Around the Rink – May 11th Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings celebrated Mother’s Day with a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 to give the Wings a 3-2 series lead. Detroit outshot Anaheim 38-17 in the contest and 223-119 in the series. The team flew to California right after the game and will face off against the Ducks on Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Mr. Clutch strikes again

Johan Franzen got the game rolling with a marker at 3:23 in the second period. It was the second straight game that Franzen has scored the first goal for Detroit. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press believes Franzen was the star of the night. The Mule now has five goals this series, seven overall in the 2009 NHL playoffs. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press notes a great statistic about Franzen’s postseason success:

Franzen has 24 goals in 49 career playoff games, and 20 in his last 25 dating to the start of the 2008 playoffs. A year ago he scored 13 goals in the playoffs, a franchise record he holds along with Henrik Zetterberg.

Brian Compton writes at NHL.com that Franzen’s size contributes to his success, which includes 18 goals in the last 19 playoff games for Detroit.

Helm brings speed to the ice

You have likely noticed him all series long — his speed, energy, and physicality. It’s hard to miss him as he always seems to be creating chances as he spins through the zone. Well, he finally tallied his first goal of the playoffs with 3:08 left in the final frame when he put in a loose puck. Helm also notched six hits and had two takeaways in the contest. Despite the star power on the Detroit roster, Michael Caples of DRW.com selected speedy Helm as the player of the game.

Abdelkader shines in playoff debut

Michigan State alum Justin Abdelkader made his NHL postseason debut and honored his mom on Mother’s Day with his first ever playoff point, assisting on Franzen’s first goal of the game. The tickets to the game and then registering an assist were the best Mother’s Day gifts he’s ever gotten for his mom. In just 6:32 of ice time, Abdelkader registered nine hits. He played alongside Kirk Maltby and Mikael Samuelsson on the fourth line.

Wings wearing down the Ducks

Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski comments on how Detroit is wearing down the Ducks thanks to the incredible depth on this team’s roster. It didn’t help Anaheim that their offensive star Ryan Getzlaf is battling the flu and he only generated one shot on goal. Mark Whicker of the OC Register referred to the Wings’ depth as an “assembly line of puck-carrying talent.”

George Sipple at the Detroit Free Press comments that the Ducks did not seem emotionally engaged and were outhit 35-18, which is surprising since Anaheim likes to play physical. It was Detroit who brought the energetic play all game.

Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com asked if the Ducks had walked all the way from Anaheim to get here because that’s how worn out the team appeared last night.

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6 Responses to Around the Rink – May 11th Edition

  1. I was thrilled to see Helm finally get his goal. Ever since last year I have been a HUGE fan and I wish I could have seen him play in Grand Rapids.

    I was definitely calling Franzen money at the game! He is worth every dime we are paying for him and I am glad he isn’t going anywhere. Hossa is so fun to watch and I hope the Wings can keep him.

    • Christy Hammond says:

      Some people were skeptical about that long-term signing of Johan Franzen this year. But GM Ken Holland certainly looks like a genius with the performance of Mr. Clutch this postseason!

  2. Bob says:

    Game 3? It comes back to this, doesn’t it? Training camp,preseason,regular season,playoffs, 10’s of millions spent @ getting a team to this level & it could be all in jeopardy b/c of one lousy call! The rule on the ice stands, NO REVIEW…BS! The NHL should adopt the NFL rule. If a NHL coach wants to ‘Challenge’ the call…let him! If the ruling on the ice stands, you just lost your time-out! Or put 2 into the penalty box…something! Way too much riding for one call to destroy a whole season!!

    • Christy Hammond says:

      Yes, it was a controversial call. However, that goal only would’ve guaranteed us overtime — not a win. I know I can’t blame going to a Game 7 simply because of one call in Game 3.

  3. mag from sweden says:

    It has nothing to do with the blog. But does anyone know what rock song they play during the game. It’s sounds like it’s fom the 80’s and everone sings along. Pleas help me…

    • Christy Hammond says:

      Mag- I’m going to need a bit more information about the song before I can tell you which one it is.

      Off the top of my head, there are two songs that the crowd sings along with.

      1) Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
      2) Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

      Those songs may not be the one you are talking about, but I need more details about the song before I can definitively tell you. Sorry!

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