No I dont think so. To say what if and then say they lost fair and square and that the impact of not having one of the best defensive forwards in the game is just an excuse is ridiculous. If Pavel does not come back and the Wings end up losing the series, I would have to say it has everything to do with injuries. The impact that Pavel has more so this playoffs defensively is unmatched. Yes I know other players (esp Z) have stepped up, but true hockey people can not dismiss what Pavel truly does for this team at both ends of the ice. I have no problem being classy if they are defeated, but dont kid yourself in thinking that it was a true defeat. What would you say if Crosby or one of your best all around players was not playing and we defeated you?