There are a lot of reasons not to count the Anaheim Ducks out of their series quite yet.
As Coach Randy Carlyle pointed out in his press conference after game five, the team can't play much worse.
Regardless of how bad things were, the Ducks have a completely new game to look forward to tomorrow night, a clean slate, regardless of everything being on the line. For fans of both teams, there are a lot of things to bear in mind though, as Detroit doesn't have it made in the shade just yet.
1. Game six is in Anaheim—The Ducks have a great fanbase, rest assured the Quacking faithful will be out in droves to cheer on their team. Anaheim is a dangerous team, with dangerous momentum at home. If you were Anaheim would you want to end your season at home in front of your fans? I think not.
2. For the last several years, Anaheim has been the only team to truly pose Detroit playoff problems—Anaheim for much of the past has been the ones to help give Detroit the ole' swift kick out of the race to drink from the Cup. I'm not saying they will do it again, but don't forget the past history these teams have.
3. The Ducks slayed the San Jose dragon—Are they burned out from beating off one top team? No. They have never appeared even dinged from that series. Detroit truly is a tougher opponent, but Anaheim knocked off one top dog and could with a complete game and the right motivation do it again.
4. Anaheim's veteran leadership—It is accurate to say in most respects Detroit may be the better team, but most of the individual names that pop out to me wear the orange and black. Scott Niedermayer, brother Rob, Chris Pronger, Ryan Getzlaf, and Teemu Selanne to name a few all are amazing playoff performers.
Although the Ducks truly do have their backs against the wall, don't count the team out yet regardless of who you are cheering for. If they weren't up for the challenge they likely wouldn't have made the playoffs to begin with.