There it is, Hockeytown. 22 straight playoff appearances for the Detroit Red Wings. I never doubted them. Okay, so I doubted them. But only when they appeared to doubt themselves. This team that we’ve seen the last four games? They’re capable of breaking some hearts in the playoffs.
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This will be less a recap of the game and more an ode to the guys that got us here.
Early in the year when the feces were hitting the oscillator, some wondered if Hank was the wrong choice for captain. The last four games I would say every player on the team has worked hard and contributed, but none more than Henrik Zetterberg. Watch him carry the puck in traffic with a defenseman on his back, taking slashes, being held, yet he never loses the puck. That takes skill, but it takes even more heart and determination to win. He’s been an inspirational leader. To hell with speeches and clichés. Hank didn’t pull this team into the playoffs, he pushed them in.