him for goaltender interference.

"It seems that (Johan) Franzen and now (Tomas) Kopecky are following that lead of trying to get in front of the net and be effective."

Detroit coach Mike Babc0ck, though, is hoping Holmstrom and the rest of the front-of-the-net Red Wings get the officials to call penalties when they're illegally hacked.

"I watched the other series very closely, and there were lots of calls and non-calls," Babc0ck said. "We're just optimistic the rules from the start of the rules are the same rules."

The second-seeded Red Wings have been resting since finishing off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, April 23.

Eighth-seeded Anaheim, meanwhile, had a quick turnaround from the first round to the Motor City.

The Ducks eliminated the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Monday, took Tuesday off and traveled to Detroit on Wednesday.

Even if the Red Wings are rusty and the Ducks tired, Holmstrom and Pronger will meet again in front of the net where two men will enter and one man will leave happy.

"Should be fun," Babc0ck said.

wprager

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Cna we change the smut filter to whitelist words like Hitchc0ck and Babc0ck? I'm tired of reading Wang and trying to figure how what it was supposed to be. Or at least replace *just* the c-o-c-k to make it easier.

*Surely* there is a white-list option? A list that is checked first, and if the word's on that list the second list is not even checked?

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wprager wrote:Cna we change the smut filter to whitelist words like Hitchc0ck and Babc0ck? I'm tired of reading Wang and trying to figure how what it was supposed to be. Or at least replace *just* the c-o-c-k to make it easier.

*Surely* there is a white-list option? A list that is checked first, and if the word's on that list the second list is not even checked?

oh hell I was worse than that, before I figured out the filter thing, I figured that every team was that had c0ck somewhere in the name of their coach or GM was somehow usurped by Charles Wang of the Islanders. :doh: if there was a smiley of a guy hitting himself in the head a bunch of times with a hammer, I would have used it :crazy:

davetherave

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Per Yahoo Sports:

Big news ahead of Game 1 in the Detroit/Anaheim conference semifinal: Brian Rafalski will miss tonight's tilt with an "upper body injury," clearing the way for veteran Chris Chelios to see his first action of the playoffs.

davetherave

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DUCKS DRAW FIRST BLOOD.

COREY PERRY MAKES OSGOOD LOOK ORDINARY.

davetherave

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The Ducks are dominating the Wings thus far, doubling up on shots 6-3 as well as physically.

Mike Brown crushed Jiri Hudler with a hit that has earned him a five minute minor, and a game misconduct.

We will now see how the Red Wings respond.

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And the answer comes quickly...Franzen scores while smashing into Hiller.

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After one...a stalemate.

Fascinating parallels in terms of momentum with last night's Hawks-Canucks match...

The level of play in this game is the definition of exceptional hockey.

Not always pretty...but intense beyond measure.

shabbs

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That Brown hit was pretty huge... wow! The visor must have cut his forehead...

davetherave

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6'4" Jonathan Ericsson shows Corey Perry he's not afraid to rock n roll.

shabbs

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Perry got caught off-guard on that one... got owned.

davetherave

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A cannon shot by the Captain on PP catapults the Wings into the lead.

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Penalties cost both teams...as the Teemunator buries a PP missile and we are even.

shabbs

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Even again...

davetherave

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shabbs wrote:Even again...

If this game is any indication...and it's still early of course...we could be in a for a LONG series...heh heh...
:D:

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