Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The Detroit Red Wings captured their 11th Stanley Cup with a 3-2 victory in Game 6. Led by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg, the 'Wings once again showed that "The Machine" just doesn't care where they play!
Nashville, Dallas, or Pittsburgh on the road... Game 6? No problem. This team is built perfectly for post-lockout hockey. They are quicker, faster, and just too disciplined to deal with. The Red Wings basically take your offense away and put you in a straight-jacket-like blanket. You have no room to maneuver, pass, or let alone think you're possibly going to create shots! In the end, they deserve the Cup. They are the best and I really don't think any team can deal with them at this moment! Congratulations to the Red Wing players and franchise.
As for the Penguins, I really was surprised how a team that rolled through the Eastern Conference Playoffs with such ease, could look so inept against the Red Wings. You have to admit, no one would of guessed that the Pens would have been shut down they way Detroit did! I mean, really, 9 goals in 6 games? Who in their right mind would of predicted that! Maybe the young Pens cracked under the pressure. This is Lord Stanley's Cup afterall. Maybe Detroit was the real reason behind Pittsburgh's play in this series. I know now that Detroit is a "Super Machine", but I think Pittsburgh definitely felt the heat and did not perform as well as they could have (and did in the Eastern Conference Playoffs). All in all, the Penguins had a great season, it just came up a bit short against a better team.
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