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01-12-2013, 05:26 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
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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.
The old mentor vs his younger Student in Bowman and Lemaire. Bowman was going crazy angered about the clutch and grab in that series but the officials would not call it any different. It lead to a big crackdown the next year.
A lot of the wings forwards(And Paul Coffey) were angry after game 2 because Bowman would not budge on his stance of defense first and short shifts and let them open up and be creative(Most prominently Yzerman, Sheppard and Ciccarelli), when several of them thought it might make a difference as the current strat was not working.
Led to some animosity and trade rumors for Yzerman, and a few other guys actually getting shipped
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