Red Wings Notebook: Goalie interference penalties irk Babcock

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Detroit coach Mike Babcock dodged.

He didn't want to discuss the goaltender interference penalties called on Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary in the first and second overtime periods Monday in the Red Wings' 4-3, triple-overtime loss to the Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.

But Babcock isn't one to keep quiet about something that bothers him, like the calls drawn by Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

"I'll jump on the soapbox," Babcock said yesterday. "We talk about scoring more goals in the National Hockey League. We want more goals. No, they don't. Don't tell me that. I've never seen anything like that in my whole life."

Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood -- who was accused by the Penguins of diving to draw the same penalty against Petr Sykora late in Game 2 -- agreed.

"I think it was more a case of a player driving hard to the net," Osgood said.

"When you're taking a shot at the goalie, you're pushed in. You have a lot of speed. It's hard to stop. You can't stop on a dime."

Babcock took a little dig at Penguins coach Michel Therrien, who has accused the Red Wings of getting away with obstruction. Babcock apparently believes Therrien has been trying to influence calls by going public with his concerns.

"I'm going to try what the other guy has been trying all series," Babcock said.

Exciting final

With momentum shifts, strong goaltending on both sides at times, long stretches of two-way play between whistles and big goals at critical times, this has been what many would call an exciting final.

"We said it right from the start -- this had the makings of being a great series," Red Wings center Kris Draper said.

Although the team has enjoyed soaking it in, they had hoped to finish by now.

"You have to enjoy it while you're here. Everyone else is at home wanting to be here," Babcock said.

Fleury needs more rubber

Though his team had 58 shots on goal in Game 5, Babcock would like Fleury to feel more rubber.

"He's a big goalie," the coach said. "Sometimes you try to be too fine. Don't be fine; just shoot it at him. There's a 4-by-6 [foot space] there. There will be second chances."


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