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07:23 AM ET 05.22 | Detroit, seemingly younger now than ever, still has a way of turning on the veteran poise -- and charm. The Red Wings might consider sending referee Brad Watson a thank-you note after he waved off [Viktor Stalberg's] would-be tying goal like it was 1999. (After all, "You do want to be on their good side," noted Jonathan Ericsson. ... [Watching] them do what they did the last two games, it's hard not to see what Ericsson saw. He suggested the Blackhawks' last-minute meltdown on a muggy night in downtown Detroit "absolutely" was "a good indication" the Red Wings were in the Blackhawks' heads, giving them much more than a puncher's chance as underdogs in this series. "If we can get them frustrated, that's almost 1-0 for us right away," Ericsson said.

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Joel Quenneville, Icon Sports Joel Quenneville, Icon Sports
May 22, 2013  08:12 AM ET

"on a muggy night in downtown Detroit"

... good choice of words

May 22, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"on a muggy night in downtown Detroit"... good choice of words

indeed, but there are usually bodies strewn about in stories that start like that

May 22, 2013  08:56 AM ET

"Head games, it's you and me baby
Head games, and I can't take it anymore
Head games, I don't wanna play the...
Head games"

Look, lot of hockey left to play. Drop the puck.

May 22, 2013  09:14 AM ET

"Red Wings are winning mind games"

I don't give a rat's arse about who wins the mind games. All I care about is who wins on the scoreboard when the final whistle blows! The Hawks have good reason to be nervous. They underestimated us.

May 22, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"on a muggy night in downtown Detroit"

... good choice of words

And they're not talking about the weather.

May 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"Red Wings are winning mind games"I don't give a rat's arse about who wins the mind games. All I care about is who wins on the scoreboard when the final whistle blows! The Hawks have good reason to be nervous. They underestimated us.

the 'Hawks have HUGE reasons to be nervous!

May 22, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

the 'Hawks have HUGE reasons to be nervous!

They thought everybody was going to defer to them because they won the President's Trophy. Problem is ... that was then .... this is now. Stakes are much higher now.

May 22, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They thought everybody was going to defer to them because they won the President's Trophy. Problem is ... that was then .... this is now. Stakes are much higher now.

yeah, and the rangers were the paper champs.

May 22, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

yeah, and the rangers were the paper champs.

And we then became the tinfoil champs, so I fear what that could bring.

May 22, 2013  09:47 AM ET



:-)

May 22, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The real mind games are going on between Babcock and Quenneville and Babs seems to be winning that battle too.

May 22, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They thought everybody was going to defer to them because they won the President's Trophy. Problem is ... that was then .... this is now. Stakes are much higher now.

During this run the President's Trophy means about as much as an autograph from the Poison Dwarf. Believe me, I know.

May 22, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They thought everybody was going to defer to them because they won the President's Trophy. Problem is ... that was then .... this is now. Stakes are much higher now.

I think you're right on here roamer....and we've seen it when the Wings were in the exact same position with the Pres. Trophy......I'm still nervous but ... GO WINGS!!!

May 22, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Better coaching stafff

May 22, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Better coaching stafff

Get the f out.

May 22, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

indeed, but there are usually bodies strewn about in stories that start like that

Or as that storied, little known novelist Snoopy used to start them, "It was a dark and stormy night...."

May 22, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The real mind games are going on between Babcock and Quenneville and Babs seems to be winning that battle too.

Yup...

Right now, it's across the board.

May 22, 2013  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Get the f out.

Sometimes the obvious does slap me in the face....

May 22, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Panic in...Chicago. But this still might go seven. Hang on it's gonna get bumpy tomorrow night.

 
May 22, 2013  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Sometimes the obvious does slap me in the face....

sounds like something Mr. bachmann would say

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