The Red Wings’ Season Comes to an End

Detroit Red Wings' goaltender Jimmy Howard consoles defenseman Niklas Kronwall after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, May 29, 2013.

Detroit Red Wings‘ goaltender Jimmy Howard consoles defenseman Niklas Kronwall after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, May 29, 2013.

My Detroit Red Wings lost tonight to the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

I have to admit I didn’t hold out much hope that the Wings would win this series.  Heck, there was a time I didn’t think they’d make the playoffs.  There were big changes before the start of this lockout-shortened season, most notably the retirement of Norris Trophy-winning defenseman and Perfect Human Nicklas Lidstrom, and the decision by Brad Stuart to play for the San Jose Sharks, because his family lives in SoCal and he wanted to be near them.  A noble reason, and good for him for putting family first, but it stunk for the Wings.

Then once the shortened season got going, it seemed the Wings’ players were making a steady march to the infirmary.  At one point I believe there were nine players out with injuries – nine!  The upside of all these injuries is that a lot of the young players from the farm team in Grand Rapids got invaluable big league experience.    Continue reading

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