Not done yet. Not words you normally use for a team up 3-2 in a 7 game series. But I feel compelled to say it. The Detroit Red Wings are not done yet.
Yes, Chicago won tonight 4-1. They won the President's Cup Trophy, after all. They are a very good hockey team. They were at home. They had the last change. The Red Wings took a few dumb penalties. The Blackhawks had lost three straight games coming in to game five tonight. They were due for a win.
There are two more games in this series. The Wings need one more victory. Every night in this series, they have played hard. They don't quit. They have the best player in hockey on their roster. Let me repeat, they have the best player in hockey, Pavel Datsyuk, on their roster. They have an amazing goalie in Jimmy Howard. Henrik Zetterberg as a captain. A bunch of kids playing out of their minds. And a slew of seasoned veterans who know how to get the job done. The future is so bright.
But for now, there are the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Red Wings are not done yet. I told myself I would be at peace with this odd season if they made playoffs. They not only made the playoffs, they made it out of the first round. And they are up, against the "best team in hockey" this season, in the second. What a great time to be a Wings fan. A Detroit fan.
So we come back to Hockeytown on Monday for game six. Back to our city, with our fans filling Joe Louis Arena to cheer for our team.
Bring it on, Chicago. We'll be ready.
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