Personally, I don't give a **** about next year right now. If you have a 3-1 lead, and a lead going into the 3rd period at home in game 6, you should win the series. The Wings came out with a piss poor effort, while the Hawks came out in game 5 on fire. They are not that much more talented than the Wings, they are out working the Wings. That's where I have the issue.
Looks like those 3 wins may have been a fluke. Good season but 3-1 lead in a series no way you should blow that.
Who is throwing the towel in? Just pointing out the glaring reasons they lost tonight...I agree Kronwall looked bad at times too. I think he tries too much for the redirect of rebound off the boards when he attempts a shot, he needs to just blast it at the net...Q and K were awful, no ifs and or buts about it...Everyone who didn't play on the top line played with 20% energy...it was painfully obvious. Goal #2 was soft for Jimmy's standards, but despite all this, it came down to a one goal game basically...lack of offense and dumb, momentum killing penalties... Hell if is wasn't for a 5 on 3, we'd had been shutout...
As unimpressive as the WIngs were tonight the Ducks only squeaked out a 1 goal win (+EN). Plenty of room for improvement for the WIngs and still a very winnable series.