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No goal, no worries for Wings

Holmstrom's interference cost Lidstrom a first-period goal

Sunday, 05.25.2008 / 12:08 AM ET / News
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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No goal, no worries for Wings
DETROIT — Mike Babcock’s eyes were practically popping out of his sockets while giving referee Dan O’Halloran an earful.

Nicklas Lidstrom had just scored the opening goal of the Stanley Cup finals. Or so Babcock and 20,066 newly-appointed goal judges thought.

After Lidstrom’s slapshot ricocheted off the goalpost behind Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, O’Halloran immediately called off the goal with 4:40 left in the first period.

Lidstrom wasn’t the problem — Tomas Holmstrom was.

Right before Lidstrom’s shot beat Fleury, Holmstrom whacked his stick between the legs of Fleury. Holmstrom wasn’t in the crease, though, which elicited Babcock’s outcry.

“That’s the rule, you can’t put your stick in the crease now, is it?” Babcock asked at his postgame press conference. “Did they change that when I wasn’t watching?”

Holmstrom’s interference cost the Wings another goal in the last round.

Last time, it was Pavel Datsyuk’s slapper that was whistled a no-goal. But that too was a debatable call — Holmstrom was accused of having his backside in the crease, which was enough to throw off Dallas goalie Marty Turco.

That goal would have been to take the lead in Game 4 in Dallas, which Detroit eventually lost 3-1, denying the Wings of a series sweep.

After the Dallas game, Babcock didn’t like the call.

“What do you want me to say?" he said. "The guy's not in the paint? The guy's out of the paint. That's a reputation call, totally.”

Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary — they’re the kings of the crease. But that drive-to-the-net-and-don’t-stop attitude got Detroit to this point in the playoffs. Babcock didn’t call off the wolves in Dallas, and he’s not about to tell them any different now.

“I just coach the game,” Babcock said of whether they’re coming down too hard on Holmstrom. “I don’t get to referee it.”


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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

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59