From Kukla’s Korner:
Bottom Line: How Bad Do The Wings Want This?
I believe our Uncle Mike is the best coach in the NHL. I do. But Ken Hitchcock is pretty damned close. He’s got a system. He employs that system. His team dislikes him intensely and he doesn’t care. They’ve bought into it and here we go again. It’s 1998 and the Wings are playing a gritty, hard-hitting, abrasive Dallas Stars team with great goaltending. 11 years later and here we are again.
Listen to Hitch and you’d think his boys have no chance. None. Lou Holtz-like. The Columbus press, because they’ve never covered a playoff series before, is eating up everything he’s saying and spitting it right back. They’re in for a lesson, too. Hitch is going to lie to them the whole way. Every word is strategy. Every single one.