...to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They simply wanted this series more than the Red Wings did.
I got the impression about midway through Game Four that the Wings felt that the Stanley Cup should just automatically be theirs. They weren't winning races to pucks. They weren't winning little battles. They looked a little bit tired.
Of course, the Pens got the benefit of some VERY poor calls by line judges. The first goal tonight in Game Seven should have been an icing call, but of course it didn't get called. This goes along with the first goal in Game Four that should have been called offsides and the six men on the ice for 21 seconds that didn't get called then immediately led to a Wings penalty and a Pittsburgh goal.
Oh well, in order to win you need to play through those bad calls, and the Wings couldn't do it. Oh well, there's always next year!!!