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Friday, 04.13.2012 / 9:00 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

Jimmy Howard (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Jimmy Howard

DRW: Do you put any additional pressure on yourself as a goaltender now that you are behind in the series?
JH: “No, I don’t think so. You’ve still got to play loose. There’s no reason to get tight because when you get tight, you can’t play your best.”

DRW: The penalty kill has been outstanding, six-for-six in Game 1 and 31 straight over the last eight games. Talk about the job they have done.
JH: “They did a great job the whole night. We knew Nashville had the best power play in the league coming into the playoffs. They did a great job in front of me and we’ve got to continue to do a good job as the series goes on.”

DRW: How do you wind down after a tough playoff game?
JH: “You’ve got to just relax. The playoffs are an emotional roller coaster and you just have to continue to keep a good mind frame. We just hung out. I had Slingbox set up in the room, so we watched a little bit of the Vancouver-Kings game and went to bed at around 12:30.”


Ty Conklin

DRW:
We know you wanted to be out there, but what were your thoughts on Game 1?
TC: “I thought I saw a good hockey game. You had two teams that competed extremely hard. Obviously, there were a lot of penalties and a lot of special teams play. The first two goals were kind of tough bounces really, but I thought we played well even though we were on the wrong end of it.”

DRW: Even if you don’t play, do you still get riled up and energized by what’s going on around you?
TC: “If you aren’t playing in the game, you don’t get the juices flowing on the same level as if you were out there. It’s hard to compare what it’s like. When you are out there, you are in the moment.”

DRW: What is a typically playoff off day like on the road?
TC: On a day like today, we’ll be around the hotel quite a bit. We might grab some lunch now, relax and do some more relaxing. It’s not like we’re going out or anything. There actually can be a lot of downtime, more so than in the regular season, because you aren’t packing up and going to a new city for another game.

DRW: How are you using that downtime?
TC: Like today, I was up at probably 8:30 or 9 for breakfast, hung around the hotel for a bit, called the family back home, watched some TV and came over for practice. I have ripped through all of the TV series I have gotten into. Kind of caught up on everything.

DRW: What kind of shows do you enjoy?
TC: I don’t watch Madmen, but I just finished up Game of Thrones. Sons of Anarchy is another one I enjoy.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89