Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks Bite Detroit, End Red Wings’ Cup Run in Game Five

May 8th, 2010 by adam biggers Leave a reply »
And so the season ends.

With a 2-1 Game Five loss to San Jose in the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night, the Detroit Red Wings' run for Lord Stanley's Cup has come to an abrupt halt.

"It was a good game," Red Wing coach Mike Babcock said in his post-game interview with Fox Sports Detroit.

"It's what I expected the whole series to be."

In a series clouded with questionable officiating, blown faceoffs and lack of power-play opportunities, the Wings couldn't find a way to dispose of the high-flying Sharks offense.

San Jose's Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton were without a doubt the series MVPs. Marleau and Thornton hooked up on what ended up being the knockout goal in the fifth and final game.

Don't forget about Sharks net minder Evgeni Nabokov. "Nabby" kept pucks out of the net, and helped send the San Jose club to its second Western Conference final in its brief history.

Was Doug Murray's headshot on Johan Franzen worthy of a trip to the penalty box?

Did Pavelski deserve a freebie?

Speculate if you must, but that's water under the bridge.

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