While driving up to Detroit to visit some relatives, we passed a van full of out-of-town folks apparently on their way to Joe Louis Arena for Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately for Penguins fans, their team lost 3-1 to the Red Wings.
The people in the white van also posted adulation for talented Penguins center Sidney Crosby, but he was largely a non-factor tonight, putting up just two shots on goal while racking up exactly zero points.
As the saying goes, there is always tomorrow, and in the case of the Stanley Cup Finals, this is a literal truth. Game Two will be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 8:00 pm EST. The Penguins will need to play their best game of the season to avoid returning to Pittsburgh down 2-0.
On Jim Styro's blog I predicted a 7-game Wings Stanley Cup victory, and I still think that the three-games-in-four-days schedule will result in a 1-2 start for the Wings. This is a team with significant injuries and a decidedly older roster, though admittedly I would be just as happy to see a 4-game, 5-game, or 6-game Wings victory.
Just bring the Cup home, gentlemen, and save the fat burner supplements for the off-season.