Fear Not, Detroit Red Wings Fans: It’s Still a Series

May 4th, 2010 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
Which is the biggest game of any playoff series?

Answer: the next one.

The playoffs are like that old kids’ game, Kaboom. With each game the balloon gets pumped more and more with air—until you can only look at it with one eye opened, one eye closed and with a wince, wondering when it’s going to go KABOOM!

It’s game three tonight for the Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks, who lead two games to none. Cue the cliches of foreboding.

There’s no tomorrow. The backs are against the wall. It’s do or die. Must-win. Big game. Gotta have this one.

You don’t want to go down 0-3. We need a win to get back into this series. They held service, now we have to do the same.

They’re all true, of course.

I remember when the 2005 Pistons fell down 0-2 to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Pistons came home and won game three. ABC’s Al Michaels blurted it out shortly after the final horn.

“A series has broken out!”

Did it ever. The Pistons, playing three straight at home, won two of them (should hav ...

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