PITTSBURGH The Detroit Red Wings enjoyed a day off fit for the stars.
Not the Dallas Stars, either.
Blocked by the NHL from returning to Detroit during the two-day layoff between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Red Wings spent a day of luxury Thursday at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Some players took advantage of the resort's spas, while others received massages and played informal soccer games. Other activities at the resort included golf at the Mystic Rock course, site of the PGA's former 84 Lumber Classic, a Hummer off-road trail, fly fishing and shooting.
According to the resort, the men's spa offers Swedish messages no doubt an attraction to the Red Wings' seven Swedish-born players.
The trip to the resort requires some travel on two-lane roads and can take 90 minutes or more from Pittsburgh, or about one-third the time it takes to drive to Detroit.
"I thought what we did was great, absolutely fantastic," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday. "It's a great spot we went to, (to) totally get away from hockey and do something different, which I think is important."
The Red Wings preferred to go home after Game 3, practice there for two days and return to Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon for Game 4 Saturday night. But the NHL wouldn't allow that, citing the necessity of making players and coaches available to the news media during the break.
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