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Wings won't dwell on shenanigans

Babcock, players focused on winning Game 3 in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, 05.27.2008 / 3:17 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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DETROIT -- When Red Wings coach Mike Babcock took the podium on Tuesday, he was immediately asked about the events of Game 2.

“Well I don’t know, I don’t pay any attention to that stuff,” he said. “We were all at the game, we all saw the game, you can all decide on your own. Pretty straight forward to me.”

Game 2, which the Red Wings won 3-0, ended in dramatic fashion, with Gary Roberts striking Johan Franzen, who just returned from concussion-like symptoms, in the head, and the Penguins’ locker room calling Wings goalie Chris Osgood ‘a diver’.

Osgood drew two goaltender interference calls in the waning minutes, the second of which sparked a scuffle.

Babcock, however, said that he isn’t concerned about anything spilling over to Game 3.

“That’s just something at the end of the game,” he said. “I wouldn’t put a whole lot into that. They can’t go to the penalty box; you and I both know that. So there won’t be any of that. A lot of times when something happens we make into that it’s going to carry over to the next game and it never does. 

“The bottom line is that we’re going to come out and do what we do and focus on our team and be prepared to play and see how it goes. But we’re not worried about that one bit.”

Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall pointed to the Penguins lack of production as a boiling point.

“I think I would be frustrated if we hadn’t scored in two games,” Kronwall said. “At the same time, I do think they played somewhat pretty good. They’ve had their chances. Ozzie’s come up huge with some saves. I don’t know if that’s the whole truth.”

Brad Stuart, who scored the first and game-winning goal for Detroit, said that the Red Wings have moved on and are focused on Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.

“It’s not something we’ve even discussed,” Stuart said. “I don’t think anybody’s probably thought about it after the buzzer went at the end of the game. … None of us in here are really too concerned with it. We’ve got better things to worry about.”

After Tuesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena, Wings forward Kirk Maltby discussed Roberts’ hit on Franzen, which left the big forward lying on the ice holding his head before leaving under his own power. Franzen missed six games, dating back to Game 2 of the Dallas series.

“You wanna keep the head shots down, obviously, to anybody, whether it’s us to them or them to us,” Maltby said. “When you hit guys with concussions; that’s been a problem over the last handful of years. So I think Mule’s no worse for wear, and he’ll be all right. At least he can’t blame me for his headaches this time.”

Darren McCarty, who was a healthy scratch in Game 2, said that if Roberts takes another shot at a Red Wings’ player, the Pens will pay for it.

“Hopefully, just if they keep taking shots at our guys they keep sitting in the box and it’ll benefit us on the power play,” McCarty said. “It’s not the first guy that’s tried that, or the first team that’s tried those different things with us. Our mentality is just to turn the cheek because it doesn’t benefit us. I think we’ve done a good job of that.”


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