By Stu Hackel
“It’s interesting as you watch the playoffs, there’s lots of nice players during the regular season and they’ve got good skill level and all that but if you don’t got a drivetrain, if you don’t compete at the highest level, you can’t win at this time of the year. It’s all about competition level, it’s all about digging in and winning that simple little battle.” — Mike Babcock (video)
The Red Wings coach was talking about Pavel Datsyuk, who accelerated his play on Sunday night to keep Detroit alive with a 4-3 comeback win against San Jose. But it’s the concept of that “drivetrain” that Babcock was speaking about that concerns us today. It’s a good Detroit automotive metaphor for what moves things forward.