Stanley Cup Finals Game Five: Surprised? Detroit Red Wings Learned Their Lesson

Chris MillerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 06:  Linesman Pierre Racicot breaks up a scuffle between Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Brett Lebda #22 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Five of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Any writer who comes out and states that they knew Detroit would beat the living crap out of Pittsburgh in game five of the Stanley Cup Final is foolish.

But, then again, if they predicted it before the game, then congratulations on being a Detroit fan who thinks their team will crush the opposition every single game.

Honestly, did anyone really expect this outcome? Anyone truly believe Pittsburgh could fizzle away their maturity and poise so early in a game?

Come on people, this was game five. Pittsburgh knew it. Detroit knew it.

Some people believe that with the series tied at two, they say to hell with the first four games, this is now a best-of-three.

It's still a best-of-seven folks. Every game a team learns from their successes, and learns from their mistakes.

Detroit learned a valuable lesson in Game Four when they lost their composure after a short handed goal from Jordan Staal set the tone for a second period explosion of sorts leading to the Penguins tying up the series.

What did Detroit learn from that game?

Control yourself. Don't get carried away. Don't let a deficit alter you.

Don't let adversity own you.

And that's the same lesson Pittsburgh must learn after an embarrassing performance in their 5-0 thumping on Saturday.

Detroit took their loss and learned from it. They got over it, and they rediscovered who they are and how they play.

Detroit exploited Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, in addition, exploited themselves.

It was known after game one that the referees were going to let the players play.

But don't believe the long believed myth.

Referees actually aren't blind.

They will more likely than not call an elbow to the head, a slash to the shin and ankle, a punch to the face of an opponent, who unlike you, Mr. Kunitz, still has his gloves on.

It was said on NBC during the broadcast that good penalties are easier to kill than dumb penalties.

For how subpar Ed Olczyk is as an analyst, he made a great point.

Detroit buried Pittsburgh as their penalty box gained occupants.

And they will, indeed, bury the Penguins in general if Pittsburgh fails to take this one helluva lesson and learn how to correct themselves just as Detroit did after game four.

Take it, swallow it, digest it, and, well, you know the next step.

If not, look for a sea of white completely engulfed by a small cluster of red after game six ends on Tuesday.