Maybe this doesn't make me a "die hard" fan but I'm not as much of a "competitive series" sort of guy like some of you guys on here. I voted for the Flyers series with no hesitation. I would much, much rather watch the Wings dominate a supposedly superior opponent. Especially since, at that time, the Flyers were supposed to run over the Red Wings. It was awesome to watch the Wings outsmart and outwill the Flyers in four games.
I'd much rather watch dominance as well.
However, those series aren't as memorable as the competitive ones which have lots of ups and downs.
BTW, if we beat San Jose last year in game 7, I have no doubt most people would have voted for that. It's a shame.
Easily the Colorado series in 2002. I've never been so nervous for any games, including Cup Final games. Seven straight nerve wracking games. I knew we had to win that series to save face, after losing to them in 1999 and 2000.
The other choices were big wins for Detroit, but two of them were sweeps and not all that competitive. The St. Louis series was great, but the Colorado one was just better, minus the game 7 blowout. The game 7 against St. Louis was as good a game as I've ever seen.
Just thought we'd have a fun offseason thread with not much going on right now. I'm looking at many factors when compiling this list, such as: longevity, level of play, stats relative to the era, individual accolades and playoff numbers. I narrowed it down to three players because I thought that would generate the most debate and not get too complicated. At the end of the day (like everything else) this is still highly subjective, but I honestly tried to be as objective as possible.
Avalanche/Nordiques 1. Sakic 2. Roy 3. Forsberg
Blackhawks 1. Mikita 2. Hull 3. Esposito
Blue Jackets 1. Nash 2. Vyborny 3. Mason
Blues 1. Hull 2. MacInnis 3. Federko
Bruins 1. Orr 2. Bourque 3. Esposito
Canadiens 1. Richard 2. Beliveau 3. Lafleur
Canucks 1. Bure 2. Naslund 3. Linden
Capitals 1. Ovechkin 2. Bondra 3. Gartner
Coyotes/Jets 1. Hawerchuk 2. Steen 3. Doan
Devils 1. Brodeur 2. Stevens 3. Elias
Ducks 1. Selanne 2. Kariya 3. Niedermayer
Flames 1. Iginla 2. MacInnis 3. Fleury
Flyers 1. Clarke 2. Parent 3. Lindros
Hurricanes/Whalers 1. Francis 2. Staal 3. Brind’Amour
cept pro wrestling is like the circus, not real, and is no way a sport.
You obviously know nothing about pro wrestling.
Wrestlers get injured more often than any other athletes. They also don't have offseasons to rest up their bodies. Concussions especially are unavoidable in the ring. Sure the action is staged, but the point is they take many injuries to the head and take a ridiculous amount of painkillers to offset their problems and aches.
Fighting isn't as common as it used to be in hockey, but guys are bigger and stronger nowadays, and getting hit in the head by these giant enforcers has to take its toll on a brain and body. Also, there's a lot of stress with this particular job over some other positions in hockey.
Legace showed why he was a career backup. And that series was back during the years when Dats couldn't score in the playoffs. Painful memories.
I'd be amiss not to mention that Zetterberg scored 6 goals in that series in 6 games. He showed right away that he was a playoff player. Also, Robert Lang was really good for us that series, just like in 2004, despite all the crap he gets for being lazy too often.
So what is your favorite line in your time of watching the Wings? Here are some of mine:
1. Shanahan - Fedorov - Yzerman
Awesome line with future Hall of Famers and 3 of my favorite Wings players. It worked a lot better in 2002 than it did in the 2003 playoffs, but it was comforting knowing we had a line with that kind of star power, which could scare the hell out of opposing fans.
2. Maltby - Draper - McCarty
I had a hard time not putting the "Grind Line" number one. Kocur played on that line as well, but this version with McCarty is the one people remember best. I hope we see a line again which brings that kind of excitement to fans at the JLA.
3. Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Hull
Although Pavel and Hank became better players later in their career, this line with Hull was the most fun to watch. They had countless highlight reel goals and the passing was mesmerizing to watch. Hull was always an underrated passer.
4. Kozlov - Fedorov - Larionov
The "Russian Five", as they were known together with Fetisov and Konstantinov, are as good a line as you'll ever see in terms of puck possession and skill. Fedorov and Kozlov were both in their primes in that time. They were eventually split up into other lines which won Cups, but it's hard to forget this particular group. I don't remember who played center on this line, so I could be wrong putting Fedorov there.
5. Ellis - Hussey - Langfeld
Not s***ting you here. This line was so bad that they're actually good! They had solid chemistry from playing together in the AHL, but I remember seeing many shifts where they'd have a minute of puck possession cycling in the offensive zone, but were unable to get any shots on goal or even decent scoring chances. Maybe it's funnier in retrospect than it was at the time.