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03-19-2013, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
This is why I said "96 and 03 Wings." 95 Wings were still finding their system and their winning ways. In 96 and 03 there was no excuse.
1996 Red Wings got cold at the wrong time. Struggling to put away the Jets and dropping three-straight to the Blues is not the right way to enter a series against a red-hot Joe Sakic and the grizzly bear in the Colorado net that Detroit had been poking with a stick.

2003? Can't beat a goaltender who doesn't lose overtime games in an entire run.

How about the 1999 Detroit Red Wings? Not the best regular season team, but 7 HOFers and some marquee rentals in Samuelsson, Clark, and Ranford. Coming off of two-consecutive Stanley Cups, they opened the playoffs with six-straight wins before dropping four-straight to get eliminated. Might have been Yzerman's and Shanahan's best playoffs, but the team hit the wall hard - both offensively and defensively:

Four Playoff Losses
Team Save Percentage: .838 (98/117)
Opposition Save Percentage: .954 (146/153)

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