Why were the Red Wings upset in the playoffs so many times?
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01-14-2013, 01:46 PM
Buck Aki Berg
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1992 wasn't really an upset - Detroit had 43 wins that season, so they weren't exactly a juggernaut. To be taken down by the second-place Blackhawks isn't an upset.
1993 is even less of an upset. Detroit only had three more wins all season than Toronto, not to mention they split the season series with three wins and a tie each.
1994 - pure BS luck for SJ
.. I don't know how they managed to
literally come within an inch
of appearing in the conference finals, let alone take down Detroit.
2001 - LA found a way to come back and win game 3 (?), and just rode the momentum the rest of the way. And don't let the seventh-seeding fool you - thew Kings were pretty good that year (hell, if not for a crappy third period in game 7, they could have taken down the eventual-champion Avs in the next round)
2004 - again, Detroit wasn't head and shoulders above Calgary by any means. I wouldn't have favoured Calgary going into that series, but it's not unthinkable that they won.
2006 - see 1994.
Bottom line, with 21 straight playoff appearances, the failures are bound to pile up just as quickly as the successes.
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