Mike Babcock must be a fan of the movie Miracle, because after Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Nashville, he started to sound like U.S. Olympic Team coach Herb Brooks.
“We’re not going to work in games? You can bet we’ll work in practice,” Babcock said. “We’re going to get some work ethic back because there’s no way we’re going to have 22,000 people watching us play like that. That’s absolutely unacceptable.”
The famous scene from the 2004 Disney film, a real life depiction of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, didn’t end with Mike Eruzione saying he played for the United States of America, but when Mark Johnson smashed his stick against the glass from having to do the Herbie drill one too many times.
The scene may have also been over-Disnified, just a tad.
So the Wings head to the land of Mike Eruzione slightly clipped, but not tattered. Once there, they’ll find a Bruin club that spent almost as much time in the penalty box on Wednesday than they did on the ice, highlighted by goaltender and Flint’s own Tim Thomas asking Carey Price if he wanted to fight.
The end result was similar to Thomas’ famed flop in the fastest skater competition, with a butterfly goaltender finding the ground.
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- Winging it in Motown has a recap of the Nashville loss.