Wings masters of flattery

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET


 The Detroit Red Wings are sticking to the book when it comes to talking to the media during the playoffs.

 Outside of a Chris Chelios quote that appears to take a shot at Canadians, there was nothing in the Detroit newspapers yesterday that could become poster material on Calgary's dressing room wall.

 Instead, Wings players, some of them bound for the Hall of Fame, heaped praise upon their opponents.

 "They're a team that is really difficult to play against," Wings captain Steve Yzerman told the Detroit Free Press.

 "Calgary is playing with a lot of confidence," Kris Draper told the Detroit News. "They believe in themselves and believe they can win. They've shown a lot of character."

 "This series is going to be a challenge," echoed goalie Curtis Joseph in the News. "Calgary is a tenacious team. Obviously, we have to slow down (Jarome) Iginla."

 Chelios was the only one to remotely rock the boat when he was asked what he was doing the last time the two franchises met in the playoffs -- in 1978 when Calgary was the Atlanta Flames.

 "No idea," Chelios told the Free Press. "I was graduating high school. Americans graduate. Canadians don't graduate ..."

 OK then.


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