It's also hard to compare him to Dave Lewis, who inherited a great team with loads of Hall of Famers. I could have coached those teams to the division title. As for the playoffs, I'm not sure if Bowman would have solved Giguere and Kiprusoff. It just wasn't happening in those two playoffs for us.
I don't remember much of the series against Calgary, but against Anaheim I agree with you. I don't think the Wings could've played any better that series. Giguere stopped like 35+ shots against them, stealing every game. Hell, that first game where they went into triple overtime he stopped something like ~65 SOG and only allowed 1. Very unfortunate for the Wings.