Maybe the last time we see Babcock in Detroit. It was fun, but maybe its time for a new message. A stomping by the Bruins sandwiched by two heart breaking game 7 losses. Howard didn't play a single game; I wonder how he feels. Tampa was the better team. Detroit almost made their defense/system look invincible. I believe we will see Tampa beat Montreal and head to the Conference Finals against New York. I think Detroit needs a new coach, should trade Howard, and should find some offensive threats in the off-season. Zetterberg has declined substantially, and well, where is the offense going to come from next season?
I'm proud of our boys. They went further than I thought they would. They won three more games than the star-studded 2002-03 Red Wings. That team had Federov, Hull, Shanahan, Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Larionov, Holmstrom, Malty, Draper, Robitaille, McCarty, Chelios, Schneider and Yzerman, to drop a few names. There have been many game 7s in this franchise's past 15 years. Maybe all it takes is a little bit a push to get this team over the hump and back into Stanley Cup contention.
Never give up Wings! May we come out better next year, keep the streak going, and hey... maybe even make it out of the quarterfinals!
Good luck to Tampa and everybody else still in the playoffs.
I want to pipe in and say that I think it's sad when people chant the negative stuff. I wouldn't even chant "Tampa Bay sucks!" I don't think they suck. I don't think any team or player in the NHL sucks. They are all competitors in a difficult league. I saw a post here that said "somebody should injure Tyler Johnson". I mean, really? When he scored the two goals and carried his team, I felt happy for him. Of course if the Wings lose, it would be major heart-ache, but that's not going to make me "hate" other players or teams. I just cheer, cheer, cheer for the Wings, and try to feel good for other teams and players when they have success. I would like to see Joe Louis Arena focus on positively impacting their team and let go of the silly "Bulls***", etc. chants. It's not going to happen, though, "the mass" just doesn't operate that way.
So for everybody who said Smith would choke the puck up and blow our lead, it didn't happen. What did happen is Smith contributed to offensive puck-position time with good skating, outlet passes and offensive pinches. Thatta boy Smithy!