Five excuses we'll hear

Updated: April 10, 2012, 11:05 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

1. "They didn't have to travel as much as we did."While we know it's hard for ordinary folk to get their heads around the rigors of traveling on a luxurious charter aircraft, it is a drag. Ask the Detroit Red Wings, who have made a habit of repeatedly winging back and forth to the West Coast the last few springs, what it takes out of them, especially compared to the relatively easy travel gig the Eastern Conference teams enjoy.

2. "The ice was terrible."This usually comes up when ...

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