Wings need to play it smart, avoid getting caught up in shenanigans

Mike Ribeiro's slashing of Chris Osgood only validated the Dallas Stars' palpable frustrations as they fell into an 0-2 hole. But for the Red Wings, the task is straightforward: maintain focus and discipline.

Updated: May 12, 2008, 1:45 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

DALLAS -- By fining and not suspending Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, the NHL probably went along with what the Detroit Red Wings expected … or, more importantly, could live with.

Especially if the trade-off had been accepting a corresponding suspension of goalie Chris Osgood (raising the question, Hey, Dominik, you awake?). The Detroit "victory" on the league-discipline front then would have been hollow and perhaps bordering ...

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