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The sun's up, so are Red Wings

Disappointment of triple OT loss won't bring Wings down

Wednesday, 06.4.2008 / 10:48 AM ET / News
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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The sun\'s up, so are Red Wings
PITTSBURGH — Road sweet road?

The Red Wings failed to close out a series at home — again, this time just 35-seconds away from defeating the Penguins for the Stanley Cup.

Detroit hasn’t clinched a series at home this postseason. Maybe it’s nerves, maybe it’s pressure. Not since 2002, when the Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes in the clinching Game 5 of the Cup finals, has Hockeytown witnessed the end-of-the-series handshakes.

However, the Red Wings didn’t seem as unhappy as the Joe Louis Arena crowd when the team talked to the media after arriving in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“I think the disappointment phase ends about 15 minutes when you're out of the room,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “For me it was when I got home, talked to my wife for a second — she was disappointed too.  Like I said, when you get up in the morning, the sun gets up, and so do we and we're up 3 2. Let's play.”

The Wings are not in panic mode. They obviously still have two more chances to win the Cup. And that made getting over Petr Sykora’s goal a little easier.

“Being your first opportunity, you're still in a great situation,” Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski said. “So you don't want to look past that.  So it's not that hard to move forward, because you still have an opportunity here.”

Still, being less than a minute away from that silvery prize must have crossed someone’s mind? The Cup was already out of its case, ready to be raised above Nicklas Lidstrom’s head.

“It’s nice to be close to it,” Babock said, smiling. “Be nicer to have it.”

After an optional skate, Babcock gave the team some time off during the day, considering the Wings played the equivalent of more than 2 ½ games on Monday night into Tuesday morning. They met after media availability to prep for Game 6.

In 2000, Rafalski played for the New Jersey Devils, who coincidentally lost Game 5 in triple overtime at home to the Dallas Stars before hoisting the Cup on the road in Game 6.

So what’s the key for a Red Wings replay of that?

“It just comes down to determination, refocusing and getting ready to play the next game,” Rafalski said.

Not as easy as it sounds in the unwelcoming confines of Mellon Arena, where Pittsburgh has lost just once — to Detroit in Game 3 — since Feb. 24.

But the Wings have put the almost-Cup win behind them. And they’re back at home — on the road.

“I think being on the road is a great thing,” Babcock said. “We've closed out every series on the road. As far as carry over from (almost winning) that, it's a lesson learned. They're good players. It won't happen again. Sometimes you need to be reminded.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89