by Tony on 01/31/10 at 11:25 AM ET
From the Detroit Free Press:
That was nearly eight months ago, and whatever happens today at Mellon Arena on national television, it won’t change who owns the Cup. For the Wings, however, it is a significant game because they need points, and getting a pair from the defending champions would be a confidence booster.
“I think it’s up to us to show something, especially the way things have gone lately with us not having played up to our potential,” veteran forward Kirk Maltby said. “Any time we’ve won a championship, it’s always been that you measure yourself against the team that won the Cup last year.”
The Wings won the Cup in 2008 when they beat Pittsburgh in six games. A year later, they came so close, leading 2-0 and 3-2 in the series, only to lose Game 7 at home. “I felt it pretty hard right away,” Cleary said, “and still do. When I’m just sitting alone thinking, I think about it a lot and I keep telling myself to try to get it out of my mind. But it’s something I’ll never forget.”
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