Stanley Cup Finals 2011, Game 7: Don't Complain When Your Favorite Team Loses

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Stanley Cup Finals 2011, Game 7: Don't Complain When Your Favorite Team Loses
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Every Stanley Cup Finals series carries the potential to produce one of the most storied moments in NHL history.

As each game unfolds, hockey fans witness the intense, passionate game at its absolute highest level. The series that determines the winner of the most sought-after athletic trophy in all of North America never fails to remind die-hard fans why they love this sport.

Though any finals series is sure to have its share of storylines and discussion points, the events that have occurred in this year's finals seem to stick out.

The first six games have delivered: a "missed" offsides call, a bite, a check that resulted in a four-game suspension, and a silly argument among goaltenders that was a professional athlete's version of passing angry notes in a schoolroom.

The strange collection of events will conclude tonight, June 15, when the NHL season reaches a finale.

Just as the players who will be out on the ice that night do, die-hard fans of both teams go into Game 7 knowing that within a few hours, they will reach either complete euphoria or utter dejection.

Winning the league championship is the most fulfilling aspect of being dedicated to a sports team, and whoever watches their team hoist the Stanley Cup tonight has nothing to complain about in terms of hockey.

However, it's inevitable the fans coming out on the short end will look for excuses they can use as complaining points until their team comes that close again (see 1999 for an example).

In an effort to curb the whining and help that losing side deal with the season's end maturely, here is a collection of the most-likely griping points for each side—and reasons why the fans should keep their mouths shut about them.

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