sil wrote:What happened in 2009 during games 5, 6, and 7 when Detroit basically neutralized Malkin and Crosby? In game 5 we threw a 60-minute temper tantrum, but then in games 6 and 7 we controlled the play with secondary role players (especially the Cooke/Staal/Kennedy line), ground down whoever the Wings had leftover when their Malkin/Crosby shadows were on the bench, and wore our shutdown pair of D till they went out of style.
This is how we won the cup in 2009...it wasn't Malkin tearing up the wings...it was a more balanced team with some very strong defensive defenders (Scuderi, Gill, and to a lesser extent Eaton). Everyone wants to see Crosby, Malkin, and Staal in the top 6 and leave our third and fourth lines as garbage...well, that'll probably get us another Art Ross trophy, but (especially with the D we have now) I don't see us winning the cup with that model...or even coming close.
I think that 2009 Cup win was a much bigger upset than people realize. Down 0-2 and 3-2 in the series and they win? It could have very easily gone the other way.