I was in 5th grade at the time. I was cleaning out my old room recently and found my school journal, which was a detailed look at strike negotiations and daily breakdowns of the shortened 95 season. 10 year old me was NOT happy with the Sharks getting swept in the 2nd round that year.
Fun fact about the 95 Wings. Some commentators this year and last have gotten on the case of the Sharks beating the Wings by one goal. They point out last year Sharks won in 5, but the only blowout was the Wings Game 4.
Looking back in 95, I had to refresh my memory of the WCF then. It was Hawks vs. Wings.
Wings jumped out to a 3-0 series, but all 3 were one goal games. Two of those games were OT games. Hawks won Game 4 5-2, and the Wings won in OT again in 5 to close it out. It's funny because while that was a long time ago, I don't recall people saying the Wings winning that series was a fluke. I don't recall people pointing out that all the Wings wins in that series were by one goal, 3 OT games, and the only blowout was by the Hawks.
Not it was a WHILE ago, but I certainly don't recall the media ripping the Wings.
NHL Head Coaches are, by and large, vastly overrated, especially when correlating the success and failure of the team to coaching prowess. Todd McLellan is the epitome of this.