Boy, are they ever. It came down to the craziest of crazy possible ways to close out a game, and the game-winning goal was Marc-Andre Fleury firing the puck backwards into the net with his ass like a Mario Party ground-pound, but the Detroit Red Wings are quite definitively the best team in the National Hockey League.
Every so often a team will win the Stanley Cup and people will go "yeah, well, but" because the winner didn't have to play X team, or because X player on the other team was injured, or what have you -- but this year the Champions are definitely the best of the best, and it would take a few leaps of logic to argue otherwise. The Playoffs this year were actually pretty underwhelming, all told, but they were also pretty straightforward; nobody in the East so much as took Pittburgh to seven games, and none of Detroit's opponents -- Pittsburgh included -- made it past Game Six with them. They made Pittburgh look like amateurs for the bulk of the series, and good on them for showing us all that it's possible to play exceptional defensive hockey without making the game profoundly boring.
Congratulations to the Champs! Another NHL season done! No doubt my productivity is bound to shoot upwards again, now that hockey's off the air for a few months. I'll have plenty of time to just kick back, think about things, maybe get going on -- holy crap, UEFA Euro 2008 starts Saturday? uh brb
[Edit, One Hour Later:]
pffffft ha ha ha ha
Way to build the suspense, Winnipeg Sun. Not to be mean, or to belabour the point, but you guys could stand to edit your website a bit more thoroughly. All I'm sayin'!
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