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Pat Caputo: An Exceptional Effort In Defeat By The Red Wings

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SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 12: Ruslan Salei #24 and Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings show their disapointment after losing 3 to 2 to the San Jose Sharks in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals  during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the HP Pavilion on May 12, 2011 in San Jose, California.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA – MAY 12: Ruslan Salei #24 and Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings show their disapointment after losing 3 to 2 to the San Jose Sharks in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the HP Pavilion on May 12, 2011 in San Jose, California.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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A long time ago, a sportswriter named Grantland Rice wrote about how it isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

That’s fine, if it’s about youth sports or high school sports or even college athletics, although the latter is a bit of a sham.

In regard to professional sports, Rice’s words generally ring hollow. It is whether you win. It’s the only reason professional teams exist.

But if there is an exception, it is the Red Wings in their just-completed Western Conference semifinal series with the San Jose Sharks.

The Red Wings lost, but their effort in defeat was exceptional.

That isn’t what a lot of Red Wings’ fans want to hear. They are disappointed and looking for scapegoats such as Jiri Hudler, for clocking Danny Cleary with an elbow to the head and not playing particularly well. How can a player elbow his teammate to the head?

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