2008 Stanley Cup Champions: Questions and Analysis
The Stanley Cup has just been awarded to the Detroit Red Wings for the 2007-08 season.
They won it on the road, the first team to do it since the Devils won the Cup in Dallas in 2000.
Everyone is saying they deserve it, and I for one will say the same thing, but they were very close to having a Game Seven.
First of all, the winning goal, everyone is saying it was a beauty but to be honest, that was a lucky goal. Zetterburg took a shot and it trickled between Fleury's legs but did not go in.
No one had any idea where the puck was and everyone was waiting for a whistle until a pile came crashing into the Penguins goaltender, forcing him to fall back and in the process, put the puck in the net. If this was Game Five that would've clearly been called goaltender interference.
Now, Red Wings fans, don't start whining, saying I am just a hater because one, I am not a fan of the Pens, I am a Leaf fan. I know what it's like to have everyone critiquing an elite team performance; I am a fan of the New England Patriots as well.
Secondly, the "clutch" face-off performance in Game Six by Kris Draper. Now, it's hard for me to hate Draper after everything he has done for the Canadian Hockey system, but what I want you all to do is take a look at how he wins most of his draws. About 90-95 percent of his draws are scrambled and he gloves it to his teammate. I am guessing Draper is exempt from glove passing calls.
All in all though, I knew Detroit had this series. Pittsburgh gave them a run for their money but in the end, Detroit will do anything for a Stanley Cup, just like New England will do anything for a Super Bowl. The only thing is that Detroit actually capitalized and won on the road.
Also, I must say to NHL management: look back at this season and re-train your referees. They are only human but they miss so much.
To Marc-Andre Fleury, you have a great future ahead of you, even if you didn't get the Conn Smythe Trophy.
To the Pittsburgh Penguins, you had a great run; come back and try again.
To Kris Draper, rethink the way you do face-offs because I have a feeling that in the near future, you will be under watch for your "scramble-glove" maneuver.
Finally, to the Detroit Red Wings, congratulations for your Stanley Cup victory but in the new NHL and the way everyone is evolving, $500 says you can't do what you did in 1998 and repeat.
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