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Date of Release: May 25, 2008 
Type of Release: Public Relations 
Category: Events 

Stanley Cup Final Post-Game Quotes, Game 1 - Detroit (Drake, Draper)
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An Interview With:

       

DETROIT RED WINGS

 

DALLAS DRAKE

KRIS DRAPER

 

 

FRANK BROWN:  Questions?

 

            Q.  Draper, is Holmstrom a marked man, is he drawing penalties in front of the net that other guys might get away with.

            KRIS DRAPER:  I haven't seen a replay of that.  We felt in Dallas that should have been a goal.  But things happen fast.  You know the refs have to call it split second.  They don't have the luxury of instant replay.  I'm going to stick to the politically correct answer here.

 

            Q.  Drake, do you want to be a little less political?

            DALLAS DRAKE:  I can't right now.  None of us have seen it.  We tried to see it on the replay on the board on the clock as the game went on.  They didn't show it.  I haven't seen it on TV yet.  So until I see it, I probably shouldn't say anything.

 

            Q.  I think they had 7 shots on goal in the final two periods combined.  What were you able to do that really just stymied them from even getting chances?

            DALLAS DRAKE:  I think defensively we've been real good all year.  We're real fortunate in that our best players are our best defensive players as well.  Zetterberg and Datsyuk, you can stick them out there any time of the game.  And obviously they're going to play a lot against Crosby.  And we've got Lidstrom and we've got a number of defensemen really solid in our own zone.

            So I think as a whole, as a group, since training camp, we've tried to be good in our own zone, in the neutral zone.  I think this time of year it's starting to pay off a little bit.

 

            Q.  Kris, the faceoff win against Malkin shorthanded, is that a set play, as it were?  Cleary just flies out of there when you win the draw?

            KRIS DRAPER:  A lot of times when I take faceoffs in the neutral zone, I want Cleary to take off.  If I can get a clean win, we know our defense are going to get the puck down.  It just so happened that we got a great bounce.

            Sometimes it doesn't work out that way.  But even if we don't get the bounce, even if we don't get a scoring chance, you know we have a forecheck going on.

            And that's what we want to do.  You know, win faceoffs and make them start from their own end.  And it just happened tonight that we got a great bounce, and Cleary was able to bury it?

 

            Q.  Can you both comment on Lidstrom, not necessarily just tonight, but overall?

            KRIS DRAPER:  Unbelievable, game in, game out.  I've had the luxury of playing with Nick for 15 years.  And he just continues to amaze with his positional play, with what he can do in both zones.  He's so good with his stick.

            We're very lucky to be playing with one of the greatest, not only the greatest defensemen of all time, but one of the greatest players that this game has seen.  And very biased towards Nicklas Lidstrom, how good he is, and how valuable he is to our team?

 

            Q.  Kris, how did the penalty killing in the first period set the tone for the work ethic for the team through the last periods?

            KRIS DRAPER:  I think the one thing we continue to say, when we have a good night killing penalties, Chris Osgood is our best penalty killer.  That's what he was again tonight.  They had some great chances early on.  Ozzie was able to get a good piece of some shots that they were getting towards the net.

            He's been great for us.  But we got in a little bit of penalty trouble.  We kind of, we weathered the storm as you want to say.  And then like you said, the second and third period we were able to start playing the kind of hockey that we want to play.

            But we found a way to win a hockey game tonight.  We know that we have to be better.  And we've got a couple of days here to get ready for Game 2, and certainly want to be better and have a better effort.

 

            Q.  What was it like for you emotionally, were you able to block it out and just play?

            DALLAS DRAKE:  My heart was in my throat at the beginning of the game, I'll tell you that much, before the puck dropped.  With all the stuff going on, the activities and the crowd.  I was nervous.  I'm not going to lie to you.  Very nervous.  But as the game went on, I felt a lot more comfortable getting that first period under our belts, especially for me.  This is my first final.  So I felt a lot better as the game went on.

            But early on my first couple shifts, they were short, and I was just trying to make the smart plays.  But I was extremely nervous when the puck was dropped.

 

            Q.  Ozzie said that he didn't think they played a team that plays the style that you played in the playoffs as far as puck possession and really frustrating them.  Did you feel that way, did you sense they were frustrated?

            KRIS DRAPER:  I thought we did good things at times.  Like I said, for the first period, if it wasn't for Ozzie it could have been a different hockey game.  We were back on our heels a little bit.  We got into a little penalty trouble, like I said.  If he doesn't come up making those big saves, it's a different game.  But as the game progressed, I felt that we got better.  We were doing a better job in the neutral zone.

            And just like them, you know, they love being a puck possession team.  They love transition.  That's exactly how we scored our first goal.  Sami made a great job on a neutral zone turnover, and that was able for us to get the first goal.  Those are the things we want to do.  We want to keep skating, and we want to try to frustrate them.  At times we did do some good things, but overall we know we have to be better.

 

            Q.  Did you feel like you guys did frustrate some of their top players?

            DALLAS DRAKE:  Well, I don't know if we frustrated them.  I think in the first period we took too many penalties, and they had a lot of chances.  I think as the game went on we got a little better, especially in the neutral zone.  We want to take the puck out of the better player's hands when we can.  Obviously it's hard to do sometimes, especially when you're in the penalty box.  As the game went on, I felt we got better.  We started to skate a lot more.  Obviously wanted to get the pucks behind their defense and create some chances from there.  But when we're creating turnovers in the neutral zone, I think you see a lot of that, what happened tonight.

            FRANK BROWN:  Thank you.

 

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