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Like the '83 Oilers, must these Pens lose before they can win?

Updated: May 25, 2008, 7:51 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- So, here's the Stanley Cup version of the Pythagorean theorem. Before a monumental step is taken, there must be a monumental tumble, and we're not talking about Marc-Andre Fleury tumbling onto the ice before Game 1.

The theory goes, if you want to walk up the NHL playoff mountain, the tumble has to happen on that last step in full view of the summit, before you can know how to reach the peak.

It was so with the Detroit Red Wings. Before winning three ...

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