May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Advance Behind Veteran Leadership

Mike Babcock showed in game 7 why he is one of the best coaches in the National Hockey league. Babcock broke up his top line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader and spread them out among all the lines while keeping the Anaheim Ducks guessing the entire game. His line adjustments allowed the Red Wings veterans to provided calm leadership during the pressure of an elimination game.

Late game gaffs by the Detroit Red Wings younger players have caused problems for the Wings during the entire series. Turnovers and lapses in concentration have caused the Wings to give away leads and lose games. The Red Wings playoff veterans refused to allow that to happen again as they held on to the lead in the third period in front of a very friendly crowd at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Anaheim’s elimination spoiled a Ducks vs Kings series Californians were glossing the “Highway 5 Series”.Maybe the Ducks were looking ahead and how the only highway the Ducks will be hitting will be the long one home after a disappointing upset loss at the hands of the Wings.

The series victory sets up an original six match-up in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Blackhawks have had the Red Wings number this season sweeping the season series between the two Central Division rivals. The puck will drop Wednesday in Chicago and Detroit Jock City will be there with all the latest Stanley Cup Playoff news.

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