Tampa Bay Lightning
So much for all those questions about what’s happened to Steven Stamkos in the NHL playoffs.
Hold the pep talks, motivational ploys and all the statistics that support Tampa Bay feeling good about its chances of closing out Montreal in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
“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.”
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Someone is having a laugh at the expense of Stéphane Quintal.
Zidlicky has seven goals and 27 assists this season, including three goals and eight assists in his 21 games for Detroit.
“Scoring first is always a plus,” Babcock said after Game 6 on Monday. “It just seems to get you more relaxed and under control.”
As a result of the suspension, the Red Wings are approaching their most important game of the season to date without their best defenseman.
“It’s the playoffs,” Babcock said . “In the series except for Game 2 and Game, this was 6 tonight, there was no space, period.”
Ben Bishop made 22 saves for the Lightning, although it was his counterpart, Petr Mrazek, who had the stop of the night — and maybe the season.
“We went down [to Tampa] and played a really solid game,” Kronwall said after the Game 6 loss. “That’s what we’ve got to do again.”