Detroit held exclusive negotiating rights with Babcock through June, but Holland said he and Babcock will not let the process drag out.
“We’re only going to get better,” Holland said. “One of the ways we’re going to get better is our players are going to compete.”
“The worst day I’ve had in coaching in Detroit, period, in my 10 years here, was yesterday, bar none,” Babcock added.
“We’ve been drafting good and developing good, but we’ve been winning too much,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “That’s the facts.”
Zidlicky has seven goals and 27 assists this season, including three goals and eight assists in his 21 games for Detroit.
We’re through 4 games of all of the 1st round series, let’s take a look at some of the top plays so far.
“It’s the playoffs,” Babcock said . “In the series except for Game 2 and Game, this was 6 tonight, there was no space, period.”
Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored in the first period, and Johnson added another goal in the second to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead.
The Red Wings have handled the higher level of physicality better than the Lightning, and Tampa Bay needs to match that grit to score.
Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and the Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a disappointing loss to shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Saturday night and take a 3-2 series lead.