Mike Babcock’s key for the Red Wings to climbing back in the series
against the San Jose Sharks? Avoid going to the penalty box, of course.
Which is easier said than done when your team is the target of an
obvious conspricacy (said with complete sarcasm, by the way.)
“We got 31 shots (in Game 2) and we were in the box 10 times,”
Babcock said. “Just think if you’re not in the box 10 times. You’re not
even giving yourself a chance to compete in the series, in my opinion,
if you are in the penalty box all the time.”
It’s a simple formula really: outwork and outplay the Sharks,
something the Red Wings didn’t do in the first two games, and the
penalties should start to even out.
If Detroit is obviously outplaying San Jose yet is still getting
shorted when it comes to the penalty calls, then perhaps there might be
something to all the complaining.