2010 NHL Playoffs Bracket: Detroit Red Wings Cool Under Pressure

April 29th, 2010 by adam biggers Leave a reply »
Crossing three time zones to play an opponent can be taxing.

Ask the Detroit Red Wings, they had to do it four times in their opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Phoenix.

Last Sunday's Game Six was supposed to be the closing act of the Coyotes-Red Wings saga.

It wasn't.

The Wings dropped the contest 5-2 in front of a packed house at Joe Louis Arena.

With the win, the momentum was solely in the hands of the Coyotes.

Or so they thought.

Most pegged the Wings as the "Dead Wings" after the loss. Going to Phoenix with such a disappointment at the Joe was supposed to be Mike Babcock's club's downfall.

No momentum, a blown chance and heads hung low.

That wasn't the case.

Detroit made the trek back to Phoenix's Jobing.com Arena, and then commenced in the administration of a Tuesday-night Coyote-drubbing. The Wings poured on the offense and put six goals on the board.

Was the 6-1 victory just what the Wings needed?

Of course it was—a loss meant they would no longer contend for Lord Stanley's Cup.

The triumph was deepe ...

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