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Game 2: Red Wings not discouraged

Friday, 04.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Game 2: Red Wings not discouraged
By Larry Lage, Associated Press

DETROIT -- Mike Babcock hears people talk about the importance of staying at an even keel.

Particularly, if you lose the opener in a playoff series as the Red Wings did against the San Jose Sharks.

Babcock doesn't buy it.

"I'm in this business because there's real highs and real lows," Detroit's coach said Friday. "That's what makes it exciting."

That being said, Babcock insisted San Jose's 2-0 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals didn't discourage him about his team's chances.

"I'm not jumping off any bridge," he said. "I think we have a real good team with a real good opportunity."

Detroit will play the Sharks on Saturday at home in Game 2 before the best-of-seven series shifts to San Jose.

The Sharks know their job is far from done.

"Their cages don't get rattled too easily," San Jose forward Bill Guerin said. "We have to realize it's only one game. We just have to stick with our game - blocking shots and not turning the puck over."

That was clearly a formula for success Thursday night.

The Sharks blocked 18 shots and had just five giveaways. The Wings only blocked one shot and turned the puck over 27 times.

"Detroit had the puck more than we did and obviously, we were determined to block shots," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "We didn't have many giveaways because we didn't have the puck."

Babcock shared a simple solution for San Jose's shot-blocking plan.

"If someone is in the shooting lane, you don't shoot it. You pass it around," he said. "We just have to see through the coverage, it's no different than a quarterback in football."

San Jose's Matt Carle scored on a one-timer midway through the first period in Game 1 and Mike Grier added a goal 24 seconds later on a slap shot from the slot.

Those are the types of quick-hitting plays the Sharks hope to generate against star goaltender Dominik Hasek.

"If he can't see it, he can't stop it," Wilson said.

The Wings plan to put more pressure on Evgeni Nabokov after his 34-save shutout.

"Hopefully, it's a lesson learned and we know what we're up against," Detroit forward Kirk Maltby said. "We need to create second and third chances by creating traffic around the net, and giving ourselves chances on rebounds."

The Wings missed Tomas Holmstrom's presence in front of the crease, particularly on their three power plays, and will be without him again. Holmstrom is out because he has blood on his eye and defenseman Brett Lebda also will be sidelined for Game 2 with an injured ankle. Both are day-to-day.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80