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01-12-2013, 04:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Detroit blew through the regular season and first three rounds of the playoffs and were being called one of the best teams of all time. Then they were swept by NJ in the finals. Some blamed the Red Wings for being too soft (the entire team looked scared after Scott Stevens' big hit on Slava Kozlov). Some credited/blamed NJ's innovative "Neutral Zone Trap!" (that was really just a minor variation of the old Montreal system that Jacques Lemaire gave a catchy name to).
Believe it or not, this was when Detroit was getting a reputation (started in 1994, continued in 1995 and 1996) of a major choking team - similar to the more recent Ottawa and San Jose teams, but even more dominant in the regular season. Obviously, Detroit turned it around big time.
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