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Babcock perfect fit for veteran Wings

Saturday, 05.16.2009 / 9:55 AM ET / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Babcock perfect fit for veteran Wings
DETROIT -- When it comes to strategy, connecting with his players and, most of all, winning, they don't come much better than Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

The fiery-yet-humble Babcock is in the midst of another phenomenal season behind the Wings' bench, as Detroit once again reached the Western Conference Final with Thursday night's 4-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena.

All this, of course, after last season's tremendous run to Detroit's fourth Stanley Cup championship since 1997.

Ready, willing and determined to make it five titles in 12 seasons, the Red Wings will begin Round 3 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN, RDS) against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

Part of the reason why the Red Wings have made it this far is because of Babcock's ability to make sure his team remains focused on the task at hand. Rarely, if ever, are his teams blown out: Detroit's three losses to Anaheim in Round 2 came by a combined three goals.

So when the Red Wings returned home following a 2-1 loss to the Ducks in Game 6, Babcock remained upbeat. Given the amount of talent on his team, there wasn't any reason not to feel that way.

"We watched a movie and had a nice meal," Babcock said of the flight back from Southern California on Wednesday. "The big thing is, when it's not going your way, don't press. You've got to continue to do the things you always do. We got up this morning, we were at Disneyland. The sun got up, everyone was smiling ... life was alright."

It was vintage Babcock. Twenty-four hours later, he received the OK from doctors that veteran Kris Draper would be able to make his postseason debut. It was one of many reasons to believe the Wings would find a way.

And then he walked into his team's dressing room and, as usual, gave a calming-yet-focused speech.

"He said that you've got to enjoy the moment," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "You're not going to able to play that many Game 7's. He told us to enjoy it, but keep our focus and that we know what we have to do."

Detroit then went out and did it, in dramatic fashion. Daniel Cleary broke a 3-3 tie with three minutes left in regulation for the game-winning goal. It was simply another case of Babcock's demeanor showing throughout his lineup.

"It's been fun," Lidstrom said of playing for Babcock. "He's an intense, demanding coach, but I think he brings out the best in us, too."










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STANDINGS

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