Vowing to acquit themselves after losing three of five playoff games to the Red Wings and fighting to stay alive in the series, the Blackhawks organized a team swim in the Detroit River prior to Game 6 in the Motor City, which many are crediting with their resurgence in Monday night's thrilling 4-3 win.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Coach Mike Babcock said of his team that meandered between the 9th and 10th spots in the conference before making the NHL tourney. “We backed into the playoffs and then got lucky enough to beat a hockey club that cares even less than we do.”
With 21 straight appearances, the Red Wings have made the playoffs every season since 1990, the longest postseason streak in North American sports. Some people associated with the team would rather catch up on sleep than battle through another long playoff run.
The manager of GameStop Detroit phoned 911 and pleaded for help, "They're trying to break in! They want to play their game but we think it's an unfair deal for GameStop. A game of this caliber should be going for $70, not $60! I mean, come on! There's a new freaking skating physics engine for Christ's sake. These gamers have had it too good for too long!"
"Once a forward from the opposing team skates the puck into the neutral zone from their own zone, our players on the ice will all turn towards Jimmy Howard and yell, in unison, 'Look out, Jimmy -- here comes the puck!'" said Babcock. "In the event that it's Jonas Gustuvsson in net, the strategy will likely change to yelling 'Look out, Jonas -- here comes the puck!'"
After suffering a humiliating 4-1 first-round playoff series loss to Nashville, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is looking to sign the ultimate Predator-stopper, NBC News' Chris Hansen.
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