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Detroit looking to cut down on penalties

Friday, 04.15.2011 / 3:08 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog

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2011 WCQF: Detroit-Phoenix Live Blog
Detroit looking to cut down on penalties
After committing five penalties in the first 25 minutes of Game 1 and six overall, the Red Wings know they can't keep parading to the penalty box and completely shutting down the Phoenix power play.

Detroit killed off all six penalties in the first game, but it's probably best not to keep testing goalie Jimmy Howard and the penalty killing units so often.

"We can't take the penalties, especially the stick penalties," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We high-sticked someone, we took, I think, four other stick penalties. I mean, they told us before (the game) how it was going to be and we didn't handle it the right way."

Luckily, the penalty killers and Howard were up to the task on more than one occasion.

"In the end, we were fortunate that Howie made an unbelievable save on (Radim Vrbata) on a 5-on-3 when he was by himself, he made a great save on (Ray Whitney) when they got a nice carom off the backboard and he made a breakaway save on (Shane Doan)," Babcock said. "Otherwise we don’t win the game. That's the facts. These things can all be helped with better discipline and recovering with your feet instead of your stick."
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