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Blood In The Water

By: Nicholas Williams

The Detroit Red Wings are sitting in an unfamiliar place, losing three straight to the top seeded Sharks. This isn't the first time that Detroit has dropped the first three games of a best-of-seven series. In the five previous occasions the Wings were never able to successfully dig themselves out of such a big hole. The last time that Detroit was in this situation current head-coach Mike Babcock was standing behind the other bench. In 2003 Babcock led the Anaheim Ducks to a sweep of the Red Wings in the Western Conference quarterfinals. In round two of this years playoffs the Red Wings have been averaging two good periods of hockey a game, allowing the Sharks to control the pace, take an early lead in the first two games and falling short in the final period of game three. If Detroit could put together a three period performance instead of forty minutes of decent hockey they wouldn't be in this situation. Looking ahead to game four they're going to have to play hard, hungry, and with a sense of urgency.

There may be blood in the water, the Sharks may be circling, but the Red Wings aren't dead quite yet. The reigning 2009 Western Conference Champions have had a difficult 2010 season, it has been a year of adversity and over coming injury after injury, surging after the Olympic break from 10th place to finishing the season in 5th place with over one hundred points. Though highly unlikely the Detroit Red Wings are still alive. Every game left in the series is going to be an elimination game. The Wings play well with their backs against the wall, "The reality is that we've dug a huge hole for ourselves. … There's no sense in worrying about anything besides our next game." - Mike Babcock Even after the heartbreaking defeat in game three the players acted with class and just spoke about pushing for a game five and going from there.

If the all but over series does end in defeat after game four Hockeytown will be crushed by the early exit. This past off-season was already tough enough to deal with after suffering a devastating loss in game seven of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at home. Only two seasons have passed since a Detroit Red Wing has lifted the Stanley Cup. Most cities would be okay with a conference semi-final appearance, not Detroit, not Hockeytown, it seems year after year its Stanley Cup or bust. The City of Detroit and myself are all hoping that goaltender Jimmy Howard has a little bit more of that rookie magic left in his glove to keep this season from being a bust. Win or go home, do whatever it takes kind of hockey awaits the home crowd at Joe Louis Arena for Thursday nights game four.


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  2. the are doing good and cant wait for tonights game