2008 NHL Playoffs: Bring Out The Brooms, Boys, Detroit Sweeps Colorado!

The Captain -Brian KatesSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2008

I just couldn't...........I just couldn't...........I just couldn't!

First, I just couldn't stay away from the TV on Thursday night. I had to watch Game Four of the Semi-Conference playoffs between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche.

Then, I just couldn't stay awake until the end; I fell asleep about half way through the third period but I don't think I missed much.

And finally, I just couldn't not write an article about the Wings sweep over the Avs. What a fitting end to a wonderful and busy day.


So much time, so little to do...

My life took another left turn the other day and, according to my friends, three lefts make a (w)right. So I must be going in the (w)right direction now. I really have much bigger priorities than writing about the Wings but I decided to take a break from life and give y'all (boy, Okieland is getting to me) a word about one of the greatest hockey teams to don a pair of skates.

Now, I know some of you, and I won't mention names, have written some not-so-nice comments in my profile about the Wings.

Personally, I think you're just jealous of them.

No other team today can match them. You can say they're getting all the breaks or the refs aren't calling penalties against them or they are scoring "garbage goals."

It really doesn't matter. What matters is that they just dominated and demolished and almost humiliated Colorado in four straight games.


The stars are out tonight...

Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Chris Osgood have really come through for the Wings in this series against the Avs.

Zetterberg's goal in the second period will be on highlight reels for years to come.

I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning.

This was a different kind of series than I'm used to. If one team is going to dominate the series, they usually win all the games decisively.

This was not the case.

Games One and Three, the home-openers for both teams, were almost nail-biters.

Detroit would manage to hold on and win both 4-3.

Then there were Games Two and Four—blowout city for the Red Wings.

Colorado didn't have a chance. The Wings jumped out to such a big lead that the Avs just couldn't keep up with them and imploded.

I think Keanu Reeves said it best in the movie "The Replacements."

Gene Hackman, the head coach of the football team, asks his players what they're afraid of and Reeves says quicksand.

"You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like quicksand."

I believe that's what happened to Colorado in Game Four.

Let's take a look:

The Wings got their first goal from a Mikael Samuelsson slap-shot at the 4:33 mark of the first period. Colorado quickly answered back tying the game at one. They battled back and forth for about 12 minutes and them Detroit broke the game open.

Near the end of the first period and within one minute of each other, both Tomas Holmstrom and Franzen scored giving Detroit a 3-1 lead and they never looked back.

The Red Wings scored four times in the second and shut down the Avs. Two came off the stick of Zetterberg and two from Franzen giving him his second hat trick of the series. Franzen's second goal of the game came in the second period while Detroit was short-handed, no less.


Then, to put salt in the wound, Franzen scored a power-play goal for the hat trick.

He has really shined in these 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Samuelsson finished the scoring for Detroit with his second goal in the third period giving the Red Wings a crowd-silencing 8-2 victory and a ticket to Round Three of the playoffs.

By listening to the announcers by this time, it seemed like it was just another day in the park for the Wings.


The "Wizard" is a wizard who will serve...

It's good to see your top two lines score during playoffs and your other lines get goals here and there to balance out the team, but when all four lines for Detroit are clicking they just become unstoppable. 

The only other thing that would concern you would be your goalie and speaking of which: Would you take a look at the "Wizard of Oz"?

The man has been outstanding for Detroit all season long and he's the backup. Dominick Hasek started in goal for the Wings but after two bad performances. Head Coach Mike Babcock opted to use Osgood and I think he might stick with him throughout the rest of the playoffs and Finals

Osgood has done his job this time around. He has posted a 1.52 goals against average and has won all six games he has started. He's been a wall against both the Nashville Predators and Colorado.

The Avs only other goal of the game came in the third period on a five-on-three power-play.  It was about the only time in the game that they seemed to really control the puck. The play-by-play guy woke up again for this one.


And our next victim, ahem, I mean contestant is...

So now Detroit rests and waits.

The Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks matchup is Friday night at 10 p.m. EDT (9 p.m. CDT). The Stars are on the verge of eliminating the Sharks, leading the series three games to one. 

However, they are going back to the Shark Tank in SJ and the momentum is with San Jose. The Sharks could possibly come back from being down 3-0 to win the series.

It's happened before but the results are not pretty.

It can give a team a "high" coming back from being so close to going home and then winning the series but it's like a "sugar high."

It wears off too quickly and then they're good for nothing. Plus, both teams have played their hearts out trying to win and whoever does is pretty much beaten up anyway and sometimes becomes no challenge for the team that's waiting in the "Wings." (LOL)

On the other hand, there's the Wings—waiting.

This could be good or bad for them. They could be well rested for their next series or they could wait so long that they become out of it. 

Now, a look ahead for Detroit.

If the Stars win the series, Detroit will probably come up against a most worthy opponent. Out of any other team in the league, Dallas has the best shot at winning the Cup, next to the Wings. They're finishing checks, scoring goals, and most importantly, winning games.

The Sharks would also be a grand opponent but if they manage to pull out a series win over the Stars, they are going to be tired. 

Detroit is not a team anyone wants to meet tired.

Personally, I'm still pulling for the Sharks. Not because I think Dallas would or even could beat the Wings or that I don't like them (well, I really don't). It's a little more personal than that.

Since Detroit finished their series quickly and the next one probably won't start until next Thursday, that gives me plenty of time to get things in my life in order so I can sit back and watch the Wings continue their trek to Lord Stanley's Finals.

And to miss any of those games? Well, I just couldn't!


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