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No lead is safe in 2013 version of the National Hockey League

by Dan Cash

I miss the good old days.  The days when the Detroit Red Wings would load up on major talent like Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Chris Chelios.  I miss when buying championships was en vogue.  The 2013 version of the National Hockey League no longer allows for that luxury.  

As evidenced by the roaring comeback of the previously struggling number 1 seed Chicago Blackhawks it only takes one swing in momentum for a series to turn on a dime.  The Red Wings were riding high in the Western Conference Finals following a 2-0 game 5 victory last Thursday night.  The win put the Wings up 3-1 and the top seed in the NHL was on the brink of elimination.  

Bandwagon Red Wings fans were coming out of the woodwork in Michigan.  (Myself included) It was like old times when the Red Wings were favored and taking over against teams that were simply inferior to their talent.  Then, all of a sudden something terrible happened: Chicago woke up and remembered it's the 2013 version of the Western Conference Finals not 1995.  

Joel Quennville created a super-line and the Blackhawks were off and running.  

It's possible that the Blackhawks could blow a game 7 at home after coming back from a 3-1 deficit but let's face it...it's their series to lose at this point.  That's the main difference between the 1995 NHL and now...the parody is so great that not a single series or in-game lead is safe.   

I can't tell if I like the parody or hate it but one thing is for sure game 7 will be fun to watch.