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• No matter what's happened this playoff season, Detroit coach Mike Babcock has managed to maintain a refreshing equilibrium, at least when it comes to dealing with the media.
Asked whether it was tough to stay positive having played so well the past three games only to lose two of them, Babcock said if he had to hang around with reporters any more, he might be less optimistic.
"If I had to spend a bunch of time with you guys, it would be way tougher. In the world I'm living in, it's way brighter than it is in here," Babcock said with a grin.
Asked about the mood in the Wings' dressing room as the team faces a must-win situation in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night, Babcock was matter-of-fact.
"The mood is we've got to win a game. If you don't win, you don't get to play anymore," Babcock said. "That's what the playoffs come down to. You don't win, you don't get to play. We've got a pretty confident, determined group. Like I said, it would be a totally different thing if I was in my locker room and we've been outplayed three games in a row.
"I don't know, I mean, everybody sees things the way they want. But the way I see things, our club's had every opportunity and we just have to keep driving."
• On the other side of the coaching fence, Anaheim's Randy Carlyle suggested that the perception that the Red Wings have dominated the past three games of the series (they did) and that the Ducks are lucky to be ahead in the series 3-2 (they are) is a media distortion not based in reality.
"Well, again, we leave that for other people to make those statements to categorize where we're at," Carlyle said. "There's been a lot made about how much they've dominated us. I didn't see quite the same amount of input in the press when we dominated them in the first game."
• Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi
did not skate Monday after suffering back spasms. He missed most of the last half of Game 5 on Sunday because of the injury. If he can't go in Game 6 on Tuesday, Jiri Hudler
will return to the lineup. Bertuzzi missed most of the season recovering from back surgery.
• Former NHL star Brett Hull
, who won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002, ripped the Ducks during NBC's Game 5 telecast, saying he believed the Wings would come back and force Game 7 because they've outplayed the Ducks so badly. Predictably, that went over well in the Anaheim dressing room.
"That's why he's on TV, I guess," Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger
said. "He's going to make those statements. Yeah, it wasn't our best game, but bottom line is, you've got to win the game. He should know that. He played."
-- Scott Burnside