2010 NHL Playoffs: Tale Of Two Defenses, Why the Phoenix Coyotes Won Game Three

April 18th, 2010 by Thomas Knapp Leave a reply »
This was supposed to be the game where the Detroit Red Wings exerted their will against an inexperienced, upstart team.  Instead, the Wings walked away humiliated, spanked, and with their tails between their legs. 


Let me first note this: If the Red Wings are going to have to score four-plus goals each time they want to win a game this series, they will be golfing before the second round.  End of story.

Simply put, it's the defense.

They have been outright embarrassing, from the top on down.  Every single one of them.

Yes, even Lidstrom.

Yes, even Rafalski.  Especially Rafalski.

He has been a disappointment from start to finish in all three games.  If I am Mike Babcock, this is the discussion I am having with him:

"Raffy, come here.  Okay... you're not allowed to pinch anymore.  You've obviously forgotten how and when to do it properly.  Oh... and you're not allowed to play the puck anymore either.  I understand the Coyotes wear red and white too, but I don't think it's that hard to tell which players are your teammates.  In f ...

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