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Whether it is the puck hopping over one's stick, hitting a goalpost, tripping over your own two feet or something else, the value of "puck luck" cannot be underestimated.
The Red Wings would agree.
With 13:45 left in the third period of game four in Detroit, Jiri Hudler hit a goalpost. The puck careened around the end boards and ended up on the stick of Martin Erat.
Erat drew three Red Wings players as well as goalie Jimmy Howard towards him, and then hit Klein for a tap in goal.
In Game 5, with just under four minutes to go in the first period, Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey mishandled a puck as he tried to pass it to Jonathan Ericsson behind the net.
Nashville's David Legwand stole the puck and dished it out front, where a wide-open Alexander Radulov wired it into the top corner.
The Red Wings would never lead in that game.
Detroit failed for many reasons, but now is not the time to dwell on those failures. It is now up to head coach Mike Babcock and general manager Ken Holland to figure out what it will take to get Detroit back to their winning ways in the playoffs next season.
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