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by George Malik on 05/12/11 at 03:22 PM ET
According to the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is cheering on his former team from afar as the Red Wings attempt to rally from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks:
“It’s very exciting,” said Yzerman, Detroit’s captain for two decades. “I’ve been watching and enjoying it. I appreciate how hard they work, how skilled they are. Being down 3-0 to a very good San Jose team, to battle back just to 3-3, there’s so little margin for error in those three games. It’s been tremendous hockey, it’s been great for our league.”
“Knowing the coaching staff, knowing the entire organization and the players, I’m very happy for them,” he said. “They’ve really competed hard. Every time somebody wants to write them off as it’s the end of an era, or they’re too old, that’s it, they just come back stronger than ever.”
Yzerman, whose own team rallied for a 3-1 disadvantage to beat Pittsburgh in the first round, is currently waiting to open the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins, who blew a 3-0 series lead and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers a year ago.
“I don’t have a real good answer as to why,” Yzerman suggested as to this rash of Stanley Cup comebacks. “It seems like once a year throughout the playoffs, there’s a significant comeback. I think 3-1 and 3-0 is a much different thing, obviously. It’s only been done three times in the history of the game that a team has come back from 3-0. The more comebacks that happen, the more teams believe that, ‘Hey, we can do this. It’s possible.’ You just look at the Detroit-San Jose series. Even our Pittsburgh series. The games are so close. Every game is a one-goal game. In the Pittsburgh series, we lost Game 4 in overtime, but really played a good game. It came down to one shot and it went in. The San Jose-Detroit series is the same thing. Every single game is one goal, it could go either way. Teams that fall behind, as long as they don’t get discouraged, and make the adjustments that they see fit, then there’s always hope.”
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