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The Detroit Red Wings failed to repeat as Stanley Cup champions when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a tight 2-1 loss in Game 7. It was obviously a very disappointing loss after the team had grabbed a 2-0 series lead and later held a 3-2 advantage in the finals. The Wings will look to regroup next season and try to take back the Cup from Pittsburgh.
The Wings fought hard, but the tired and injured squad could not overcome a hungry, healthier Pittsburgh team.
The Wings lost Game 7, but it wasn’t because of their netminder Chris Osgood. Ozzie had a fantastic postseason, recording amazing numbers which include a 15-8 playoff record, 2.01 GAA, and a .926 save percentage.
Forward Marian Hossa signed a one-year deal with the Wings during the last offseason, believing that the Wings gave him the best shot at winning the Stanley Cup this season. Unfortunately for Hossa, his former team defeated the Wings leaving Hossa without a Cup for another year. Even so, Hossa says he has no regrets.
If anything, this postseason showed us that the Wings have some fantastic up-and-comers in the pipeline including the likes of Darren Helm and Jonathan Ericsson.
First, the players will take much needed vacations as they try to let their bodies recover and heal up from a grueling 114 games this season.
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft kicks off on June 26th. Which players will Detroit take when the brain trust walks on the stage in Montreal?
GM Ken Holland has a lot to think about in the coming weeks. Does he re-sign Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, and Mikael Samuelsson (he won’t be able to keep all three due to the salary cap)?
Wings Vice president Steve Yzerman has to name the head coach for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics by the end of the month. Will he tab Wings head coach Mike Babcock for the position?
Thank You Fans
The Detroit Red Wings organization would like to thank all of its fans for supporting the team this season and into the long playoff run. Hockeytown has the best fans in the world and we could not have done it without you! We will continue to update Hockeytown Blog throughout the summer so please keep stopping by and commenting on our posts. Go Wings!