DETROIT - While the renewed emphasis on physical (dirty) play in the National Hockey League has created a stir in the media, it's not causing much of a ripple among some hockey people.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked whether he felt these playoffs were more violent than in the past.
"Noooooooo," he said. "I just think it's a bunch of guys having some good times. I like watching. It looks like fun to me."
Nashville Predator coach Barry Trotz says their series with the Wings is nothing like the others.
"There isn't the same level of nasty stuff going on," Trotz said. "It's very controlled and calculated. Detroit likes to get into the crease and bump Pekka Rinne whenever they can but that's Detroit, we know that. There's some things we like to do to Howard as well."