Monday, April 23, 2007
Nine years ago, the Red Wings and Stars staged an epic (to some) six-game battle in which Chris Osgood overcame the demons of a 60-foot Jamie Langenbrunner overtime winner to lead the Wings past the Stars and on to an eventual Stanley Cup. Since then, both teams have hoisted Lord Stanley, but have somehow avoided a rematch. Tonight, destiny seemed to be in the cards, but a 5-on-3 changed the moment, and even though the Canucks couldn't score then, they eventually got the puck past Marty Turco twice, and when a Modano slap shot hit the cross bar with three minutes left, I knew the battle we've long awaited would have to wait at least another year. Farewell NHL, see you in October!