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McKenzie: Red Wings capitalize on second chances

Bob McKenzie
5/7/2011 12:27:39 AM
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Some thoughts from the NHL on TSN on Friday night:

During the first three games of the Detroit - San Jose series, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was not happy with what he called his team's front of net presence and their ability to generate scoring off rebounds and second chances. 

In Game 4, they did a much better job of driving to the net and finishing plays.

They may have wavered at times and let San Jose back into the game on Friday, but all things considered, they showed a much better effort in terms of going to the net and creating second opportunities off the first shot.

Sedins getting back on track

I think it's fair to ask if the Sedins can carry the Vancouver Canucks through the playoffs going forward but at the same time, there has been a lot of hand wringing and emotional baggage about how they've performed so far in the series against the Predators. 

They seemed to get on track on Thursday with Henrik picking up a couple of assists and an empty net goal and Daniel's been generating a few points along the way. 

But I don't know that it's ever been as big a problem as people have been making it out to be in the first place. The Canucks are ahead three games to one in the series and that's the most important thing.

Everything about the playoffs is situational and you can worry about whether they can produce in the Conference Final and beyond, but you should worry about that when you get to the next series. 

In the meantime, take what they give you. You're winning hockey games and if it's Kesler today, it could be either Sedin tomorrow, so don't get too upset.

Bob McKenzie

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