March blowout must have inspired Red Wings

Detroit zamboni driver Al Sobotka whoops it up with an octopus that was thrown onto the ice by a...

Detroit zamboni driver Al Sobotka whoops it up with an octopus that was thrown onto the ice by a fan in the third period of last night's game against the Blackhawks. (REUTERS)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

DETROIT - Do you think in the motivational moments prior to his team’s latest playoff game, the date (and tape) of March 31 may have come up for Red Wings coach Mike Babcock?

It may just have been one night in the rapid-fire season and one big bullying effort in the Chicago Blackhawks’ surge to being the top team in the regular season.

But for a coach who has won most of the big championships in the sport, he long ago learned what buttons to push. So yes, we’re willing to bet that the 7-1 throttling the Hawks put on the Wings that night was mentioned.


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