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by George Malik on 03/16/11 at 03:26 PM ET
Okay, so the news that Chris Osgood is apparently still “too sore” to back up Jimmy Howard for tonight’s Red Wings-Capitals game isn’t exactly great news. In fact, it’s downright worrisome. But maybe this quip from Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski, who spoke to NHL.com’s Bob Snow about his long and winding road to the NHL, as well as his three Stanley Cup wins with the New Jersey Devils and WIngs, might cheer you (and me) up:
“The two experiences [with New Jersey and Detroit] are very similar,” Rafalski said. “The first year, obviously, winning the championship at each and then losing in the Finals the second and then being knocked out [of the playoffs] early in the third year. I guess that means we’re supposed to win it this year,” he said, smiling about the Wings possibly paralleling the Devils’ three-year Cup calendar in 2000 and 2003 by replicating it in 2008 and 2011.
“I’ve been on some very good teams,” Rafalski said. “I came into New Jersey with some very skilled players and fit in real nice playing with some real good defensemen early in my career like Scott Stevens, and Scott Niedermayer, and having Larry Robinson as coach.
“All that continued [in Detroit]. I’ve just tried to learn from who is around you. Take this, and ask, ‘Can I use that? How can I use it, and in what part of my game?’ Just absorb things that are important. Each Cup was special with the path to each; each takes just as much effort. It is the highest echelon of this sport.”
I sure hope we’re due.
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