Around the Rink – May 6th Edition


Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Anaheim Ducks in a 2-1 loss last night and are now down 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Game

Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski wrote about the Wings getting off to another slow start in last night’s contest and how that, in combination with the last minute call, led to the Wings’ second straight loss against the Ducks. You can read the other game recaps from the Detroit Free Press,, and The Detroit News.

The Call

With 1:04 left in the game, Marian Hossa appeared to have scored the tying goal to send the game into overtime. However, referee Brad Watson blew the play dead because he could not see the puck and thought Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller had covered it up. The ensuing articles from around the web this morning discussed the call.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press talks about how this experienced group of players must shake off the controversial call and focus on Game 4. Michael Rosenberg, a Detroit Free Press columnist, was quite upset about the call and made his opinion known in today’s column. E.J. McGuire, the series manager for the NHL, commented on the call saying that Watson did what he had to do. The Wings told Ansar Khan of that the call was frustrating to say the least. Damien Cox of The Toronto Star says the defending champs may be in trouble, but the call was bad.

In other news…

Anaheim veteran Teemu Selanne has known Wing Valtteri Filppula since he was a teenager. Selanne sees him as a budding superstar and the two Finns remain close to this day with Fil even assisting Selanne with his annual summer hockey school.

If you missed Andreas Lilja’s chat at 4 p.m. yesterday, you can view the transcript of the interesting answers he had to give at the Wings’ website. WingsLIVE will host another chat with Lilja tomorrow (Thursday) at 4 p.m. at this page so be sure to stop by and check it out!

The Detroit Free Press put together a nice video on how the Wings get their nicknames and why some don’t stick.

Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News discusses the successful blueprint the Red Wings franchise has had in place over the last 16 years.

The Detroit Free Press’ Jo-Ann Barnas has a great article on the grief Tomas Holmstrom gave his dad while growing up in his efforts to find ice to skate on.

Next Game: The Wings stay in Anaheim to face the Ducks on Thursday evening at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

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3 Responses to Around the Rink – May 6th Edition

  1. mike says:

    well i think the wings played hard and lost because the refs. were on the ducks side.when is babcock going to stand up for his team??will it take somebody getting hurt before he yells at the ref bowman style? come on babcock your the coach speak up its the only way the officiating will him get scotty back last nights game was a screw job right out of the gate!

    • Leni says:

      I totally and completely agree…this is like last season all over again with these crappy refs! It sure seems like they’re playing favorites…why can’t something be done about this??? Total BS.

  2. This game was frustrating especially at the end. You can only blame the refs for so much but they have to be consistent in their calls. They should have a video review for stuff like that. Especially when it is in photos it was a goal.

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