I'm Not Surprised the Detroit Red Wings Lost the Stanley Cup

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 15:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup as Maxime Talbot #25 of the Penguins sprays the crowd during Stanley Cup Champion Victory Parade on June 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

I watched Games Six and Seven.

In those two games, the Detroit Red Wings' offense was flatter than Kansas (and since I lived in Kansas from 1974 to 1981, I should know).

Maybe it was just being tired or maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins just played great defense. Probably a bit of both. In Game Seven, each time Detroit seemed to get the puck near the Penguins' goal, they were swarmed by defensemen. It's like chess: when you surround the king and create an impenetrable defense, you will be very successful. I also remember one power play where one Red Wing tried to skate through a swarm of Penguin defenders instead of getting set up for a clean shot.

Congrats on the Stanley Cup, Penguins, and maybe Sidney Crosby will become the savior that keeps hockey in the Steel City.