Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4 (4/16/08)

This game started out disturbingly similar to the way the previous game ended.  The Red Wings had some good scoring chances in their first few shifts.  Then, early in the period, Nashville scored a goal.  Within about thirty seconds after the first goal, they scored again putting Detroit down two nothing.  Nashville seemed to have a lot more confidence in this game after winning the last one.  Detroit was aware of the double goal threat and had planned to really bear down the shift after a goal.  It didn’t seem to work this time though.  I’m starting to become concerned.  I’m a strong believer in the wisdom of Mike Babcock so if anybody can talk the Wings out of this funk, it’s him.

Detroit looked quite a bit better to start the second period.  They had a power play early on and did a great job of keeping the puck in the zone for an exteded period.  Nashville wasn’t able to clear for over a minute and finally Datsyuk scored.

Immediately, after the Red Wings’ goal, Nashville scored again.  It looked like Hasek couldn’t see the puck very well and it may have been tipped.  That was it for him.  Osgood came in to see if he could shake things up a little.  Detroit played better but didn’t close the gap at all and the period ended 3-1.

Early in the third Datsyuk scored again with another display of great patience waiting for the shot to open.

Detroit played very well for the rest of the third period but were never able to get the tieing goal.  We head back home for game 5.  Hopefully, the Joe will more friendly to the Wings.  If they could play an entire game as a well as they play in spurts this series would be over by now.  They have to find a way to stop Nashville from double dipping.

I’m wondering if Osgood will start the next game.  Probably not, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea.  He was really solid and he deserves a chance to get on a hot streak.

This 3-2 loss brings this Western Conference Quarterfinal series to 2-2.

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