Detroit was unable to mount much competition after its Game 1 win and was swept in the final four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
As the lockers are cleaned out and sticks traded in for golf clubs, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Red Wings’ players regarding the outcome of the series.
Ansar Khan of MLive.com shared Mike Babcock’s sentiments:
We weren’t a tough out at all. We were good in Game 1 and I thought we were good for a period-and-half in Game 4…to find out how good they are you’ve got to push them. You go back and forth and win games and you get to around (Game) 6 and 7. We never did that.
The dissatisfaction was displayed on the players’ faces, expressed in the coach’s words and evident in the box score.
Hockeytown is not happy.
Sure, the team scored its 23rd consecutive postseason berth, but no professional franchise heads into the playoffs with the mindset “Hey, we’re just happy to be here.”
As children we were told that it’s rude to point fingers, but as hockey fans it’s what we do. As the Detroit Red Wings gear up for a summer on the links, here are the players who failed to meet expectations in the 2014 NHL playoffs.