There isn’t a panic in Hockeytown, but there is certainly an undercurrent of uneasiness.
The Detroit Red Wing are facing their first championship-deciding Game 7 in over 20 year. After the first two games it looked like it would be a quick series, maybe even a sweep. The Penguins battled back though, and the “Detroit Train of Overconfidence,” as a local radio station calls it, was slowed down a bit.
Slowed, but not derailed.
Even though Pittsburgh have shown that they are no pushovers, Detroit is still confident about Friday’s Game 7. The way callers are talking on the radio, it sounds like the Red Wings have crushed the Penguins in every game and the Penguins have only stolen their wins. While others may think the city of Detroit is being cocky, the city has history on their side — and the Wings fans know it.
In the history of the Stanley Cup Finals there has only been 14 Game Sevens. The home team has won 12 out of those 14. The last home teams to lose in Game 7 of the finals were the Chicago Blackhawks in 1971 and the Red Wings’ loss to Toronto in 1945.
Everybody in town wants to be in that arena. They all want to hopefully see their winged wheelers hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup once again. Most of those people, though, will have to just dream about it. There is almost no way to get inside historic Joe Louis Arena, unless you have money to spend or an inside connection. The cheapest ticket is just a shade over $500 while most expensive is $10,000.
I myself want to be there, so maybe I will just have to as dress a concession chef, or the “Penguins’ team bus driver,” or even as one of the Zebras themselves.
When it all comes down to it, it’s not about missed calls or NHL conspiracies, like many in Detroit think it is. Instead, It is about two of the best teams in the league squaring off in a grudge match.
The most horrific thing about it is that in a Game 7 anything can happen… and while no one knows what’s to come, one thing is for sure it will be a game to remember.
Even with “the Train of Overconfidence Chugging away,” you can bet I will still be screaming at the TV during the game Friday night.