May 11, 2007 |
After a strong regular season in which he won a career-high 36 games, Jean-Sebsatien Giguere is saving his best for the playoffs. As he prepares for Game 1 tonight against the Red Wings, Giguere is leading all goalies with a 1.28 goals-against average in his seven games. "I think you've got to raise your game a level or two when you get to the playoffs," he said. Yet Giguere was largely overshadowed by Vancouver's Roberto Luongo in the second round despite putting up better numbers.
May 10, 2007 |
The Ducks left for Detroit Wednesday and yes, four lines did make the trip. After getting limited ice time over the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Ducks' fourth-line players are looking for that to change against Detroit in the Western Conference finals, which begin Friday night at Joe Louis Arena. "The great thing about hockey is that it takes a whole team to win," said veteran forward Brad May, a key contributor on the Ducks' fourth line. "But it also takes an entire team to lose too.
May 20, 2007 |
Today's game at Joe Louis Arena will define the Ducks as a team not only this spring but for years to come. The fifth game of the Western Conference finals will be the one in which they stop taking the careless penalties that have sapped their energy and fueled the Red Wings' offense, or it will be another showcase for their lack of discipline.
June 12, 1998 |
A big momentum swing in Detroit's 5-4 overtime victory over Washington on Thursday night occurred with the score 1-0 early in the second period. After a solid first period, the Red Wings lost the lead and control of the game when goaltender Chris Osgood elected not to play the puck because he thought referee Don Koharski would call Washington for icing.
June 14, 1998 |
With one brilliant play Saturday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, Detroit center Sergei Fedorov demonstrated the skills that made him the Red Wings' $38-million man. Fedorov, who had not scored a point in the first two games of the series, took the life out the Washington Capitals with a goal at 15:09 of the third period that gave the Red Wings a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,740 at MCI Center.
June 11, 1998 |
Maybe it's because Detroit and Washington have so many old-school veterans with common ties, or maybe the Red Wings and Capitals have just been too worn down by the long season, but this year's Stanley Cup finals may well be a showcase of "nice hockey". The way the teams made sure not to give up any bulletin-board material a day after the Red Wings' 2-1 victory in Game 1, you would have thought the best-of-seven series had turned into a lovefest. No put-downs or insults.
June 10, 1998 |
Detroit Coach Scotty Bowman may have gained his 29th Stanley Cup finals victory with the Red Wings' 2-1 win over Washington on Tuesday night but he didn't feel too good about his coaching. "I didn't think I had a good game myself as a coach," said Bowman, who moved three victories away from tying Toe Blake for the most Stanley Cups won by a coach with eight. "We were mixed up in the first half of the game and we had too many different line combinations and I have to do a better job on that."
June 16, 1998 |
Time was running down in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings were on the ropes. They trailed Washington by two goals six minutes into the third period, and the Capitals were looking for more with a man advantage. Veteran Steve Yzerman, Detroit's captain since he was 21, knew that if his team didn't begin a rally, the Red Wings would lose home-ice advantage and find themselves tied at 1-1 with the Capitals in their best-of-seven series.
June 9, 1998 |
Before the start of any hockey playoff series, goaltending is regarded as the deciding factor for each team's success, and this year's NHL Stanley Cup finals is no different. Detroit's Chris Osgood and Washington's Olaf Kolzig are well aware of the pressure they will be under when the Red Wings and Capitals begin their best-of-seven series tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Just don't expect either of them to crumble, not after what both have gone through to reach this point.