We all know what happened, we all watched the game and felt the same feeling when it was over. Pain; But we really have nothing to hang our heads over. For the last 19 seasons we have made the playoffs, gained amazing players like Hasek, Hull and Robatile, won 4 stanley cups, including 2 in the past 11 years. We have proven to the NHL that we are one of the greatest franchises in professional sports and one of the winningest. If it is not our year then it is not our year. We don't need to prove anything to anybody other than the fight to get our title back which we have won back to back in the past 2 years. San Jose is the better team and if they go to the finals then we can look back and say we lost to the western conference champions or even the Stanley Cup champions. San Jose has earned my respect because this team has played hard to win in all 3 games and I have no shame in losing to them. The penatly shot was the key to the win but Nabakov made an incredible save. I'm still a Wings fan no matter what. I was born a Wing and I'll die a Wing. Howard is the future for our net minding and now it is up to players like Abdelkader, Eaves, Zetterberg and Datsyuk to lead this team next year. Most likely Osgood, Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Draper and Maltby will retire and skate right into the Hall of Fame. We will probably lose Bertuzzi but we still have a game 4 so it isn't over yet.
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.