NHL 2010 Western Conference Final: A Testament To Red Wings’ Excellence

May 12th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Now, when I whipped out this sentiment to my 2nd Grade teacher, Mrs. Ford, as an explanation as to why I wasn't "making fun of her" but simply, "flattering her", she didn't buy it.

Still, most would agree that this statement is largely true.

If so, the Detroit Red Wings can consider themselves one flattered hockey team.

As the Chicago Blackhawks (who have now thoroughly shed their "upstart" moniker) and San Jose Sharks are about to face each other in the Western Conference Finals, much will be written regarding the similarity that exists between the two elite clubs.

Both employ a skill-based, puck-possession style of play.

Both rely on a smart, mobile defense to generate offense and shutdown the opposition.

Both teams have players that are capable, if not adept, at playing a punishing physical gam ...

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