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Wings enjoy a day-long getaway

Team decompresses at Pennsylvania resort

Friday, 05.30.2008 / 5:54 PM ET / News
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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Wings enjoy a day-long getaway
PITTSBURGH — The Red Wings’ Thursday whereabouts are no longer a secret.

The team went to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Penn., about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh

Just a quick getaway between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Penguins.

“I don’t know, are we allowed to talk about this?” Wings center Kris Draper whispered to the reporters. “You’re not tricking me, are ya?”

Once reassured that general manager Ken Holland had already spilled to the media, Draper eased up.

“I was involved in a big mini-putt tournament,” he said. “Some guys went rock climbing, Hummer rides. Some guys did play golf. They offered a lot of stuff. Like I said, it was nice. It’s not too often you get that opportunity at this time of year.”

Who won the tournament?

“Draper and (Chris) Osgood. I’m glad you asked,” Draper chuckled.

The tandem beat out Dan Cleary-Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty-Darren Helm, and Kyle Quincey-Mark Hartigan in a two-man combined score competition.

So what was the key to victory?

“A couple hole-in-ones,” Draper said. “Ozzie once again elevated his game. Been riding Ozzie’s coattails like I have for the last two months, it’s perfect.”

While it sounded like fun, it wasn’t exactly what Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had planned for the off day.

“We tried to fly home,” Babcock said. “We wanted to go home after the game. But this is our opportunity to sell the game and the NHL. I think we're all in it together that way, you people in the media, the players, the management, the better job we can do and the more people we draw attention to our game, the better it is for us.”

On its Web site, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a 3,000-acre resort, which offers an array of getaways, including two golf courses, a shooting academy, fly fishing and an off-road driving academy.

Holland, who played 18 holes of golf, said the “Black Aces” even participated in paintball. It was a perfect day, too — temperatures near Pittsburgh hovered in the high 70s amidst abundant sunshine.

“It was a beautiful day yesterday to be out in the sun and have fun with the guys,” said Tomas Holmstrom, who hung out by the pool.

The Pens stayed in town, however.

“I just hung out with my kids and basically walked around,” defenseman Hal Gill said. “Just went and had a nice lunch and hung out.”

Captain Sidney Crosby managed to do even less than Gill.

“I laid around,” Crosby said. “When you get a chance to relax, you gotta take it. And for me, I just spent a lot of time in bed.”

Both teams welcomed the two-day break before Saturday’s pivotal Game 4, when the Penguins either tie the series at 2-2 or the Red Wings grab a 3-1 series lead with a chance to clinch at Joe Louis Arena.

“You want to keep up momentum, but one day off doesn’t hurt anyone,” Gill said. “It’s good to recharge your batteries. I’m sure it’ll be a fast pace next game.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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