Look, I hate making excuses. We lost.
However, the loss is easier to take when you realize taht not only was our defense out of commission (yet still showed up reasonably well) but: Hossa was snake bit (it happens), Datsyuk was seriously injured and it showed, Holmstrom was even more seriously injured and it really showed. That's our top lineup right there, out of commission. Zetterberg was too busy playing defense to be an offensive threat. That's a serious dent in offense.
Oh yeah, I forgot about Cleary and Draper's injuries as well.
So yeah, I think in this case, blaming the loss at least partially on a serious spat of injuries beyond the usual pale is acceptable. The Pens barely eked out a win against a team playing at about half-strength.
EDIT: Jeez, Zetterberg was injured, too? Seriously people, it's amazing we got within a single awesome save away from tying and going on to win the Cup.
All this considered I think Detroit is by far the favorite to win it next year. They'll be back with a freaking vengeance.
Edited by VM1138, 16 June 2009 - 11:36 AM.