- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2002

From combined dispatches
RALEIGH, N.C. The Detroit Red Wings are getting a lot of shots blocked before they ever reach Arturs Irbe again.
The Red Wings had 133 shots blocked in the Western Conference finals against Colorado and have had 76 blocked in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals by the Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit has blocked only 45 of Carolina's shots.
"I still think we have to keep shooting," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said before last night's Game 4. "If we slow down and think about not shooting, it would be negative for us."
The blocked shots haven't been all bad for the Red Wings. Detroit beat Colorado 2-1 in Game 3 after getting 34 shots blocked, and edged Carolina 3-2 in triple overtime Saturday night after seeing 38 blocked.
"The more pucks that go to the net, eventually some will get there and you might get a rebound or a deflection," Bowman said. "I don't think we want to change as far as taking the shots."

Carolina loves hockey
A lot has been written about the Carolina crowd during the playoffs. They have been loud and wild.
Detroit's Darren McCarty was stunned when he arrived for Game 3 and saw all the partying going on in the parking lot. Thousands of fans arrived at the Entertainment and Sports Arena four hours before game time to grill out and down a few cold ones.
"Anytime you can bring tailgating into hockey, that's a plus," McCarty said. "That's unbelievable. We were commenting on it after the national anthem. This place was rocking."
McCarty remembered the lean years when the Hurricanes moved from Hartford, Conn., and had to play two seasons in Greensboro while the Raleigh arena was being built.
"It's awesome to see now," McCarty said. "I remember going to the rink in Greensboro and they had 5,000 people there and most were Red Wings fans. But Carolina deserves this, they've played so well. I've always said that if you love NASCAR that hockey is like NASCAR. There are a lot of collisions, a lot of close calls."
McCarty said the crowd helped keep both teams going in the triple overtime game Saturday night.
"You are not going to fall to sleep, that's for sure" McCarty said. "Those people have to be dead tired from standing for three periods straight. That's all they do pretty much here, stand for most of the game. They're into it, and you've got to be into it, too."

Bowman: Stats overrated
The NHL is planning on doing away with the statistic on hits next season. As far as Scotty Bowman is concerned, the only stat worth keeping is goals scored.
The Detroit coach said a lot of the statistics on games are not accurate and are arbitrary.
"I never hang myself on all those stats," Bowman said. "It's an interpretation by the local person. Even in Detroit, we keep stats of our own. Sometimes they're close, and sometimes they are not."
Bowman said the stats on zone time and faceoffs are often inaccurate.
One stat that stood out from the triple overtime game Saturday night were the hits, with Carolina being credited with 69


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