The Detroit Red Wings this season went through adversity to say the least. Early losses, injuries, and teaching the young guys what it was like in the
In many minds, this was a "rebuilding" year for the Wings. They lost veteran players including their captain Nicklas Lidstrom. Many were saying that the Wings would have a successful season if they made the playoffs.
Not only did they make the playoffs, they gave everything they had once they were there. Being down in the series 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks, the Wings showed Motown that they were in the playoffs to stay. The Wings won the next two games including Game 7 in
The Wings were set to play the team with the best record in the
Enter Game 7 at the Madhouse on
Now, let's take a moment to step back. Was this a disappointing way to end a series where the Wings were up 3-1? Of course! But if someone told Mike Babcock or any of the players at the beginning of the series, 'You are going to get to go to overtime in Game 7' many of them would have taken it. The Wings were one goal away, one bounce away, one shot away, from moving to the Western Conference Finals and beating arguably the best team in hockey -- on their own ice.
This season certainly was rough for the Wings but all in all, it was a success.
The future looks bright for the Wings.
The Red Wings certainly showed that they can compete at a very high level with the youngsters they have. Now with a year of experience under their belt, the future looks bright.
With the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference next year, the next time the Wings could see the Hawks in the playoffs, it will be for a Stanley Cup … and that could be sweet revenge!
Wings eliminated in OT -- freep.com
Wings didn't fold, came up short -- detroitnews.com
There is hope for future -- freep.com
Wings put heart on display -- detroitnews.com
Babcock pleased with effort -- detroitnews.com
Surprising season ends -- redwings.nhl.com
Bright future for Wings -- detroitnews.com
Howard consoles Kronwall -- freep.com