That is my biggest disappointment as a Wings fan, and it's pretty hard to top it.
To each their own, but it wasn't even close to being my biggest disappointment as a Wings fan. 1) 1994, 2) 2006, and 3) 2001 were far worse for me, in that order. It was a fun ride winning the Western Conference again and going back to the finals, the Anaheim and Chicago series were excellent!
I think the NHL should hand out points like they did in the Olympics, every game is 3 points. 3-points for a regulation win, 2-points for a OT or SO win, 1-point for losing in OT, and 0 for losing in 60 minutes.
The SO isn't going anywhere, so in my opinion, this makes the most sense.
From watching it I don't think LaPhew thinks he did anything wrong when he hit Draper. Just hockey.
That's what bothers me the most, he doesn't think he did anything wrong.
Edit: Lemieux says he didn't mean to hurt Draper, but what did he expect would happen by driving (someone smaller than him, and with his back to him) his face into the boards? DMac was right there and said he heard a pop sound. Sick! Gutless!.. Then there's all that B.S. Claude said about Draper the next season.
When you post about international hockey your post are very American leaning for being a Canadian. Maybe not American leaning but anti-Canadian.
I've been a Detroit fan since the mid-80's, so I think differently than fellow Canadians when it comes to sports. Other than seeing the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Toronto and Hamilton, I don't go to Toronto for sporting events, I drive to Detroit for Red Wings and Tigers games.
I still don't understand the "It's our game" comments. My response is "So?". Canada still has to earn the victories, it's not a God given right. Personally, as a Canadian and a Hockey fan, I think it's great Hockey is so excepted world wide, and I think the rest of the country should feel the same way. Be proud, not "It's our game".
Every country that plays hockey has helped the development and greatness of the game. Plus us Detroit fans see how important Americans, Europeans, and Russians have been to the success of our organization, along with Canadians.
Not to sound like a jerk, but this discussion and question comes up a lot. Isn't it just like going to any other event? Just drive to the arena, find a parking lot for a decent price, follow the pack of fans going to the venue, and have a map to find your way back to the freeway when the game is over.
Seriously, when I take the car (sometimes I take the bus from Windsor) West Congress St. has a few lots you can park in for $10. When you're parked the car and pay the dude in the booth, walk west towards Washington Street, and turn left to Cobo Hall. When you're at Cobo Hall, follow the other Wings fans through Cobo to The Joe.