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Without Wings, West road remains rough

With the defending Cup champion Red Wings out, the playoff picture has changed. Or has it?

Updated: May 19, 2003, 4:52 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scotty Bowman was in the Fishing Lodge, the small private club on ice level at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Red Wings-Mighty Ducks game was in its early stages Wednesday night, and Bowman was viewing the ESPN broadcast. He was watching nervously, anxiously, perhaps even with foreboding. Finally, with the score still 1-1, Bowman got up and announced: "I can't watch this anymore." It was not an editorial assessment of the Wings' play, but a testament to his sense of ...

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